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Padres: Local kid makes debut, tosses two perfect frames

El Cajon, CA native Joe Musgrove made quite the first impression on Padres fans Friday. The right-hander, who came over via trade from the Pirates this offseason, made his debut for his hometown team against the Giants, tossing a pair of perfect frames. He needed only 18 pitches to get through those two innings – […] Padres: Local kid makes debut, tosses two perfect frames - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Padres: Three closers San Diego could trade for not named Josh Hader

The Padres have been connected to Brewers left-hander Josh Hader for some time now. He makes sense on multiple fronts. He’s quickly growing too expensive for Milwaukee, a franchise that could look to re-tool its farm system and San Diego has the prospect capital to pull it off. But let’s say AJ Preller can’t – […] Padres: Three closers San Diego could trade for not named Josh Hader - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Eric Lauer’s 2020 shoulder injury was worse than initially thought

Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports Eric Lauer was not good in 2020, and his shoulder may have been partially to blame The 2020 season was one to forget for Eric Lauer. When David Stearns sent Trent Grisham and Zach Davies to San Diego in exchange for Lauer and Luis Urias, both fanbases, for the most part, felt pretty good about the trade. Unfortunately the performances of Lauer and Urias compared to Davies and Grisham in 2020 made the trade look really lopsided in favor of A.J. Preller and the Padres. At least those are the early returns, but unbeknownst to Brewer Nation,...

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Padres hoping Tommy Pham can get back on track this year

When the San Diego Padres traded Hunter Renfroe, Xavier Edwards and a player to be named later that wound up being Esteban Quiroz to Tampa Bay in late 2019, Tommy Pham was the main piece coming back in the deal. But last season, he didn’t perform like the center piece of that trade. Rather, the spotlight […] Padres hoping Tommy Pham can get back on track this year - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Borrow a Page Out of the Padres’ Book

Photo by Ralph Freso/ The 2021-22 offseason could make for the right time to add a star-name via the free agent market. When the San Diego Padres first signed Manny Machado to a 10-year/$300 million contract prior to the 2019 season, many were questioning the team’s decision to invest this much in a player given their then-current circumstances. The 2018 Padres finished with 96 losses and a last place finish in the NL West. The following year, Machado’s first with the club, San Diego marginally improved, winning 70-games, but still finishing 5th in the West. A...

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After big scare, Padres' Tommy Pham working toward being what he, team expect

Outfielder has had two hand surgeries, back surgery since August; looks to rebound in free agent year

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No, the Brewers are not trading Josh Hader to the Padres

Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/ At least not this year. It seems pretty clear at this point that the rest of Josh Hader’s days on the Brewers will be spent with everyone asking when Josh Hader’s days on the Brewers will end. This week, more (unfounded) trade rumors began to pop up again, with San Diego Padres fans basically pumping up a Hader-to-San Diego rumor so much online it actually got reported on. It’s simply not true, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal. While the Padres and Brewers have had some talks about Hader (for several years, according to...

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Brewers: Has The Starting Shortstop Job Already Been Won?

The Milwaukee Brewers still had uncertainty this offseason as to who would be the starting shortstop in 2021, but has the job already been won before spring training games even started? Competition. It lights a fire under every player. When the Brewers acquired Luis Urias in November 2019 in a trade with the Padres, it […] Brewers: Has The Starting Shortstop Job Already Been Won? - Reviewing the Brew - Reviewing the Brew - A Milwaukee Brewers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Padres: Three big name trade targets AJ Preller could be eyeing

The best part of covering the San Diego Padres? Never knowing what AJ Preller might pull out of his hat on any given day. Earlier this week, there was speculation (totally unconfirmed to this point) that Preller might have another blockbuster in the works. So far, nothing has come of it. But most of the […] Padres: Three big name trade targets AJ Preller could be eyeing - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Time on Padres catcher Austin Nola's side this spring

Converted shortstop Austin Nola can settle in with the Padres this spring after last summer's trade enrolled him in a crash course on San Diego's pitching staff

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Cubs: Trevor Williams could be a pleasant surprise in the rotation

The Chicago Cubs starting rotation looks incredibly different than it did last year. Tyler Chatwood, Jon Lester and Jose Quintana all signed with other teams in free agency and Yu Darvish was traded to the San Diego Padres in December. With those four gone, the only remaining starters from the abbreviated 2020 season’s rotation are […] Cubs: Trevor Williams could be a pleasant surprise in the rotation - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - Chicago Cubs News and Fan Community

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Padres Rumors: Is a Josh Hader blockbuster about to play out?

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire, right? That’s what Padres fans are hoping. Speculation on Twitter ranging from a trade for Brewers All-Star closer Josh Hader to packages including Lorenzo Cain or former NL MVP Christian Yelich are swirling – putting Friar Faithful on the edge of their seats tonight. Is AJ Preller done? #Padres “I’m […] Padres Rumors: Is a Josh Hader blockbuster about to play out? - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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MLB Rankings: These Five Teams had the Worst 2021 Offseasons

While the Padres and Mets cracked the four-minute mile this MLB offseason, most other teams took their sweet time perusing the free agent and trade markets. The Blue Jays didn’t leave the start line until January, and the Cardinals’ race began on January 31st then ended a week and a half later. Some teams started […] MLB Rankings: These Five Teams had the Worst 2021 Offseasons - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Padres: Joe Musgrove will honor Jake Peavy by wearing #44

Getting to play for your hometown team, the one you grew up idolizing is cool enough. But new Padres pitcher Joe Musgrove is kicking it up a notch in his first year in San Diego. Musgrove, a San Diego area native, joined the team via trade from Pittsburgh this offseason and, from the start, has […] Padres: Joe Musgrove will honor Jake Peavy by wearing #44 - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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What does the Fernando Tatis Jr. contract extension mean for Javier Baez?

Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/MLB Photos via The Cubs shortstop will be a free agent after 2021. Before you tell me I’m crazy for posing the question in the headline to this post, the answer to it is clearly “Nothing.” You caught me; it’s clickbait. Fernando Tatis Jr. is six years younger than Javier Baez and he has already posted nearly 8 bWAR more than Javy had through their age-21 seasons. Tatis is clearly a generational talent and the Padres paid him as such, with his 14-year, $340 million contract extension that likely keeps him a Padre for life,...

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Moreland, Rosenthal to Oakland

Photo by Michael Ivins/Boston Red Sox/ The A’s have reportedly agreed to one year deals with free agents Mitch Moreland and Trevor Rosenthal MLB Rumors: Mitch Moreland and Trevor Rosenthal are each heading to Oakland, with reports indicating the free agents have each agreed to one year deals with the A’s. Moreland, former Texas Ranger fan favorite who was with the Boston Red Sox from 2017 until being traded to the San Diego Padres at the trade deadline in 2020, has reportedly agreed to a one year, $2.25 million deal. He joins former Texas Ranger fan favorite Elvis...

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San Diego Padres: Blake Snell takes back ‘thank you’ to Boston Red Sox

Last year, the Boston Red Sox pulled off the year’s most surprising blockbuster trade when they sent Mookie Betts and David Price to the Los Angeles Dodgers. At the time, then Tampa Bay Rays ace Blake Snell was more than enthusiastic about the deal. Snell formally thanked the Red Sox for moving one of the […] San Diego Padres: Blake Snell takes back ‘thank you’ to Boston Red Sox - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Mets target Trevor Rosenthal signing with Athletics

Trevor Rosenthal won’t be reporting to Port St. Lucie for spring training. The top reliever left on the free-agent market, who had been connected to the Mets, will instead be joining the Athletics bullpen on a one-year, $11 million deal, according to multiple reports. Rosenthal, who split last season between the Royals and Padres, is...

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Royals Rumblings - News for February 16, 2021

Photo By Kathryn Scott Osler/The Denver Post via WHO ASKED FOR THIS? Royals Rumblings - News for February 16, 2021 TC Zenka at MLB Trade Rumors writes about how the Andrew Benintendi trade went down. Despite the Royals’ belief in Franchy Cordero’s power potential – Picollo invoked the name of David Ortiz in comparison as a late-blooming power bat – Benintendi better fits the needs of their ball club. To replace the legendary Alex Gordon in left, the Royals had explored a pact with Jurickson Profar, notes Worthy. But the Padres’ three-year commitment to...

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Padres could look to middle infield depth at the trade deadline

I’m sure a lot of you are going to be upset that I’m talking about possible trade deadline moves before pitchers and catchers even report to camp. But that’s too bad. That’s what you do when you think, like I do with this Padres team, that a deadline move to add that one missing piece […] Padres could look to middle infield depth at the trade deadline - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Padres: Clayton Kershaw weighs in on the Yu Darvish trade

Apparently, Clayton Kershaw wasn’t a fan of the Yu Darvish trade that took place between the Cubs and Padres. Well, that’s a shame. The Dodgers lefty and future Hall of Famer, in comments to the Los Angeles Times, covered an array of topics – including large market teams not putting an effort in when it comes […] Padres: Clayton Kershaw weighs in on the Yu Darvish trade - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Column: Padres newcomer Blake Snell should help on mound — and perhaps as mentor

Agent to MacKenzie Gore sees World Series standout as helpful mentor to top pitching prospect

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Stockwatch: Starting Pitcher Omar Cruz

The Pittsburgh Pirates brought in a ton of pitching prospects through trades this year. One of them was left-handed pitcher Omar Cruz. The Pittsburgh Pirates got a five player prospect package for Joe Musgrove from the San Diego Padres and New York Mets. While many turned their attention to outfielder Hudson Head and catcher Endy […] Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Stockwatch: Starting Pitcher Omar Cruz - Rum Bunter - Rum Bunter - A Pittsburgh Pirates Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Padres: Let’s hope the New York Mets pull off a Kris Bryant trade

As the guy who runs FanSided’s site dedicated to the Chicago Cubs, Cubbies Crib, as Padres fans, you might think I got my wires crossed and am writing about this topic on the wrong site. I assure you that’s not the case. San Diego Padres fans should be very interested in how the Kris Bryant trade […] Padres: Let’s hope the New York Mets pull off a Kris Bryant trade - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Padres agree to deal with reliever Mark Melancon

Padres add reliever Mark Melancon after losing both Kirby Yates and Trevor Rosenthal to free agency

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Padres farm system still incredibly strong after flurry of trades

For most teams, trading for a trio of Cy Young-caliber arms and a promising middle-of-the-rotation starter in less than a year would decimate a farm system. That’s not the case in San Diego. Padres GM and president of baseball operations AJ Preller pulled off deals for Blake Snell, Yu Darvish, Mike Clevinger and Joe Musgrove […] Padres farm system still incredibly strong after flurry of trades - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Angels sign outfielder Jon Jay to minor-league contract

Photo by Rob Leiter/MLB Photos via Another outfielder! If you thought the Angels were done adding outfielders, you were wrong. On Thursday, the Angels agreed to a minor-league contract with free-agent Jon Jay. The #Angels have signed OF Jon Jay to a minor league contract with an invitation to Major League Spring Training. https://t.co/dc9SxtIpOR— Angels PR (@LAAngelsPR) February 11, 2021 Jay has appeared in nearly 1,200 games over the past decade and has spent time with the Cardinals, White Sox, Cubs, Padres, Royals and most recently the D-Backs. He spent only...

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Pittsburgh Pirates: Do Not Rule Out A Chad Kuhl Trade Just Yet

It has been a busy offseason for the Pittsburgh Pirates on the trade market. So far this offseason general manager Ben Cherington has already swung a trio of major trades. These trades saw the Pittsburgh Pirates send first baseman Josh Bell to the Washington Nationals, starting pitcher Joe Musgrove to the San Diego Padres and […] Pittsburgh Pirates: Do Not Rule Out A Chad Kuhl Trade Just Yet - Rum Bunter - Rum Bunter - A Pittsburgh Pirates Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

MLB All Free-Agency Team Post Manny Machado Signing

Manny Machado signed a huge deal with the San Diego Padres on Tuesday, but there's still plenty of big-name free agents available on the market. NESN.com's Michaela Vernava takes a look at a hypothetical team comprised of all current MLB free agents. For

MLB.com FastCast: Richards to join Padres - 11/29/18

Garrett Richards agrees to a deal with the Padres, plus trade talks intensify between the Mariners and Mets for Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz About Major League Baseball: Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the U

Tyson Ross set to become free agent this offseason

Veteran right hander Tyson Ross will become a free agent after spending his 2018 season with the Padres and Cardinals About Major League Baseball: Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the United States and consis