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Braves sign pitcher Bud Norris

Next in line on a busy Wednesday is Bud Norris. A morning filled with signings and trades, the Atlanta Braves, according to their official Twitter account, made a one-year commitment to the free agent pitcher. Jon Heyman reported that Norris’ deal will be for $2.5 million. Norris is coming off of a 2015 campaign in […]
Via Baseball Essential
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Mark McGwire expected to be named Padres bench coach

Multiple reports now claim the San Diego Padres will add former slugger Mark McGwire to their staff as the bench coach in the coming days. McGwire has spent the last three seasons as the hitting coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the three years before that in the same capacity with the St. Louis Cardinals. New Padres manager Andy Green has made significant changes to the team’s...
Via Rumors and Rants
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

Padres Moves, Belatedly Discussed

[fancy intro here] Padres acquire: RHP Enyel De Los Santos and INF Nelson Ward from Mariners Padres trade: RHP Joaquin Benoit to Mariners Benoit’s been both consistent and effective since returning from shoulder surgery in 2010, but he turned 38 in July, he’s a reliever, and his peripherals dipped in 2015. He’s also owed $7.5 million in 2016, all of which combined to make...
Via Padres Public
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Bud Black joins Angels organization as special assistant to GM

Bud Black has finally found a job. After striking out on finding a managing gig this offseason, coming close to landing the manager gig in Washington, the former Padres skipper will take his talents to Los Angeles and join the Angels organization as a special assistant to GM Billy Eppler. Angels announce Bud Black as special assistant to GM Billy Eppler, as previously reported...
Via The Outside Corner
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Padres reportedly meet with Japanese 3B Nobuhiro Matsuda

Nobuhiro Matsuda hit 32 home runs and drove in 94 runs, both career highs, in 2015. Atsushi Tomura Getty ImagesThe San Diego Padres might be addressing their need for a third baseman by acquiring international talent.According the San Diego Union-Tribune, multiple Japanese outlets report that Padres general manager A.J. Preller and director of player personnel Logan White met with...
Via Fox Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Mark McGwire reportedly will take over as Padres bench coach

Mark McGwire will move a bit further down the California coast. Ezra Shaw Getty Images North AmericaMark McGwire is expected to be named the San Diego Padres' new bench coach, CBS Sports reports.He will replace Dave Roberts, who was just hired as the new manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers.McGwire, 52, spent the past three seasons as the hitting coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers...
Via Fox Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers expected to make managerial decision by Monday

    The Los Angeles Dodgers managerial vacancy, the only one currently in the MLB, could be filled in just a matter of hours now. ESPN’s Buster Olney reported on Sunday that a hiring decision is expected to be made by no later than Monday. Sources: A decision on the Dodgers' managerial hire is supposed to come down no later than Monday. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN...
Via Larry Brown Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

The Year James Shields Was Different

Three winters ago, we got into a lot of arguments about James Shields. He was at the center of a very polarizing trade and people took sides. You remember it, so I won’t rehash things other than to remark on how funny it is that the James Shields-Wil Myers blockbuster has actually become the Wade Davis trade. Wade Davis! The guy who gave up 5.92 runs per nine in the season following...
Via Fangraphs
5 days ago  |  Discuss

5 Reasons Why the Padres Should Keep Tyson Ross

The San Diego Padres are at a crossroads with their tall right-handed pitcher. Tyson Ross has taken huge strides ever since being acquired by the Padres with A.J. Kirby-Jones from the Oakland Athletics in November 2012 for Andy Parrino and Andrew Werner. The Padres clearly got the best of that deal. Ross has gone 26-34 […]
Via Baseball Essential
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Padres announce 2016 Spring Training Schedule

SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Padres today announced the schedule for 2016 Spring Training presented by Southwest Airlines, the club's 23rd spring in Peoria, Ariz. Padres' pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to Peoria on Friday, February 19, with their first workout scheduled for Saturday, February 20.  Position players are scheduled to report on Wednesday, February 24, with...
Via Fox Sports San Diego
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Craig Kimbrel Showed a Changeup

There’s a difference between saying a pitcher has a changeup, and saying a pitcher throws a changeup. Pretty much every pitcher has a changeup — all it takes is once or twice having messed around with the grip and the delivery. If a guy has thrown a changeup, and remembers what he did, it could be said the same guy has a changeup. But to say a guy throws a changeup — that...
Via Fangraphs
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Marlins won’t trade pitching ace Jose Fernandez

Several experts have said they wouldn’t be surprised if the Miami Marlins traded ace righty Jose Fernandez this offseason, but a report on Tuesday claims that isn’t in the cards. Joe Frisaro of has been told by two “highly-places sources” that Miami won’t be dealing it’s 23-year-old stud. While it would make sense for the Marlins to get as much as they can for...
Via Rumors and Rants
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Kimbrel Trade The 'New Normal' Or Just A Bad Deal?

Baseball writers all over America are struggling with this question: Is the acquisition of Craig Kimbrel for four really good prospects a wicked bad deal or just the setting of the new marketplace for relievers? There really isn't a simple answer—yet. Dave Dombrowski gave up two elite prospects and two more pretty darned good ones for one relief pitcher under control for just three...
Via FenwayNation
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Sign Me Up For Team Bud Black

If the latest reports are to be believed, the Dodgers managerial search is down to three candidates: Bud Black, Gabe Kapler, and Dave Roberts. The good news is, those three are all very good candidates, for very, very different reasons. It’s not difficult in the least to make a strong, compelling, case for any of the three of them. It’s nice to not have a “please, not that...
Via Dodgers Digest
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Did the San Diego Padres Have a Successful Season?

The San Diego Padres entered 2015 with plenty of buzz and hype. They signed James Shields, traded for Craig Kimbrel, Justin Upton, Wil Myers, Matt Kemp, Derek Norris, and Will Middlebrooks—and more. But the Padres finished in the bottom half of offenses despite a remade lineup and the top half of runs allowed—the wrong direction—despite playing in spacious Petco Park. Offense...
Via The Sports Post
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Ian Kennedy Rejects Qualifying Offer; Padres Rejoice

A collective sigh could be heard over the city of San Diego Friday afternoon, as Ian Kennedy has not accepted his qualifying offer from the San Diego Padres. He would have received $15.8 million dollars this season if he accepted, instead he will be a free agent, effective immediately. The Padres were very smart in […]
Via Baseball Essential
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Padres Rumors: Upton & Kennedy, Bochtler, Desmond

Well, I’m assuming most of you have heard that Craig Kimbrel is no longer on the Padres. That’s right, he is now on the Boston Red Sox. To learn more about the trades of Kimbrel and his former set-up man Joaquin Benoit and what it means for the Padres, here’s Richard Dorsha’s take on it all. Now, in the mean time, there were some other recwnt news about the Padres: The...
Via Friarhood
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox acquire Craig Kimbrel for four minor leaguers

One day after I wrote about the relief market developing quickly with respect to Darren O’Day, Ken Rosenthal reported that the Red Sox acquired veteran closer Craig Kimbrel from the Padres. In return, San Diego gets four young players: Infielders Carlos Asuaje and Javy Guerra, outfielder Manuel Margot, and left-handed pitcher Logan Allen The Padres traded for Kimbrel less...
Via The Outside Corner
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Mariners get Joaquin Benoit, who won’t go away

Here’s the difference between now and the trade deadline. At the trade deadline, when the Twins went out and picked up Kevin Jepsen, I shrugged and kept thinking about other, potentially bigger things. I forgot about the move five minutes after I learned about it. Now, this is a whole post about the Mariners going out and picking up Joaquin Benoit from the Padres. Not that Benoit...
Via Fangraphs
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Padres Extend Qualifying Offers to Upton, Kennedy

All MLB teams had until 5 p.m. ET today to decide which of their free-agents-to-be they would extend qualifying offers to. The qualifying offer system has been around since the 2012-13 off-season, and no player has yet to except a qualifying offer, but will that change this time around? This off-season, the qualifying offer is valued at $15.8 million. As expected, the Padres extended...
Via Friarhood
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Petco Park transformed into cool 9-hole golf course

The San Diego Padres didn’t make the playoffs this season, meaning they could get an early start on their golf games this fall. Looks like they won’t have to travel too far now. The Padres have teamed up with Callaway Golf for a rather ambitious project: transforming Petco Park into a 9-hole golf course. That project was rolled out Thursday in the form of the Links at Petco...
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Bud Black ‘deeply offended’ by Nationals’ contract offer

Bud Black will no longer be the next manager of the Washington Nationals after being insulted by the team’s contract offer, reports say. Black accepted the Nationals’ managerial position last Wednesday and the two sides began exchanging contract figures shortly thereafter, according to CBS Sports. However, the Nationals gave him a “low-ball” offer that left...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Former No. 1 MLB pick Matt Bush released from prison

Matt Bush was released from prison on Friday after being incarcerated in 2012 for DUI with serious bodily harm, according to Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times. Former @MLB No. 1 pick and #Rays RHP Matt Bush was released from prison Friday, incarcerated since spring 2012 for DUI/serious bodily harm — Joe Smith (@TBTimes_JSmith) October 31, 2015   The former No. 1 overall...
Via Sportsnaut
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Pat Murphy won't be back as Padres manager next year

Pat Murphy will not be getting the “interim” tag removed from his job title. Shortly after their regular season finale, the San Diego Padres announced that Murphy will not return as the team’s manager next season. The San Diego Union-Tribune‘s Dennis Lin was first with the news on Twitter: Padres announce that interim manager Pat Murphy will not return in the same capacity...
Via The Outside Corner
October 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Dick Enberg to retire as voice of Padres after 2016 season

Long-time broadcaster Dick Enberg has announced that the 2016 season as the TV Voice of the San Diego Padres will be his last. Enberg has been calling Padres games dating back to 2010. Earlier this year, he was given the Ford C. Frick Award from the Baseball Hall of Fame for broadcasting excellence making him only one of two people who have been honored by the Baseball, Pro Football...
Via Awful Announcing
September 24, 2015  |  Discuss

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