Padres Rumors & News

  • Major League Baseball considering expansion, radical realignment

    Hardball Talk "Tracy Ringolsby of Baseball America wrote yesterday about a “growing consensus” within baseball that expansion and realignment are inevitable. The likely expansion cities: Portland and Montreal. The 32-team league would then undergo a radical realignment that would also involve reducing the season..." October 17

  • Major League Baseball should amend replay review for on/off base disputes

    Hardball Talk "The Cubs won Thursday’s NLDS Game 5 by a 9-8 score over the Nationals and were aided in part by replay review in the eighth inning, helping Wade Davis escape a jam. The Nationals had scored a run on a Michael Taylor RBI single, cutting their deficit to one run. Lobaton kept the rally going with a..." October 13

  • MLB Sets 2017-18 Qualifying Offer At $17.4MM

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has set the qualifying offer for the upcoming offseason at $17.4MM, MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes reports (Twitter link). With the news, teams can now make full assessments of whether to issue qualifying offers to pending free agents. Offers are due five days after the World Series..." October 13

  • Padres have talent coming, but will also seek external options this offseason

    San Diego Union-Tribune "More than 1,100 miles separate San Antonio from Petco Park. More than 600 lie between El Paso and downtown San Diego. In 2018, several baseball players could traverse the distance relatively easily. The Padres on Sunday finished their regular season, and thus their entire season. A roster..." October 03

  • Draft: First-Round Order For 2018

    Real GM Baseball "The regular season is over, so the order of the first round of the 2018 Major League Baseball draft has been solidified. 1. Detroit Tigers 2. San Francisco Giants 3. Philadelphia Phillies 4. Chicago White Sox 5. Cincinnati Reds 6. New York Mets 7. San Diego Padres 8...." October 02

  • MLB names World Series MVP Award in Honor of Willie Mays

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball just announced that it has renamed the World Series Most Valuable Player Award in honor of Willie Mays. Beginning with the 2017 World Series, the MVP of the Fall Classic will now be recognized as the “Willie Mays World Series Most Valuable Player.” The announcement comes..." September 29

  • 'Concussion' doctor Bennet Omalu says MLB's seven-day DL is 'a joke'

    CBS Sports "The San Diego Padres have had a rough season when it comes to catcher concussions. Backup Hector Sanchez missed a week in April after taking a ball off the mask. Meanwhile, starter Austin Hedges missed closer to two weeks due to his own concussion -- one that required vision training before he..." September 28

  • The time two umpires almost got blackmailed over a hookup with strippers

    Hardball Talk "I didn’t put “must-click link” in the headline because there wasn’t room, but I kinda doubt I need to tell you that you need to click on this link, which takes you to a wonderful story by William Ryczek over at The National Pastime Museum. The short version: in 1960 two big league umpires, Ed..." September 27

  • Major League Baseball wants you to look at a screen while you’re at the ballpark

    Hardball Talk "During the debate last week involving expanded netting at major league ballparks, the familiar refrain from the anti-netting crowd rung out: “hey, netting wouldn’t be necessary if you simply paid attention!” These folks get particularly upset at the idea of people looking at their phones or..." September 25

  • Padres, Dodgers might play series in Mexico next season

    San Diego Union-Tribune "In 1996, the Padres and the New York Mets traveled to Monterrey, Mexico, to play Major League Baseball’s first regular-season series outside the United States or Canada. The Padres went back in 1999, hosting the Colorado Rockies in the first regular-season opener south of the border. Next May,..." September 23

  • Major League Baseball claims it will “redouble its efforts” on expanded netting

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday, during the Minnesota Twins-New York Yankees game at Yankee Stadium, a young girl was injured after a foul ball flew off the bat of Todd Frazier and into the stands along the third base line where she was sitting. In some parks that ball would be stopped because of netting down the..." September 21

  • Top five Cy Young contenders in each league

    Larry Brown Sports "Both the American and National League have clear contenders for their respective Cy Young Awards this season, but the outcome of each race is still murky as we head into the final weeks of the season. There’s a lot to consider in the races for both leagues. Here’s a look at the top five..." September 20

  • MLB league-wide single season home run record set to fall Tuesday

    Hardball Talk "Giancarlo Stanton‘s smacks, Aaron Judge‘s jolts and all those dizzying long balls helped Major League Baseball move another poke closer to the inevitable. Nearly two decades after the height of the Steroids Era, the sports is on track to break its season record for home runs on Tuesday – and..." September 18

  • NL MVP: Sorting out the crowded field won't be easy

    Sporting News "If you happen to run into a baseball writer who has a 2017 NL MVP vote, give that person a hug. They’ll need it. Trying to sort out this year’s crowded NL MVP race is a nearly impossible task. As many as six players have had seasons worthy of first-place votes, which means you’re going to see..." September 18

  • 2017 MLB season might not feature a 20-win pitcher for first time in nearly 10 years

    CBS Sports "With just two weeks left in the 2017 Major League Baseball season, we can start to take a look at some of the stats and have a good idea where things will end up. On that front, let's glance at the MLB leaderboard for pitcher wins. As noted by Twitter friend Matt Harvey (@halladayfan32), the..." September 18

  • Teams seeking Miguel Sano-like talent at age 13

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Twins, like most MLB teams, will send scouts to a showcase in the Caribbean this week for Venezuelan prospects, a chance to measure and evaluate players who will eventually sign contracts to play professionally. But this gathering of baseball talent is unusual — though it reflects the new..." September 18

  • Major League Baseball: still flailing at front office diversity

    Hardball Talk "We’ve written many times about how Major League Baseball has a diversity problem in its front office and executive ranks. General managers are almost all youngish white dudes from Ivy League institutions and they have hired people in their own image for years. That, combined with astoundingly low..." September 15

  • 2018 will feature the earliest Opening Day in baseball history

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball announced its master schedule for the 2018 season. Opening Day will be Thursday, March 29. It’s the earliest Opening Day in baseball history, with the exception of special international openers like the ones in Japan and Australia. Until now, the earliest opening date for a..." September 12

  • Shohei Otani is coveted by MLB teams and this filthy slider might explain why

    CBS Sports "We take you to Japan, where Shohei Otani of the Nippon Ham Fighters is about to uncork one of the nastiest slide-pieces you've ever beheld ... And the people say: Larduhmercy. If Allen Iverson's crossover were somehow made into a breaking ball, it would look like that, probably. Otani in..." September 12

  • Stammen interested in re-signing with Padres

    San Diego Union-Tribune "Craig Stammen has made a successful comeback with the Padres after missing nearly all of the last two major league seasons. And, according to the veteran reliever, he is not in a rush to move on. Speaking with the Union-Tribune on Sunday, Stammen expressed interest in re-signing with San Diego in..." September 11

  • Padres option struggling Hunter Renfroe to El Paso

    San Diego Union-Tribune "Hunter Renfroe began this season hoping to contend for the National League Rookie of the Year award. With six weeks left, he received the first demotion of his young career. The Padres on Saturday optioned the right fielder to Triple-A El Paso and recalled Jabari Blash from the same affiliate...." August 20

  • Rob Manfred not in favor of electronic strike zone, says technology isn’t good enough yet

    New York Daily News "Despite increasing calls to use technology to determine balls and strikes, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred isn’t in favor of such a change, according to MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince. “The fact of the matter is they (umpires) get them right well over 90 percent of the time,” Manfred said, adding..." August 20

  • Jered Weaver Announces Retirement

    MLB.com "Jered Weaver today announced that he has retired from Major League Baseball following a playing career that spanned 12 seasons. "I've decided to step away from baseball. While I've been working hard to get back on the mound, my body just will not allow me to compete like I want to," said..." August 16

  • Padres extend the contract of manager Andy Green through 2021 season

    CBS Sports "The Padres on Sunday morning announced that they have extended the contract of manager Andy Green. "Throughout the past two seasons, Andy has consistently proven to us his leadership abilities and strong character," said general manager A.J. Preller in a statement. "Andy's knowledge of the..." August 13

  • MLB players will be allowed to wear nickname jerseys Aug. 25-27

    ESPN "Major League Baseball will look anything but uniform for a newly created Players Weekend later this month. MLB, together with the MLB Players Association, announced Wednesday a group of initiatives aimed letting players express themselves while connecting with their past in youth..." August 09

  • Carter Capps returns to MLB with a slightly different delivery and much less velocity

    CBS Sports "For the first time since 2015, right-hander Carter Capps pitched in a big-league game on Monday night. Capps missed the entire 2016 season and the start of the 2017 season following Tommy John surgery. He pitched for the Marlins from 2014-15, then was traded to the Padres at least year's trade..." August 09

  • MLB releases 2017 postseason schedule

    MLB.com "Major League Baseball released the 2017 postseason schedule on Tuesday -- and it is similar to last year's, except in one important way: The 113th World Series will begin Oct. 24 on FOX at the home of the league champion with the better regular-season record. The standard playoff tiebreaker..." August 08

  • Padres elect to hang on to Hand, Chacin

    MLB.com "All along, the Padres maintained they wouldn't budge from their high asking price for Brad Hand. Evidently, it was never met. The non-waiver Trade Deadline has passed, and Hand, one of the most sought-after relievers on the market, is still a Padre. Hand, whose ERA has dipped to an even 2.00..." August 01

  • Padres prospect Anderson Espinoza has torn UCL, will undergo Tommy John surgery

    San Diego Union-Tribune "Anderson Espinoza, the Padres’ No. 1 prospect entering the year, has a torn ulnar collateral ligament and will undergo Tommy John surgery next week. The procedure likely will sideline the 19-year-old right-hander through the end of next season. Espinoza never made his 2017 debut. Forearm..." July 29

  • Current, former MLB players discuss the sport’s cocaine problem

    New York Daily News "It's been 10 months since Marlins ace Jose Fernandez died late at night while accidentally driving a boat into a jetty off the coast of Miami. He had alcohol and cocaine in his system at the time, according to the toxicology report. Two other passengers were killed, too. While baseball has been..." July 28

  • Padres reportedly latest team in on Sonny Gray sweepstakes

    Sportsnaut "The MLB trade deadline makes for some strange bedfellows. How else could we possibly explain the San Diego Padres’ reported interest in Oakland Athletics ace Sonny Gray? According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Padres have joined seemingly half of Major League Baseball to show interest in..." July 28

  • Some GMs like to deal with each other -- and some don't

    ESPN "Every baseball executive understood by mid-June that Washington general manager Mike Rizzo needed bullpen help -- again -- to help plug the gap at closer. But Rizzo’s choices were far less than perfect, certainly less attractive than in 2016 when he talked about deals involving Aroldis Chapman and..." July 25

  • Royals acquire three pitchers from Padres in exchange for Matt Strahm and Travis Wood

    Kansas City Star "One week before the trade deadline, the Royals executed a deal to reinforce their pitching staff, acquiring starting pitcher Trevor Cahill, reliever Brandon Maurer and left-handed pitcher Ryan Buchter from the San Diego Padres in exchange for left-handed pitchers Travis Wood and Matt Strahm and..." July 24

  • Likely destinations for all the top stars on the block

    USA Today "The Cleveland Indians witnessed it first-hand over the weekend, and would love to stuff him in their overhead compartment Wednesday afternoon when they fly home from the Bay Area after a week-long stay. The Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers can line up their playoff rotations now, with a..." July 18

  • Padres seeking Ken Giles-type return for All-Star Hand

    CBS Sports "Following Friday's loss to the Giants (SF 5, SD 4), the Padres are now 38-51 with an MLB worst minus-129 run differential. Only the Phillies (29-59) and Giants (35-56) have worse records this season. This isn't surprising, of course. The Padres are in the middle of a massive rebuild, and we all..." July 15

  • 15 teams have expressed interest in Padres' Hand

    San Diego Union-Tribune "Early last June, the Padres made the opening move of the 2016 trade season, shipping James Shields to the White Sox in a pre-draft exchange. It wound up being the first of six deals before the non-waiver deadline, each transaction going toward what has become a massive rebuilding project. More..." July 15

  • Padres asked Dodgers for Verdugo in Hand trade discussions

    Fanrag Sports "The San Diego Padres asked for big Los Angeles Dodgers prospect Alex Verdugo in talks regarding fine lefty reliever Brad Hand, sources tell FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman and Robert Murray. This goes along with the Padres’ earlier request for top infield prospect Gleyber Torres from the Yankees,..." July 14

  • 2017 World Series Odds for Every MLB Team at the All-Star Break

    Bleacher Report "As MLB takes an All-Star-break breather, a clear crop of World Series contenders has surfaced above a crowd of playoff candidates. Even if the entire American League stays alive well past the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, one distinct favorite hovers a step over three other potent title..." July 12

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred reveals the league may expand to these three cities

    New York Daily News "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred is considering making the big leagues even bigger. While taking questions at Monday's FanFest, Manfred discussed the idea of possible expansion in the league's future. He mentioned three cities that could someday find themselves with an MLB..." July 11

  • Yankees May Have Interest In Brad Hand

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Padres’ David Post, who’s a special assistant to general manager A.J. Preller, has been following the Yankees’ Triple-A team in Scranton Wilkes/Barre, reports George A. King III of the New York Post. There’s a sense in the industry that Post is doing so because the Yankees are interested in..." July 09

  • Dan Shulman leaving ESPN 'Sunday Night Baseball' broadcast, staying at network

    USA Today "Dan Shulman will step away as voice of ESPN’s "Sunday Night Baseball" at season’s end, the network confirmed late Monday night. Shulman, who has served as the play-by-play commentator for ESPN’s weekly featured MLB broadcast since 2011, broke news of his departure to Sports Illustrated in an..." July 04

  • Umpire Angel Hernandez sues MLB over discrimination, treatment by Joe Torre

    ESPN "MLB umpire Angel Hernandez is suing the league and the commissioner's office, alleging that a long-simmering personal vendetta between him and Joe Torre, as well as racial discrimination, has hindered his career advancement. In the suit filed Monday in Ohio, Hernandez claims that Torre, MLB's..." July 04

  • Dave Roberts Suspended 1 Game for Role in Altercation with Padres' Andy Green

    Bleacher Report "Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts earned a one-game suspension for the altercation with the San Diego Padres Friday, per Chris Cotillo of SB Nation. After a discussion with the umpires, Roberts pushed Padres manager Andy Green, leading to a clearing of the benches for both squads. Both..." July 02

  • Roberts says he blew up at Green after 'pointed' comments toward Wood

    MLB.com "Benches cleared and tempers flared during Friday night's 10-4 Dodgers victory at Petco Park, in which Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts went after Padres skipper Andy Green during a meeting with umpires before the second inning. The issue arose in the bottom of the first when Dodgers starter..." July 01

  • Manager scuffle breaks out between Dodgers' Dave Roberts, Padres' Andy Green

    CBS Sports "The Dodgers and Padres are opening a three-game series at Petco Park on Friday night (GameTracker), and it looks like these two teams could be in for a very interesting weekend. In the bottom of the first, Dodgers left Alex Wood had some words with Padres left fielder Jose Pirela, who was..." July 01

  • Padres reportedly asked Yankees about top prospect Gleyber Torres

    CBS Sports "Baseball's trade deadline is about a month away, and that means it's time for the rumor mill to get to work. While trade-season speculation can sometimes inform us about what teams intend to do, often it serves as little more than entertainment. To wit, consider what Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports..." June 29

  • Alex Dickerson to miss 2017 season after undergoing back surgery

    Hardball Talk "Padres’ outfielder Alex Dickerson won’t see PETCO Park anytime soon — at least, not as its starting left fielder. The 27-year-old was diagnosed with a bulging disc in his lower back prior to the start of the 2017 season, and hasn’t made any kind of substantial progress in the months since...." June 24

  • Padres CEO on Anthony Rizzo not getting suspended for hard slide: 'Pure BS'

    CBS Sports "ou are by now of course familiar with the Anthony Rizzo-Austin Hedges controversy. During Monday night's Padres-Cubs game at Wrigley (CHC 3, SD 2), Rizzo slid hard into Padres catcher Hedges during a play at the plate. Hedges held onto the ball, and Rizzo was called out. However, subsequent..." June 22

  • Padres manager explains why retaliation against Anthony Rizzo would have been ‘asinine’

    Fox Sports "Anthony Rizzo did more damage against the Padres in the Cubs’ 4-0 win on Tuesday. One night after his home-plate collision – which was deemed illegal by Major League Baseball – Rizzo homered to lead off the bottom of the first inning. Some wondered whether the Padres would plunk Rizzo in..." June 21

  • Yangervis Solarte Headed For DL Due To Strained Oblique

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Padres announced to reporters prior to tonight’s game that infielder Yangervis Solarte was scratched from the lineup due to a strained left oblique muscle (Twitter links via Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune). He’ll be placed on the 10-day disabled list due to the injury, which he..." June 21