Padres Rumors & News

  • Padres to acquire Freddy Galvis from Phillies

    Fanrag Sports "The Philadelphia Phillies are finalizing a deal to send shortstop Freddy Galvis to the San Diego Padres, according to Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports. Galvis, 28, is off one of his better seasons. The infielder slashed .255/.309/.382 with 12 homers, a single-season career-high 29 doubles,..." December 15

  • Padres 'have real interest' in shortstop Zack Cozart

    Cincinnati Enquirer "The San Diego Padres "have real interest” in former Cincinnati Reds shortstop Zack Cozart, according to a source. Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe first connected the Padres to Cozart. Nothing is imminent, the source said, but the Padres have kept in regular contact with Cozart’s agent. The..." December 14

  • Padres Emerge As ‘Clear-Cut Favorites’ To Sign Eric Hosmer

    NESN "As Major League Baseball’s Winter Meetings wrap up, teams are homing in on their targets. And it appears the San Diego Padres have a man in mind. The Padres have emerged as the “clear-cut” favorites to sign free agent first baseman Eric Hosmer, USA TODAY’s Bob Nightengale reported Thursday..." December 14

  • Angels reportedly close to acquiring Chase Headley

    Larry Brown Sports "The Los Angeles Angels are making moves at the Winter Meetings. The Angels are reportedly close to acquiring Chase Headley from the San Diego Padres to fill their need at third base. This move would come hours after they made another trade to acquire Ian Kinsler from the Tigers to play..." December 14

  • Rays acquire Ryan Schimpf from the Padres

    Hardball Talk "The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired infielder Ryan Schimpf from the San Diego Padres for infielder Deion Tansel. This is about as minor a deal as there can be, but we’ll take what we can get at a slow Winter Meetings. But it may have at least some minor connection to bigger deals, both completed..." December 12

  • Report: Yankees Trade Chase Headley, Mitchell To Padres

    CBS New York "Brian Cashman isn’t messing around. The Yankees general manager pulled off another big move Tuesday, sending veteran third baseman Chase Headley and reliever Bryan Mitchell to the San Diego Padres for outfielder Jabari Blash, Joel Sherman of the New York Post first reported. The most..." December 12

  • Padres Remain 'Strongly in Mix' for Eric Hosmer

    Bleacher Report "The San Diego Padres are reportedly looking to make a run at prized free-agent first baseman Eric Hosmer, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Per Heyman, the Padres are "thinking big" and remain "strongly in the mix" for Hosmer's services. The 28-year-old Hosmer spent the first seven..." December 12

  • Hosmer visits San Diego as Padres hold keen interest

    Fanrag Sports "Star free agent first baseman Eric Hosmer visited in San Diego with the Padres Thursday, lending more credence to their scenario that he could wind up with the small-market club that’s still in a rebuild. Some may see the low-revenue Padres as an unlikely fit for a big-time free agent, but a..." December 08

  • Myers OK with outfield move if Padres land Hosmer

    Fanrag Sports "Padres star Wil Myers has approved a potential move to the outfield in case San Diego signs free-agent star Eric Hosmer, the latest sign the Padres consider themselves a serious player for Hosmer. Myers was recently called by Padres, team sources say, and he didn’t hesitate; the highest..." December 06

  • Padres extend A.J. Preller through 2022

    San Diego Union-Tribune "The Padres waded through reconstruction in 2017, auditioning and, in some cases, committing to youth. In August, they acted on a long-discussed idea by extending manager Andy Green. Having had concurrent talks with their general manager, the team’s owners shifted their attention to A.J. Preller,..." December 03

  • Preller says Padres hopeful for invitation to meet with Shohei Ohtani

    San Diego Union-Tribune "A.J. Preller did not make a televised plea while hanging from the side of a building, as the New York Yankees’ Brian Cashman did, or struggle to contain his excitement in a podcast appearance, which was the case for Seattle’s Jerry Dipoto, but the Padres’ desire to sign Japanese star Shohei Ohtani..." December 03

  • Top offseason trade candidates not named Giancarlo Stanton

    CBS Sports "Barring any surprises -- I think we'd all welcome some surprise hot stove activity -- the two biggest stories of the 2017-18 MLB offseason will be the Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes and the Giancarlo Stanton trade market. Ohtani is expected to be posted in the coming days and the 21-day negotiating..." November 28

  • MLB Sets Record For Revenues In 2017, Increasing More Than $500 Million Since 2015

    Forbes.com "Major League Baseball continues to hit home runs on the business side. According to sources at the league, 2017 marks the 15th consecutive year MLB has seen record gross revenues, surpassing the $10 billion mark for the first time. By comparison, the league saw revenues approaching $9.5 billion at..." November 22

  • MLB wants 20-second pitch clock as pace-of-play initiative in 2018

    ESPN "The serious negotiations over Major League Baseball's pace-of-play initiatives haven't really started yet and probably won't for weeks to come. Once MLB and the Players Association dig into their talks, there will be haggling over the particulars of some ideas, like restrictions on the number of..." November 21

  • BBWAA announces 2018 Hall of Fame ballot

    Sporting News "The Baseball Writers’ Association of America on Monday announced the 33 candidates for the 2018 Hall of Fame ballot. The ballot lists 14 returning players who received at least five percent of the overall vote in 2017. Among those players, Trevor Hoffman (74.0 percent) and Vladimir Guerrero..." November 20

  • Deadline To Set 40-Man Rosters For Rule 5 Draft Is Tonight

    MLB Trade Rumors "The deadline for Major League teams to set their 40-man rosters in advance of next month’s Rule 5 Draft is tonight at 8pm ET. As such, baseball fans should expect to see a flurry of activity over the next 11 hours. There will be likely be players designated for assignment, outrighted and claimed..." November 20

  • Padres eye reunions with Stammen, Chacin

    MLB.com "The Padres are hoping to reunite with a pair of right-handers this offseason in reliever Craig Stammen and starter Jhoulys Chacin. The two revitalized their careers in San Diego in 2017. Now free agents, both remain squarely on the Padres' radar for '18 as well. "Both guys had good..." November 16

  • Report: MLBPA challenging NPB posting system, delaying Shohei Ohtani’s move to MLB

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball had a “tentative agreement” in place to allow the Nippon Ham Fighters to post Shohei Ohtani — a lauded pitcher and hitter — for $20 million. However, the players’ union is challenging the system, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports, which will..." November 16

  • Rangers Acquire Hunter Cole To Complete Sam Dyson Trade

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rangers have acquired minor-leaguer Hunter Cole from the Giants, per a club announcement. Cole becomes the player to be named later from the deal that sent reliever Sam Dyson to San Francisco over the summer. Cole, 25, has topped out at the Double-A level thus far in his career. Indeed, he..." November 15

  • New MLB-NPB Posting Agreement Still Weeks Away

    MLB Trade Rumors "The hope is that Major League Baseball and Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball will finalize a new posting system at some point in early December, MLB Chief Legal Officer Dan Halem tells reporters including Joel Sherman of the New York Post (Twitter link). Until that comes to pass, Japanese..." November 15

  • MLB wants to get a pitch clock in place for the 2018 season

    Hardball Talk "As several games dragged on well past the three and four hour mark this postseason, fans active online increasingly chattered about the need for a pitch clock, rules limiting mound visits or some other means of moving things along. Today at the owners meetings down in Florida, MLB’s Chief Legal..." November 15

  • Padres to make run at Eric Hosmer?

    ESPN "The San Diego Padres could be a surprise suitor in this winter's Eric Hosmer sweepstakes. The Pads are internally discussing the idea of pursuing the coveted free-agent first baseman, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune hears the same, noting the..." November 15

  • Dodgers and Padres set for Mexico series in May

    Los Angeles Times "The Dodgers are headed to Mexico next season. The Dodgers and San Diego Padres will play a three-game series May 4-6 in Monterrey, Mexico, according to a person familiar with the matter but not authorized to discuss it publicly. An announcement is expected Monday. The Padres will be the home..." November 13

  • MLB sees increase in sponsor spending while NFL is trending negative

    Awful Announcing "Coming off a successful postseason, Major League Baseball got some more good news. According to a new report, MLB saw a record in corporate sponsorship spending of $892 million, a jump of almost 8%. It comes after the 2016 World Series, which was the most-watched Fall Classic in 12 years, while..." November 08

  • From Jose Canseco to J.J. Watt, everyone thinks MLB balls are juiced

    Chicago Sun-Times "As balls sailed out of Major League ballparks in record fashion this past season, the whispers from disbelievers were drowned out by the roars of the longball-clamoring crowd. But after Sunday’s World Series slugfest that saw a combined seven home runs with the Houston Astros finally prevailing..." October 31

  • Matt Stairs strong favorite to be Padres hitting coach

    Fanrag Sports "Matt Stairs, the well-traveled and longtime slugger, is the “strong favorite” to land the San Diego Padres hitting coach job, sources tell FanRag Sports. Stairs spent the 2017 season in the same role for the Philadelphia Phillies. Stairs, who made a career as the best pinch-hitter in baseball,..." October 27

  • 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