Padres Rumors & News

  • Padres' pitching is weak, but they're trying to compensate

    Sporting News "In case you missed it, the Padres have basically admitted their rotation isn't very strong. San Diego has upwards of 10 candidates for five spots as it begins exhibition play Saturday, but none of them was overly effective last season (see the list below). Manager Andy Green, therefore, is..." February 25

  • Nationals trying to trade Derek Norris

    Number Fire "Washington Nationals catcher Derek Norris will likely be traded after the club signed free agent catcher Matt Wieters, manager Dusty Baker said on Tuesday. What It Means: Norris was acquired in a trade with the San Diego Padres at the beginning of December, but the Nationals apparently didn't..." February 24

  • Padres considering new way to use SP depth "The Padres are already tinkering with a few outside-the-box ideas to try this season. They entered camp with Christian Bethancourt as a pitcher/catcher/outfielder hybrid. They're going to try putting their two best defensive outfielders in the corners during Cactus League play. And they..." February 22

  • MLB views Las Vegas as 'viable market,' Rob Manfred says

    Las Vegas Review-Journal "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday that Las Vegas might be considered for a franchise in the future, an about-face from his predecessor. “Las Vegas could be a viable market for us,” Manfred said during his Cactus League news conference in Phoenix. “… I don’t think that..." February 22

  • Report: MLB approves new rule allowing a dugout signal for an intentional walk

    Hardball Talk "ESPN’s Howard Bryant is reporting that Major League Baseball has approved a rule allowing for a dugout signal for an intentional walk. In other words, baseball is allowing automatic intentional walks. Bryant adds that this rule will be effective for the 2017 season. MLB has been trying,..." February 22

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred: No rule changes in 2017, many could come in 2018

    CBS Sports "All offseason long, there’s been talk about which new rules Major League Baseball would implement prior to the start of the season. Some of the ideas bounced around included limiting the amount of mound visits, adding a pitch clock and tweaking the strike zone. None are coming in time for the 2017..." February 21

  • Report: Facebook, MLB in talks to stream a game every week

    Fanrag Sports "After Twitter gained a foothold into the streaming game over the past two seasons by airing NFL games, Facebook looks to be stepping in via Major League Baseball. The preeminent social network is in talks with MLB about streaming one game per week, according to Jessica Toonkel of Reuters. The..." February 21

  • Jered Weaver is going to wear No. 27 with the Padres because he wants to hit like Mike Trout "Jered Weaver racked up 150 victories and three top-five Cy Young Award finishes with the Angels, but he collected only four singles, with the last coming back in 2012. Not too surprising considering that he's, you know, a pitcher in the American League. But when it came time to pick out his number..." February 20

  • Padres sign Jered Weaver to one-year, $3 million deal

    Fanrag Sports "The San Diego Padres have come to terms with starting pitcher Jered Weaver, sources tell FanRag Sports. Weaver will now earn a base salary of about $3 million as the result of his newly inked one-year deal. Bob Nightengale of USA Today was the first to report that the two sides were on the..." February 18

  • Padres' Christian Bethancourt aims for unprecedented double: Pitch and catch

    USA Today "Christian Bethancourt is familiar with the tale of Kenley Jansen, the former minor-league catcher who became an elite closer with the Los Angeles Dodgers. It’s an intriguing proposition, but not nearly as much as what the San Diego Padres catcher is aiming for. Bethancourt, 25, is..." February 18

  • Now healthy, Carter Capps and his 'hop' delivery will compete for Padres' closer role

    CBS Sports "Two years ago, former Marlins right-hander and current Padres closer candidate Carter Capps had one of the most dominant stretches of bullpen work in recent memory. Capps threw 30 1/3 innings around an elbow problem, and during that time he had a 1.16 ERA with a 0.81 WHIP. He struck out 58...." February 15

  • Wood, Weaver among options for Padres

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Padres are still working to add another arm to their rotation mix, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (via Twitter). Lefty Travis Wood has joined righty Jered Weaver among the arms under consideration, per the report. San Diego has steadily rebuilt its rotation on the cheap this..." February 11

  • Commissioner Manfred admits MLB is revisiting its view on sports betting

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred discussed sports gambling with Yahoo Finance on Wednesday and made some pretty salient points. Among them is becoming more open-minded about fans legally gambling on the sport in the United States. Manfred said that betting on games is a "form of..." February 09

  • MLB to test radical extra-inning rule change in Minors, WBC

    Sportsnaut "Lower levels of professional baseball, as well as the upcoming World Baseball Classic, will have a radical rule change. When games reach extra innings, teams will begin their at-bats with a man already on second base. If it works well, the rule could eventually work its way to MLB. “A..." February 09

  • Padres Agree To Minor League Deal With Tony Cruz

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Padres have agreed to sign catcher Tony Cruz to a minor league deal, per SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo (on Twitter). Cruz, 30, spent the 2007-15 seasons in the Cardinals organization before playing the 2016 campaign in the Royals’ system. Though he totaled just five big league plate appearances..." February 08

  • Which players might surprise for clubs in '17? "In the Major Leagues, big contributions often come from unexpected places. With Spring Training right around the corner, now is the time for some of the best stories of 2017 to begin. To catch you up on all that's taken place this offseason, is taking a look at different aspects of each..." February 08

  • Padres, Erick Aybar Agree To Minor League Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Padres are in agreement on a minor league contract with veteran infielder Erick Aybar, reports Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports (on Twitter). The 33-year-old Roc Nation Sports client will compete with Luis Sardinas for the shortstop gig in San Diego. Aybar opened the 2016 season with the Braves..." February 07

  • MLB win totals: How we see the 2017 season unfolding

    USA Today "First things first: Some team is lurking in the weeds to mess all this up. It always happens. With that out of the way, we present USA TODAY Sports’ projected win totals for the 2017 Major League Baseball season. For this, our second annual foray into forecasting all 30 teams’ records come Game..." February 07

  • 7 MLB veterans who surprisingly still are unsigned a week before spring training

    Fox Sports "At this time next week, pitchers and catchers from more than half of the majors’ teams will be going through their first spring training workouts. However, one prominent catcher – Matt Wieters – is among the most valuable free agents still on the market. And he isn’t alone. Here are seven..." February 07

  • Braun to Red Sox? Dozier to Braves? Five trades that should happen, but likely won't

    CBS Sports "In a little more than one week, pitchers and catchers will begin reporting to spring training and camps across Florida and Arizona will open. The first Grapefruit League and Cactus League games are roughly three weeks away. Teams are currently scrambling to fill out their rosters with spring..." February 04

  • Why it's time for MLB to rethink the outdated sacrifice fly rule

    Sporting News "Wade Boggs knows more about getting on base than anyone I've ever met. But the Hall of Famer's career .415 on-base percentage should've been higher. The reason it wasn't? The sacrifice fly. Boggs' 96 career sacrifice flies actually knocked his on-base percentage down four points — from a..." February 04

  • How a tainted trade last summer still is impacting at least 3 MLB franchises

    Fox Sports "When Major League Baseball suspended Padres general manager A.J. Preller last September, it was for his failure to disclose required medical information in a trade that sent left-hander Drew Pomeranz to the Red Sox for right-hander Anderson Espinoza. Preller did not receive additional..." February 02

  • Jury selection begins in the human trafficking case against agents of Cuban ballplayers

    Hardball Talk "Jury selection is underway today in Miami federal courtroom in the case of Bartolo Hernandez and Julio Estrada, sports agents charged with illegally smuggling baseball players from Cuba to the United States. The two are accused of taking as much as $15 million from players, who were placed under..." January 30

  • When do pitchers and catchers report? 2017 MLB spring training reporting dates for all 30 teams

    Sporting News "Spring training is almost here, with teams reporting in about two weeks to warm the hearts of baseball fans who've endured another long, cold, baseball-less winter. Here are reporting dates for all 30 MLB teams: When do pitchers and catchers report? GRAPEFRUIT LEAGUE (Pitchers and..." January 30

  • Padres will offer team store credit in exchange for Chargers gear

    San Diego Union-Tribune "In the wake of the Chargers’ slinking departure to Los Angeles, local sports teams, elected officials and community leaders are banding together for what is being called the Celebrate San Diego Rally, to be held Saturday, Feb. 11, at Petco Park’s Park at the Park. The free public event will..." January 27

  • 5 best remaining MLB free agents

    Larry Brown Sports "Spring training is less than a month away, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t still a few players in the Major League Baseball free agent market that could make positive contributions to a team. Though roster spots are filling up, teams still have needs, and there is still talent out..." January 24

  • Spring training to be shorter in 2018

    Fanrag Sports "In an effort to spread the season over 187 days as opposed to 183, Major League Baseball’s spring training period will last 38 days as opposed to 40 due in part to restrictions implemented in the league’s new collective bargaining agreement. The date for players to voluntarily arrive in camp is..." January 24

  • Report: Padres have made an offer of more than $1.75 million to Jered Weaver

    Hardball Talk "The Padres have reportedly made an offer of more than $1.75 million to free agent starter Jered Weaver, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports. Weaver, 34, isn’t the pitcher he was three years ago when he led the American League with 18 wins. He finished this past season with a 5.06 ERA and a..." January 24

  • MLB players pay tribute to Yordano Ventura and Andy Marte

    Fox Sports "Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was killed Sunday in a car accident in the Dominican Republic. Ventura, who made his MLB debut in 2013 and won 38 games for the Royals, was just 25. The accident occured just hours after former Braves, Indians and Diamondbacks infielder Andy Marte was..." January 22

  • Here is the 2017 MLB Draft order now that all qualified free agents have signed

    CBS Sports "Earlier this week, both Jose Bautista and Mark Trumbo signed new contracts with their former teams, meaning all 10 of this offseason's qualified free agents are off the board. Here's our free agent tracker. Now that all the qualified free agents are signed, the 2017 amateur draft order is more or..." January 21

  • Rockies, Alexi Amarista agree to 1-year deal

    Denver Post "Utility player Alexi Amarista officially has a new baseball home. Amarista, 27, signed a one-year deal with the Rockies Tuesday. The deal, which had been pending since Dec. 26, was made official after Amarista passed his physical. He’ll play for a $1.1 million salary in 2017, and is guaranteed..." January 18

  • Jose Canseco claims Mike Piazza, Jeff Bagwell used steroids, rips Hall of Fame voters in Twitter rant

    New York Daily News "On the eve of the Baseball Hall of Fame announcement, former slugger and self-proclaimed “godfather of steroids” Jose Canseco went off on a Twitter rant, ripping the writers, the voting process and naming players on the ballot as definite juicers. Canseco, author of the 2005 book “Juiced,”..." January 18

  • Padres, Wil Myers agree to six-year extension

    Fanrag Sports "The San Diego Padres and All-Star Wil Myers have agreed to a six-year extension believed to be worth $83 million, sources tell FanRag Sports; FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal was the first to report a possible deal. The deal also includes an option. This deal the sides are nearly agreed upon will..." January 17

  • Wil Myers inks six-year, $80 million extension with Padres "The Padres already view Wil Myers as the face of the franchise. Now, it appears they intend to keep him as such for the long haul. Myers and the Padres are nearing a long-term contract extension, sources told on Friday. The exact figures remain unclear, but MLB Network insider Ken..." January 14

  • Tyson Ross agrees to deal with Rangers

    CBS Dallas Forth Worth "Free agent pitcher Tyson Ross has agreed to a deal with the Texas Rangers, according to Jeff “Skin” Wade of 105.3 The Fan. Terms of the deal are not known at this time. Ross, 29, only pitched in one game for San Diego in 2016 before undergoing surgery to relieve thoracic outlet syndrome." January 14

  • Padres, Solarte agree to 2-year deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Padres have announced a two-year deal with infielder Yangervis Solarte. He’ll pick up guaranteed money for the next two seasons while giving the club a pair of options for the 2019 and 2020 campaigns. It’s an unusual contract structure for the 29-year-old, who was eligible for arbitration..." January 14

  • Padres nearing deal with Trevor Cahill

    San Diego Union-Tribune "The Padres are closing in on a deal with right-hander Trevor Cahill, sources said Thursday night. The Vista High graduate, primarily a reliever the last two seasons, is expected to compete for a rotation job with his hometown team. Cahill, 28, was effective in the Chicago Cubs’ bullpen last..." January 13

  • Padres now carry weight of San Diego's sports expectations — which isn't good

    Sporting News "And then there was one. Unfortunately for San Diego, that one is the Padres. With the Chargers’ relocation to Los Angeles, the Padres stand alone as San Diego’s only major-league sports option. This is just as sad as it sounds, but it also raises a few questions: — Will the city embrace..." January 12

  • Will catchers soon have headsets in their helmets?

    Hardball Talk "Teddy Cahill of Baseball America tells us about a new innovation in the never-ending struggle to speed up games: catcher headsets. Just as quarterbacks never call their own plays anymore and, instead, have them radioed in to them from the sidelines, catchers rarely call their own pitches..." January 12

  • Padres Avoid Arbitration With Carter Capps

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Padres have agreed to a $987.5K salary to avoid arbitration with righty Carter Capps, according to Jon Heyman of Fan Rag (via Twitter). That’s a repeat of Capps’s first-year arb salary, owing to the fact that he missed the entirety of the 2016 season due to Tommy John surgery. Capps, 26,..." January 11

  • Changes might come if five players are voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame

    Sporting News "At this point, it might still happen. As of 190 votes known publicly in the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s 2017 election for the Hall of Fame, Ryan Thibodaux had five players in the running in his vote tracker for the necessary 75 percent: Tim Raines with 91.6 percent of the vote;..." January 11

  • Padres GM Preller facing uphill battle to save his job

    Fanrag Sports "The easy question to ask regarding San Diego Padres general manager A.J. Preller is why they haven’t fired him yet. In their own uniquely different ways on and off the field, Preller’s first two seasons at the helm were disastrous. The club’s current big league roster portends a long 2017 season...." January 10

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred meets with Donald Trump at Trump Tower

    SI "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred met with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower on Tuesday morning, he confirmed to pool reporters in New York. Yankees president Randy Levine was also spotted at the building. “We had a really nice meeting with the President-elect,”..." January 10

  • Nationals' Joe Ross trying to recruit brother Tyson

    Washington Post "Joe Ross’s topsy-turvy 2016 season concluded with a forgettable outing in Game 4 of the National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium in early October. The Nationals had a 2-1 series lead, putting them one victory from advancing beyond the divisional round for the first time since the team..." January 09

  • Padres remain interested in Peavy, Fister, Weaver

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Padres have interest in starting pitchers Doug Fister, Jake Peavy and Jered Weaver, with Weaver the least likely of the three, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal tweets. The team’s interest in Peavy and Weaver had already been reported, but their reported interest in Fister is new. Fister fits with..." January 07

  • Nine rising MLB stars who could break out in 2017

    Sporting News "The calendar has finally flipped to 2017, but we all started thinking about the 2017 baseball season long ago. Which teams will surprise? Which teams will disappoint? Which youngsters will, to use overused words, “break out” in 2017? Alex Reyes is almost certainly going to be a star for the..." January 05

  • Could WBC rule open door for more aces? "A long-anticipated World Baseball Classic rule change is official: WBC organizers have created a 10-member "designated pitcher pool," from which national teams may add up to two pitchers following each round of the tournament, a source confirmed to Already, Team USA officials are..." January 05

  • Padres claim RHP Tyrell Jenkins off waivers

    Fanrag Sports "Right-handed pitcher Tyrell Jenkins will be moving on to another team, his third in the last two weeks. The San Diego Padres claimed the right-hander off waivers from the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday. The Reds acquired Jenkins off waivers themselves from the Texas Rangers two days before..." January 03

  • Chris Cannizzaro, 1st Padres All-Star, dies at 78

    San Diego Union-Tribune "Chris Cannizzaro kept a Western Union telegram framed on a wall of his Rancho Penasquitos home. The telegram was from Bowie Kuhn, the commissioner of major league baseball, and it informed the Padres catcher that he had been named to the 1969 National League All-Star team. It read, in part:..." December 31

  • Padres excited about young players

    Fanrag Sports "The San Diego Padres finished in last place in the National League West last season and their prospects for climbing in the standings in 2017 are negligible in a division that includes powerhouses in the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants and a team seemingly on the rise in the Colorado..." December 31