Padres Rumors & News

  • Owings hits two HRs as D-backs dump Padres

    The Sports Xchange "PHOENIX -- The Arizona Diamondbacks endured their worst 24 hours of the season. Then they earned an impressive win. A night after they misplaced a two-run lead in the ninth inning and subsequently got the news that pitcher Shelby Miller could be lost for the season, they cruised to a..." April 28

  • Padres' Bethancourt ends hybrid experiment, to pitch full time in minors

    San Diego Union-Tribune "In a phone call with General Manager A.J. Preller on Wednesday, Christian Bethancourt communicated a desire to keep going. The Padres’ attempt at making him into a reliever-catcher-outfielder hybrid had fizzled at the major league level. Now, he will continue his development on the mound with..." April 28

  • Schimpf blast highlights 5-run ninth, lifts Padres

    The Sports Xchange "PHOENIX -- Ryan Schimpf has had his greatest success at Chase Field and against the Diamondbacks, in that order. Schimpf hit a go-ahead three-run homer with one out in the ninth inning, and Yangervis Solarte capped the five-run inning with a two-run double in the San Diego Padres' 8-5..." April 27

  • Goldschmidt, D-backs overpower Padres

    The Sports Xchange "PHOENIX -- Arizona manager Torey Lovullo preaches the idea of getting ahead early, playing downhill. The Diamondbacks have created their own avalanche for almost a week now. Paul Goldschmidt homered in the first inning -- the franchise-record fifth game in a row Arizona has homered in the..." April 26

  • Owings' slam helps Diamondbacks edge Padres

    The Sports Xchange "PHOENIX -- Chris Owings has been productive while hitting all over the lineup this season, and that did not stop when he made his third career start in the No. 3 spot Monday. It was hard to tell Paul Goldschmidt had the day off. Owings' first career grand slam gave Arizona a 6-0 lead..." April 25

  • Padres Outright Christian Bethancourt

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Padres announced that utility man/reliever Christian Bethancourt has cleared waivers and been outrighted to Triple-A El Paso. In a corresponding move, the Friars have recalled infielder Cory Spangenberg from El Paso. The 25-year-old Bethancourt, once a top catching prospect with the..." April 25

  • Marlins manufacture 11th-inning uprising against Padres

    The Sports Xchange "SAN DIEGO -- The Miami Marlins blasted three home runs, including two by Giancarlo Stanton, and got 14 strikeouts in seven innings from right-handed starter Dan Straily. The San Diego Padres' Austin Hedges countered with his fifth homer in seven games while starting pitcher Jered Weaver was..." April 23

  • Hedges powers Padres past Marlins

    The Sports Xchange "SAN DIEGO -- Even when his catcher opened the season with 24 straight hitless at-bats, San Diego Padres manager Andy Green had faith in 24-year-old Austin Hedges. "Hedges can hit," Green said Friday night after the catcher hit a monumental three-run homer to cap a four-run seventh to beat..." April 22

  • Padres catcher Austin Hedges has unlocked his power with a simple mechanical change

    CBS Sports "In the last few years we've seen several teams tear things down and begin a rebuild, and perhaps no current club is as deeply committed to starting over as the San Diego Padres. They're near the bottom of the league in payroll, and half their money is going to players no longer on the team..." April 22

  • Padres take series from Diamondbacks

    The Sports Xchange "SAN DIEGO -- Left-hander Clayton Richard and catcher Austin Hedges agreed on a plan Thursday afternoon as their San Diego Padres prepared to face one of the more aggressive lineups in the National League. "I told Austin before the game that I wanted to throw a lot of strikes and get ahead in..." April 21

  • Aybar's blast gives Padres 1-0 victory

    The Sports Xchange "SAN DIEGO -- To say Erick Aybar was in a slump as he approached the plate in the eighth inning of a scoreless tie at Petco Park Wednesday night is an understatement. The veteran Padres shortstop was hitless in his previous 16 at-bats and had looked overmatched in his first two at-bats..." April 20

  • Major League Baseball in Las Vegas? Commissioner says it's an option

    Chicago Tribune "Major League Baseball would be open to having a team in Las Vegas, Commissioner Rob Manfred said Thursday. With two existing franchises — the Oakland A’s and the Tampa Bay Rays — struggling to secure financing for new stadiums, the option of relocating a team to Las Vegas is very much on the..." April 20

  • Miller helps D-backs cruise past Padres

    The Sports Xchange "SAN DIEGO -- Not that they needed it, the Arizona Diamondbacks got an outstanding pitching performance from right-handed starter Shelby Miller on Tuesday night at Petco Park. Miller allowed a run on four hits and two walks with five strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings as the Diamondbacks coasted to..." April 19

  • Yangervis Solarte exits Padres game after fouling ball off foot

    Fanrag Sports "San Diego Padres second baseman Yangervis Solarte exited Tuesday night’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks after fouling a ball off his foot in the sixth inning. It’s currently unclear whether or not his exit is related to the foul ball. Solarte’s vacancy at second base was filled by Allen..." April 19

  • Umpires may begin using microphones to explain replay decisions to the crowd

    CBS Sports "Instant replay decision explanations may soon be coming to a ballpark near you. According to the Associated Press, MLB and the umpires will soon begin discussing a plan that will allow crew chiefs to use a microphone to explain replay decisions to the crowd. The NFL and NHL currently have..." April 18

  • Swanson's walk-off hit caps Braves' 5th straight win

    The Sports Xchange "ATLANTA -- Dansby Swanson was one of the few Atlanta Braves who had failed to feast on San Diego pitching during the homestand that opened Sun Trust Park. Swanson was 1-for-16 in the series, but when he got an opportunity with the game on the line Monday, the former No. 1 overall draft..." April 17

  • Colon masterful as streaking Braves beat Padres

    The Sports Xchange "ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves, who opened the season with a 2-6 road trip, are definitely enjoying finally getting to play at their new ballpark. Bartolo Colon was masterful for seven innings, with the only hit the 43-year-old gave up a homer, and the Braves improved to 3-0 at SunTrust Park..." April 16

  • Braves beat Padres in debut at new stadium

    The Sports Xchange "ATLANTA -- Ender Inciarte matched his homer total for all of last season with his third in two games and the Atlanta Braves made the opening of SunTrust Park a winning one Friday night. Inciarte, who had homered twice at Miami on Wednesday, connected for a two-run blast against San Diego..." April 15

  • Phillips powers Braves by Padres

    The Sports Xchange "ATLANTA -- Brandon Phillips, who grew up outside Atlanta rooting for the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field, didn't have to wait long for his first home run at his new team's new home. Phillips, acquired from Cincinnati before spring training, led off the sixth inning with a tiebreaking homer..." April 15

  • Zach Lee to start for Padres on Wednesday

    Rotoworld "Zach Lee is now scheduled to start for the Padres on Wednesday at Coors Field. That was supposed to be Luis Perdomo's turn, but he landed on the disabled list Tuesday with posterior inflammation in his right shoulder. Lee, a former Dodgers prospect, will be making just his second major league..." April 12

  • Senzatela pitches Rockies past Padres

    The Sports Xchange "DENVER -- Antonio Senzatela made personal history, and the Colorado Rockies set an unusual franchise record Tuesday night in their 3-2 win over the San Diego Padres. In his Coors Field debut and second major league start, Senzatela, 22, threw seven superb innings and recorded his first win..." April 12

  • Padres place Luis Perdomo on DL, recall Jake Esch

    Fanrag Sports "San Diego Padres manager Andy Green announced on Tuesday night that right-handed starter Luis Perdomo will be placed on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation. Fellow pitcher Jake Esch will be recalled. Perdomo made his first start of the season on Friday at home against the San Francisco..." April 12

  • Padres rock Freeland, down Rockies

    The Sports Xchange "DENVER -- Zach Lee made a spot start for the San Diego Padres and left an indelible impression Wednesday in a 6-0 win over the Colorado Rockies. The Rockies were shut out at Coors Field for the first time since July 21, 2015, as Lee, making his second start in the majors and first appearance..." April 12

  • MLB revenue crosses $9 billion, average team’s value up 19%

    The Comeback "It’s never been better to be an owner of a Major League Baseball team. According to the annual valuation rankings from Forbes, the average value of an MLB franchise jumped 19% in the past year thanks to local TV deals, rising profits and MLB’s expanded focus on branching out with new..." April 12

  • Myers hits for cycle as Padres defeat Rockies

    The Sports Xchange "DENVER -- The instant San Diego Padres first baseman Wil Myers made contact in the eighth inning Monday night, he was thinking one thing: triple. He stumbled rounding second but reached third easily to complete the second cycle in franchise history and the first of his career as the Padres..." April 11

  • The World Baseball Classic Injury Effect

    The Ringer "This year’s World Baseball Classic was a massive spectator success. For the first time in the tournament’s short history, which has spanned four events over 11 years, the games were streamed on MLB.TV, which made them more accessible. In another, on-field first, the United States went all the way,..." April 11

  • Wil Myers completes second cycle in Padres history

    San Diego Union-Tribune "Seven thousand four hundred and forty-three games came and went before a Padres player hit for the cycle. San Diego had to wait only 215 more for a repeat. In the top of the eighth Monday at Coors Field, Padres first baseman Wil Myers sent a line drive into the gap in left-center, rounded..." April 11

  • Padres handle Giants, Bumgarner

    The Sports Xchange "SAN DIEGO -- In Jhoulys Chacin's first start as a Padre on Opening Day last Tuesday, the right-hander gave up nine runs on eight hits and two walks and didn't make it out of the fourth inning. "I knew I had to pitch better tonight, to beat Bumgarner you can't make mistakes," said Chacin..." April 09

  • Behind Cueto, Giants avoid sweep in San Diego

    The Sports Xchange "SAN DIEGO -- Being swept was in the back of the San Francisco Giants' minds going into the finale of a three-game series against the San Diego Padres on Sunday at Petco Park. "This was a big game for us," San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy admitted after the Giants held off the resurgent..." April 09

  • Solarte, Margot lead Padres past Giants

    The Sports Xchange "SAN DIEGO -- Yangervis Solarte is not buying the chatter that the rebuilding San Diego Padres are sprinting toward a 100-loss season. "We've got a lot of talent here,'' Solarte said through a translator. "We've got a really good group. We might not necessarily have some of the stars that..." April 07

  • Starter Money is the pitching stat all baseball bettors should know "2016 was a pretty good year, all things considered, for Jake Arrieta. He got a healthy salary raise, was his team’s Opening Day starter, he earned an All-Star appearance and finished the year with a 18-8 win-loss record and a 3.21 earned run average. He became a World Series winner and helped..." April 07

  • Dodgers pull out win over Padres

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES -- Rich Hill's season debut came with some twists and turns. Or something like that. "It was dodge, duck and dive," he said. Yasiel Puig homered and Hill threw five strong innings as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the San Diego Padres 3-1 on Wednesday night. The Dodgers..." April 06

  • Puig's power helps Dodgers crush Padres

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES -- Yasiel Puig flexed his muscles against the San Diego Padres on Thursday afternoon. The result was a 10-2 win for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Puig being included among the game's top sluggers. "I'm not worried about being the home run leader," Puig said through a..." April 06

  • Richard pitches Padres to shutout over Dodgers

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES -- The San Diego Padres displayed their own left-handed Clayton on Tuesday night. And the result was them leveling their season-opening series with the Los Angeles Dodgers. One day after Los Angeles' Clayton Kershaw beat the Padres, San Diego's Clayton Richard bettered the..." April 05

  • Pederson, Grandal power Dodgers in rout of Padres

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES -- Home run derby got an early launch by the Los Angeles Dodgers in a blowout of the San Diego Padres. Joc Pederson hit a grand slam and drove in career-high five runs, and the Dodgers pounded the Padres 14-3 in the season opener for both clubs on Monday in front of 53,701 at..." April 03

  • Clayton Kershaw salary more in 2017 than entire Padres’ Opening Day roster

    Sportsnaut "We know the Los Angeles Dodgers aren’t opposed to spending big money to stay competitive. The same cannot be said for the San Diego Padres, whose entire Opening Day roster makes less money than Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw. Kershaw’s 2017 salary is a cool $33 million. San Diego’s..." April 03

  • Padres Release Brett Wallace

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Padres have released infielder Brett Wallace, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation tweets. The Padres had reassigned Wallace to the minors last week after he batted .179/.273/.256 in Spring Training. That showing continued a run of poor recent hitting from last season, when he batted just..." April 03

  • Padres' opening-day payroll about $68 million

    San Diego Union-Tribune "In a glaring representation of their rebuild, the Padres’ opening-day, 25-man payroll is roughly $68 million, nearly half of which will go to players no longer on the team. The sum, which includes optioned players on major league contracts, is the Padres’ lowest since they opened with a $55..." April 03

  • Catcher Christian Bethancourt makes weird Padres roster 'primarily' as a reliever

    Bleacher Report "Christian Bethancourt is shifting from his familiar post behind the plate to the pitching rubber for the 2017 season. According to's AJ Cassavell, the San Diego Padres officially named Bethancourt to their Opening Day roster Saturday as a pitcher after the team was impressed by his..." April 02

  • Can the Padres' Christian Bethancourt really succeed at pitcher and catcher?

    Yardbarker "In Little League, it's extremely common for the best player on the team to be the ace of the pitching staff while also excelling in the field when he's not on the mound. That typically ends as players get older, particularly once they move on from high school ball and head to college or turn..." March 28

  • Why MLB will likely not join the NHL and NFL and move a team to Las Vegas

    CBS Sports "On Monday afternoon, National Football League owners approved the relocation of the Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas. The move is at least two years away, possibly three, but it has been agreed to. Owners voted 31-1 in favor of the move . Whenever the Raiders do move, they will become the second..." March 27

  • Rob Manfred Wants MLB to 'Own the Next Generation' of Sports Fans

    Bleacher Report "Long before the first batter stepped into the box at the start of his tenure as the 10th commissioner in baseball history, Rob Manfred threw out his own first pitch: Chief among his priorities would be to captivate the next generation of sports fans in a way that he was captivated when his parents..." March 27

  • Jered Weaver dealing with “dead arm”

    Hardball Talk "Padres starter Jered Weaver lasted just two-thirds of an inning in Wednesday afternoon’s Cactus League appearance against the Royals. He yielded four runs on three hits, throwing 31 pitches before getting pulled. His spring ERA now sits at an ugly 10.13. Weaver said he’s been dealing with a..." March 23

  • Study: MLB broadcast booths lack diversity

    Hardball Talk "At SB Nation’s Phillies blog The Good Phight, David S. Cohen compiled the demographics of the broadcast booths across baseball and found that it does not reflect the population of baseball nor of the United States. Of 164 announcers in 30 teams’ booths, 148 (90.2 percent) are white men. Only..." March 22

  • MVP, Cy Young odds: Oddsmakers release favorites for 2017 MLB season

    CBS Sports "The 2017 season approacheth! Mostly, that means our attention will be locked on the various playoff races from the very start. However, we’ll also make time to eyeball the individual awards derbies from time to time. So to get us in that mindset, let’s have a look at these preseason MVP and Cy..." March 16

  • Padres are spending more than half their payroll on players who don't play for them

    CBS Sports "The Padres are in the midst of a rebuild that’s been founded upon a few trades for long-term assets and a very active approach on the international market. Mostly, they’ve been stocking up in the lower rungs of the system. GM A.J. Preller has rebounded from his fairly disastrous first year on the..." March 15

  • Padres, teenage Cuban prospect agree to $2.5M deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Padres are in agreement on a deal with Cuban left-hander Osvaldo Hernandez, reports Jorge Ebro of El Nuevo Herald (via Twitter). The 18-year-old southpaw, who was declared a free agent last month, will receive a $2.5MM signing bonus. Because the Padres have shattered their league-issues..." March 13

  • MLB commish Rob Manfred admits it's unlikely MLB players will play in Olympics

    CBS Sports "The 2017 World Baseball Classic is underway and we’ve already seen some dramatic games. The tournament continues over the next two weeks and will culminate with the Championship Game on March 22 at Dodger Stadium. Here is the full WBC schedule . In three years, baseball and softball will return..." March 08

  • MLB teams focusing on improved rest to help their players perform better

    CBS Sports "Long before Moneyball came along, the game of baseball embraced numbers and statistical analysis. Every single team in baseball has a stats department. The ways and means have certainly changed, but the goal remains the same: use numbers to find a competitive advantage. These days..." March 08

  • MLB approves device to measure biometrics of players

    ESPN "Major League Baseball has approved the use of a continuous biometric monitor that can be worn by players during games. The device, made by a company called WHOOP, is the first of its kind approved by any of the major American sports leagues to be worn during competition. Teams cannot force..." March 06