Padres Rumors & News

  • Minor League Baseball Announces Pace Of Play Rules Changes

    MLB Trade Rumors "We’ve already covered the much-discussed rules changes at the MLB level relating to pace of play. That is certainly the most pertinent recent development in the rules arena, which has emerged as a point of no little controversy between the league and player’s union. Today, though, the..." March 15

  • Minor league baseball to begin extra innings with a runner on second

    Hardball Talk "Minor League Baseball announced several rules changes aimed at reducing the length of extra innings games and the number of mound visits. The changes: All extra innings will begin with a runner on second base. The runner at second base will be the player in the batting order position..." March 14

  • Nobody may want an offseason do-over more than Scott Boras

    ESPN "There is no notation on the calendar, no government declaration, but many agents treated Friday as a holiday, a time for celebration. The text messages might as well have contained ascending balloons and exploding fireworks, and the voices on the celebratory phone calls were filled with..." March 13

  • MLB inks deal to air 25 games exclusively on Facebook Watch

    Awful Announcing "On Friday morning, Major League Baseball announced that they would be airing 25 games exclusively on Facebook Watch this season. The package of games is made up of mid-week afternoon games, and will be produced by MLB Network. The games will be available to watch through Facebook’s MLB Live..." March 09

  • Report: Royals Ownership Screwed Team Over by Nixing Eric Hosmer Offer

    12 Up "​Welp, the Kansas City Royals ownership really screwed the pooch on this one. Back in January, the Royals and the ​San Diego Padres were the two teams that were in most serious pursuit of slugging first baseman ​Eric Hosmer. Hosmer wanted seven years, and that is what both teams offered..." March 09

  • Could Padres be in play for Jake Arrieta?

    Fanrag Sports "The San Diego Padres surprised folks by signing Eric Hosmer, who was arguably the top position player on the market. And now word is they have at least been talking internally about Jake Arrieta. It seems like a long shot. But could they make a play for Arrieta? There are probably several..." March 08

  • Scott Boras Reports Progress On Remaining Free Agents

    MLB Trade Rumors "Agent Scott Boras, who represents many of the top remaining free agents, suggested to’s Jon Morosi that at least some of his clients could be nearing new contracts. (Twitter link.) Boras represents four still-unsigned players who had spots on MLBTR’s Top 50 Free Agent list: Jake..." March 07

  • Union: Baseball players grappling with ‘historically different’ market

    Detroit News "Three weeks from the start of the 2018 big-league season, Tony Clark has a problem. Too many unemployed stars are waiting for phone calls, or for contracts, or for offers that might lead to contracts the players and their agents believe are worthwhile. But it’s not happening. Jake Arrieta...." March 06

  • Eric Hosmer says lots of 'red flags' during grim offseason: 'Something is wrong with it'

    USA Today "Eric Hosmer's eight-year, $144 million deal with the San Diego Padres is everything he always wanted, and what every player desires. Yet, that merely leaves Hosmer seething at the major league teams who don’t share the Padres' vision, and whose inaction has left many of his major league..." March 05

  • Rob Manfred is mad at West Virginia over sports gambling

    Hardball Talk "It’s been a minute since we’ve talked about legalized sports gambling here. We should remedy that, because legalized sports gambling is going to be the next gigantic cash cow for professional sports leagues, Major League Baseball included. First, to get everyone up to speed: Currently,..." March 05

  • Padres' Hosmer: 'It was weird' playing against Royals

    San Diego Union-Tribune "There were far more Royals fans than Padres fans inside the stadium at Peoria Sports Complex on Friday, a few of them wearing jerseys with “35” and “HOSMER” on the back. Eric Hosmer now wears No. 30 for the Padres, forced to change because No. 35 is retired in San Diego in honor of Randy Jones...." March 03

  • Slow Market Likely Means Record March Spending

    MLB Trade Rumors "In an offseason that’s been unlike any in big league history, it should come as no surprise that the month of March is on track for an unprecedented level of spending. While the remaining free agents at the top of the market almost certainly won’t find contracts matching the expectations they..." March 02

  • The cores of the baseballs used since 2015 have changed

    Hardball Talk "Last year two different studies — one by Ben Lindbergh and Mitchel Lichtman for The Ringer, and another by FiveThirtyEight’s Rob Arthur — found evidence that baseballs were altered at some point around the middle of the 2015 season. In 2015, 4,909 home runs were hit across the league. That wasn’t..." March 01

  • Eric Hosmer gave coach Glenn Hoffman a Rolex for number 30.

    Hardball Talk "Eric Hosmer wore number 35 for his entire tenure with the Kansas City Royals. He can’t wear number 35 in San Diego, though, because it’s retired in honor of 1976 Cy Young Award winner Randy Jones. In light of that, he decided to wear number 30 in honor of his late teammate, Yordano Ventura. The..." February 28

  • MLBPA Files Grievance Against Four Teams Over Revenue Sharing Funds

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Major League Baseball Player’s Association has initiated a grievance proceeding against the Athletics, Marlins, Pirates, and Rays regarding those teams’ spending of revenue sharing dollars, according to a report from Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. This general issue has been..." February 27

  • New Padres pitcher Bryan Mitchell's only drive is to start now

    San Diego Union-Tribune "Bryan Mitchell made the drive from the Peoria Sports Complex, down the 101 to the 10, a brief detour on the 17 and then back on the 10 to the exit for Tempe Diablo Stadium. Navigating the loop of freeways surrounding Phoenix can be something of an adventure. It was a pleasure for Mitchell...." February 26

  • Major League Baseball orders balls stored in climate controlled rooms for some reason

    Hardball Talk "Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated reports that Major League Baseball will mandate that teams store baseballs in “an air-conditioned and enclosed room[s]” this season. He adds that the league will install climate sensors in each room to measure temperature and humidity during the 2018 season, with..." February 23

  • MLB Rumors: Tim Lincecum to Dodgers, Giants or Padres?

    Newark Star-Ledger "The MLB free agent market is starting to dry up, with just a few top-flight options remaining unsigned, including former NL Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta. The former Cubs ace won't come cheap, but teams looking for a bargain basement steal can grab a former two-time NL Cy Young Award..." February 23

  • Report: MLB floating idea of letting trailing team bat anyone they want in 9th inning

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball has been searching for ways in recent years to improve pace of play and inject more drama into games, but one idea that an MLB executive floated this week seems downright preposterous. During Tuesday’s edition of “The Rich Eisen Show,” Eisen revealed that he was told by an..." February 21

  • Did Ron Fowler throw Wil Myers under the bus?

    Hardball Talk "Padres owner Ron Fowler may have thrown outfielder and former first baseman Wil Myers under the bus in praising new first baseman Eric Hosmer‘s ability to be the “franchise face.” Per ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick, Fowler said, “We’re hoping Eric is that guy. Myers has a lot of qualities, but he frankly..." February 21

  • Padres To Designate Rocky Gale

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Padres will designate catcher Rocky Gale for assignment, according to Dennis Lin of The Athletic (Twitter link). That’ll open a 40-man spot to accommodate the signing of Eric Hosmer. Gale, who is just days from his thirtieth birthday, has seen limited MLB time in parts of two seasons. He..." February 20

  • Padres co-owner: Hosmer a 'more natural' leader than Myers

    ESPN "Eric Hosmer arrived at San Diego Padres camp Tuesday with a new uniform number, a desire to lead and a personal mandate to take the franchise to a place it's never been. Hosmer, 28, landed the biggest guaranteed payout of the MLB offseason when he agreed to an eight-year, $144 million deal..." February 20

  • With Hosmer signed what’s next for the Padres?

    Fanrag Sports "If San Diego Padres general manager A.J. Preller has proven anything in his 3.5 years on the job, it’s that he is not wedded to any specific ideology. The signing of free-agent first baseman Eric Hosmer to an eight-year, $144 million contract seems unusual in several ways: The Padres are not..." February 20

  • Royals only offered Eric Hosmer five-year deal

    Larry Brown Sports "The Kansas City Royals wanted Eric Hosmer back, but it’s quite clear why he ended up leaving the organization. According to Robert Murray of FanRag Sports, the Royals’ front office was serious about bringing Hosmer back, but ownership was less so. Subsequently, the team’s offer to Hosmer was..." February 19

  • Eric Hosmer fallout: Padres reportedly getting trade calls on Hunter Renfroe

    CBS Sports "The recent signing of Eric Hosmer by the Padres pushed Wil Myers to the outfield. That, in turn, has left San Diego with an overcrowded outfield situation -- Myers, Hunter Renfroe, Manuel Margot, and Jose Pirela are all worthy of regular playing time at the big-league level. Crowded rosters..." February 19

  • Friars on Hosmer: 'I couldn't be more excited' "Austin Hedges was fast asleep Saturday night, when his phone buzzed. Then it buzzed again. And then it buzzed again. He couldn't ignore it much longer. So Hedges picked the phone up and read the news -- that the Padres had an agreement in place with free-agent first baseman Eric Hosmer, an..." February 18

  • Royals' Yost: I didn't hear from Hosmer 'even on my death bed'

    Kansas City Star "Royals manager Ned Yost sunk into a chair in his office here on Sunday morning and reflected on seven seasons spent with Eric Hosmer. He remarked on the World Series championship, the years of building and the joy of watching a young player grow into a star. He also offered one of his favorite..." February 18

  • Padres, Eric Hosmer agree to terms

    San Diego Union-Tribune "The Padres got their man. The team and free agent first baseman Eric Hosmer have agreed to a deal, two sources said Saturday night. The average annual value of the eight-year deal is $18 million, the largest monetary commitment in Padres history. The Padres had said they would be..." February 18

  • Scott Boras remains patient, but he and his free agents are really testing the limit

    New York Daily News "It’s three days into spring training, with full squads reporting in five days — does Scott Boras know where his free agents’ teams are? Baseball’s Avenging Agent is accustomed to playing the waiting game, even into March, and when it comes to getting the richest contracts for his clients,..." February 16

  • Padres add catcher A.J. Ellis, still seek shortstop depth

    San Diego Union-Tribune "Padres manager Andy Green mentioned early Wednesday that his team could use a veteran catcher to back up starter Austin Hedges. Wednesday night, on the eve of the first workout for the team’s pitchers and catchers, the team signed veteran A.J. Ellis to compete for that spot, a source..." February 15

  • Club exec: Front-office staffer was asked to leave workout at free-agent camp

    The Score "The Major League Baseball Players Association announced earlier this week that media members won't be allowed at the union's free-agent training camp in Bradenton, Fla., and it doesn't look like front-office executives are welcome at IMG Academy, either. On Wednesday, a general manager's..." February 14

  • Travis Wood suffered a crossbow accident this offseason

    Hardball Talk "Chris McCosky reports that Tigers pitcher Travis Wood had a pin inserted into his right index finger after an early-January bow-hunting accident. And it was some accident: Wood got his hand caught as he was prepping a crossbow and said that it nearly snapped his right index finger in two." February 14

  • Lawsuit: Baseball Agency Made Under-The-Table Payments To Players, Helped Provide Them PEDs

    Deadspin "ACES Baseball Agency is being sued by a former associate, Juan Carlos Nuñez, who says his former bosses encouraged him to make under-the-table payments to players and their families as well as help clients get steroids for bigger contracts. The lawsuit was filed today in New York State Supreme..." February 13

  • Padres pitcher Jose Torres facing domestic violence charges

    San Diego Union-Tribune "Padres reliever Jose Torres was arrested in December after a dispute in which he allegedly brandished a semiautomatic handgun. The incident occurred in the home Torres shares with a woman in Phoenix and is being handled as a domestic violence case, according to court documents. It is not clear..." February 13

  • Report: Padres, Royals still talking to Eric Hosmer

    Larry Brown Sports "The San Diego Padres and Kansas City Royals have not given up their reported pursuit of free agent first baseman Eric Hosmer. According to Dennis Lin of the Athletic, both the Royals and Padres have kept in contact with Hosmer’s agent Scott Boras recently. The Padres have reportedly stepped up..." February 12

  • The Montreal Expos Can Fix Baseball’s Free Agency Problem

    Uproxx "The World Series was pretty great for the second year in a row, and we’re in the middle of a dinger golden age. Is baseball great? You bet. But it’s very possible that the sport is also broken on some level. Some of the principals seem to think so, especially when it comes to the economics of the..." February 12

  • Scott Boras not sending his clients to MLBPA spring training

    Larry Brown Sports "If the MLBPA does end up organizing its own spring training for players who remain unsigned, some of the top free agents on the market will not be attending. On Thursday, Scott Boras told ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick that he is not planning to send any of his clients to a free agent camp. At this..." February 08

  • MLB blames agents for overpricing their free agent clients

    Larry Brown Sports "The Major League Baseball Players Association issued a statement on Tuesday ripping teams for their supposed concerted effort to drive down the price of free agents, and the league returned fire shortly thereafter. After MLBPA executive director Tony Clark accused MLB teams of engaging in a..." February 06

  • Tony Clark says teams’ failure to sign free agents “threatens the very integrity of the game”

    Hardball Talk "As spring training gets closer and closer, nearly 100 free agents remain unsigned, including several that were expected to land big paydays this offseason. As the weeks have worn on, player discontent has grown palpable, exhibiting itself via various statements from agents which, increasingly,..." February 06

  • Padres sign reliever Tom Wilhelmsen to a minor league deal

    Hardball Talk "Big news day for former Mariners closers who saved, like, 65-70 games for Seattle back in the day. First David Aardsma retires, and now Tom Wilhelmsen gets signed by the Padres to a minor league deal. Wilhelmsen was once pretty effective in Seattle, but he put up a mediocre 4.44 ERA with a..." February 06

  • MLB Players union didn’t take long to back off ridiculous threat

    New York Post "The lamest threat in baseball history died a quick death Sunday afternoon. No, the players won’t be boycotting spring training, the Players Association clarified in a statement, refuting the words of its own star agent Brodie Van Wagenen. “Recent press reports have erroneously suggested that..." February 05

  • MLB is reportedly considering bringing back bullpen carts to improve pace of play

    CBS Sports "One of the ongoing storylines of baseball's offseason centers around the league's desire to improve pace of play. Earlier Thursday, word surfaced that commissioner Rob Manfred had proposed some alterations to the players -- including the chance to delay or put off a pitch clock. The players..." February 02

  • Scott Boras continues to hold up the MLB free-agent market, but will he blink first?

    New York Daily News "Is this the year Scott Boras fails to pull a rabbit out of a hat? Or three or four rabbits, to be precise? Yes, January has come and gone and, remarkably, baseball’s big free-agent freeze hasn’t even begun to melt. Spring training begins in less than two weeks and you can still field something..." February 01

  • Padres believe Royals extended more lucrative offer to Hosmer

    San Diego Union-Tribune "The Kansas City Royals completed a trade Monday that involved two former Padres, cleared a decent amount of salary and presumably strengthened their position in a race with San Diego. In dealing first baseman/designated hitter Brandon Moss and left-hander Ryan Buchter to Oakland, the Royals..." January 30

  • Report: MLB recording dugout phone conversations to eliminate sign stealing

    12 Up "Yes, the MLB is actually ready to go this far. ​Last season, sign stealing became a big issue during a rivalry series between the ​New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. New York claimed that a staff member for the Red Sox was passing information from the video room to the players through the..." January 30

  • Former Padres, Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers dies at 56

    USA Today "Kevin Towers, whose aggressive approach to scouting, development and player acquisition defined his career as a major league general manager and produced playoff appearances for the San Diego Padres and Arizona Diamondbacks, died Tuesday after a long battle with thyroid cancer. He was..." January 30

  • MLB now going out of its way to celebrate bat-flip immodesty

    New York Post "Even in January, “The Game has changed.” That’s the standard rationalization/half-explanation to a full one that, if completed, defies sense. Even now, when the NFL has about completed another season of trying to wring every last vestige of the sport from its sport — Vince Lombardi is rolling..." January 29

  • Report: Remaining free agents considering starting free agent spring training camp

    Hardball Talk "Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports has a couple of interesting pieces of information in his latest column. The first is that some of the remaining free agents — of which there are many — are considering starting their own spring training camp. The second is that the MLBPA is investigating whether or not..." January 26

  • Padres to unveil Trevor Hoffman statue at Petco Park this summer

    San Diego Union-Tribune "Cooperstown won’t be the only place where Trevor Hoffman soon finds himself in the company of Tony Gwynn. Sometime around July 29, when Hoffman officially joins “Mr. Padre” in the Hall of Fame, the Padres intend to unveil a bronze statue of their former closer at Petco Park. Hoffman was..." January 26

  • Scott Boras Rips MLB, Says League Must Fix 'Noncompetitive Cancer'

    Bleacher Report "Prominent sports agent Scott Boras ripped Major League Baseball for allowing teams to tank seasons in order to acquire high draft picks and top prospects. Boras, whose clients have been impacted by a sluggish free-agent market during the current MLB offseason, referenced the 1919 Chicago White..." January 25