Padres Rumors & News

  • Padres sign Allen Craig to minor league deal

    San Diego Union-Tribune "The Padres have signed first baseman/outfielder Allen Craig to a minor league contract, according to a source. The deal includes an invitation to major league spring training, where the former All-Star will make his latest attempt at a career revival. Craig, 33, last played in the majors in..." January 23

  • Top 100 MLB Prospects 2018

    Baseball America "Baseball America’s Top 100 MLB Prospects is the natural demarcation between one season to another. Countless conversations with scouts, coaches and team officials as well as many road trips over the past year lead to this list. And as soon as we put it in your hands, we begin working toward..." January 22

  • The best way to fix MLB’s pace of play problems

    New York Post "You want to improve the pace of play in the majors, then remove the smart off-field people from impacting the action. Notice the word “action.” Overwhelming sentiment is that hitters and pitches are not slowing down the game nearly as much as smart people are by feeding more information to..." January 22

  • Is a run at Christian Yelich next?

    San Diego Union-Tribune "Hello, Padres fans. I hope the offseason finds you well. It has been an odd winter, lacking the level of activity baseball-watchers crave before pitchers and catchers report. In this mailbag, we won’t bore you with much Eric Hosmer talk. (The stalemate between agent Scott Boras and the..." January 22

  • Top MLB free agent reportedly willing to sit out until midseason in order to get fair deal

    CBS Sports "Baseball's offseason has been slow and boring, with many of the top free agents remaining unsigned, just weeks before spring training is set to begin. Yahoo Sports Jeff Passan took a deep dive into what's slowing the market -- including the idea of collusion, as well as Tony Clark and the..." January 17

  • Do the players even care about money anymore?

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday I wrote about how the union has come to find itself in the extraordinarily weak position it’s in. The upshot: their leadership and their membership, happily wealthy by virtue of gains realized in the 1970s-1990s, has chosen to focus on small, day-to-day, quality of life issues rather..." January 17

  • Padres owner on Eric Hosmer offer: 'We like it. I don't know if Mr. Boras likes it.'

    San Diego Union-Tribune "Padres Executive Chairman Ron Fowler indicated Tuesday the team is not planning significant changes to its offer to free-agent first baseman Eric Hosmer. The Union-Tribune reported earlier this month that the Padres had presented agent Scott Boras with a seven-year deal worth less than $140..." January 16

  • Rob Manfred is prepared to implement a pitch clock unilaterally for 2018

    Hardball Talk "Rob Manfred has long been on record wanting to speed up the pace of play in baseball and, to that end, last year proposed a 20-second pitch clock. Pursuant to baseball’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, he could not implement that unilaterally last year. However if, one year after a proposed rules..." January 16

  • Of 30 MLB teams, only five have yet to expand protective netting down foul lines

    CBS Sports "With the Toronto Blue Jays announcing that they will be adding protective netting down foul lines on Monday, 25 of 30 MLB teams have expanded their safety precautions to protect fans from rogue foul balls. Only the Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Angels, Oakland Athletics, Baltimore Orioles and..." January 15

  • Padres to sign Brad Hand to three-year extension

    San Diego Union-Tribune "The Padres are in agreement with reliever Brad Hand on a three-year extension, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal. The deal, reportedly worth as much as $20 million, includes a club option for a fourth year and covers at least one free-agent season. Hand, 27, has been the team’s top..." January 13

  • How do you put Trevor Hoffman in the Hall of Fame after passing on Lee Smith?

    CBS Sports "Trevor Hoffman's going to be a Hall of Famer, likely as soon as this year. Per Ryan Thibodaux's public ballot tracker, Hoffman right now is polling at 78 percent, which is of course clear of the 75 percent needed for election. Even if he loses ground on the ballots not publicly released, he's at..." January 12

  • MLB owners seem to want more money in their pockets, not those of players

    Sporting News "Doldrums. A dry spell. A brain-melting and frustrating period of incredible boredom. Whatever words or turn of phrase you use to describe the current state of the baseball offseason, you’re right. We’re in a haze of offseason monotony punctuated only by the occasional reliever deciding to join..." January 11

  • Padres hire Dave Cameron

    Hardball Talk "At FanGraphs today, Dave Cameron announced that he has been hired by the Padres to build a research and development department. Cameron, who has also written elsewhere, had been working full-time for FanGraphs since 2010. As Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union Tribune notes, Cameron has a degree in..." January 10

  • White Sox acquire Jose Rondon from Padres

    Fanrag Sports "The Chicago White Sox have acquired infielder Jose Rondon from the San Diego Padres in exchange for cash considerations or a player to be named later, the teams announced Wednesday. Rondon briefly played on the major league level in 2016, managing three hits over 26 plate appearances. The..." January 10

  • Brewers sign Christian Bethancourt to a minor league deal

    Hardball Talk "The Brewers have signed catcher Christian Bethancourt to a minor league contract with an invitation to Major League Spring Training. You may recall that Bethancourt’s old team, the Padres, tried to convert him into a pitcher with an eye toward using him as a two-way player. Made some sense in..." January 08

  • Padres re-sign Craig Stammen to two-year deal

    Hardball Talk "The Padres are set to re-sign right-handed reliever Craig Stammen to a two-year, $4.5 million contract, per reports from FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman and The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal. The deal includes incentives of $100,000 for every fifth appearance he makes, from his 20th game until his 50th, and..." January 06

  • Blue Jays acquire infielder Yangervis Solarte from Padres

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays have acquired versatile infielder Yangervis Solarte from the San Diego Padres, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports. What the Padres will receive in the trade is not yet clear. Solarte, 30, adds significant versatility and depth to the Blue Jays, boasting major..." January 06

  • Kazuhisa Makita, Padres Reportedly Agree to 2-Year, $4 Million Contract

    Bleacher Report "The San Diego Padres and Japanese pitcher Kazuhisa Makita have reportedly agreed to a two-year contract. Per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Makita's deal with the Padres will pay him around $4 million total. Makita has pitched for Seibu Lions in the Pacific League since 2011. The 33-year-old..." January 06

  • Padres favorites to sign Japan's Makita

    San Diego Union-Tribune "The Padres are likely to sign reliever Kazuhisa Makita, a 33-year-old right-hander who combines modest velocity with a submarine delivery, according to a Japanese report. Sports Hochi reported Friday that Makita was traveling to the U.S. to undergo a physical. Makita and two-way star Shohei..." January 06

  • Padres Avoid Arbitration With Carter Capps

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Padres have avoided arbitration with righty Carter Capps, according to Jon Heyman of Fan Rag (via Twitter). Capps will play at a $1,062,500 rate for the 2018 season. That’s a bit less than the $1.3MM payday that MLBTR projected him to earn via arbitration, though Capps did not have a strong..." January 03

  • Should Japanese career be a HOF factor?

    CBS Sports "No sooner than five years from now, the great Ichiro Suzuki will be voted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on the first ballot. Ichiro still wants to play but remains unsigned. If he's unable to latch on anywhere, his five-year waiting period before appearing on the Hall of Fame ballot will..." January 02

  • Eric Hosmer Reportedly Has Record 7-Year Contract Offer from Padres on Table

    Bleacher Report "Free-agent first baseman Eric Hosmer reportedly has a big contract offer on the table from the San Diego Padres, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today. Per Nightengale, it is a seven-year deal that would make Hosmer the highest-paid player in Padres history. The 28-year-old Hosmer spent..." January 02

  • Tyson Ross, Chris Young return to Padres on minor league deals

    San Diego Union-Tribune "A pair of familiar faces are back with the Padres, though official returns are not guaranteed. According to sources, San Diego has signed veteran right-handers Tyson Ross and Chris Young to minor league deals. Ross, 30, and Young, 38, will arrive at spring training attempting to reclaim jobs in..." December 30

  • White Sox claim Jose Ruiz from Padres

    Yardbarker "The Padres announced today that right-hander Jose Ruiz has been claimed off waivers by the White Sox. San Diego had designated the hard-throwing Ruiz for assignment last week to clear a roster spot for trade acquisition Freddy Galvis. Ruiz, 23, made the jump from Class-A Advanced to the Majors..." December 22

  • Padres release LHP Travis Wood

    Fanrag Sports "The San Diego Padres have released left-handed pitcher Travis Wood, the team announced on Wednesday. Wood started 11 games as a member of the San Diego organization, first acquired by the club in July in a deal with the Kansas City Royals. After a rough start to 2017 with the Royals, Wood was..." December 21

  • Brewers reportedly nearing a deal with free-agent right-hander Jhoulys Chacin

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "The Milwaukee Brewers have yet to make official the return of Yovani Gallardo to the team but reportedly are nearing an agreement on a deal with another free-agent starting pitcher, Jhoulys Chacin. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported via Twitter that the Brewers are near agreement with..." December 20

  • Jessica Mendoza will return to ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball in 2018, but other booth positions remain TBD

    Awful Announcing "With Dan Shulman leaving Sunday Night Baseball for the sake of his personal life and Aaron Boone departing to manage the Yankees, ESPN’s flagship baseball program finds itself in flux. But as of Tuesday, we know one thing about Sunday Night Baseball in 2018: Jessica Mendoza will be back. ESPN..." December 20

  • Padres re-sign Jordan Lyles, designate Travis Wood for assignment

    San Diego Union-Tribune "The asking prices for most free-agent starters have not appealed to the Padres. On Tuesday, they demonstrated it by purchasing controllable right-hander Bryan Mitchell from the New York Yankees. San Diego agreed to take on third baseman Chase Headley and his $13 million salary in the trade. On..." December 18

  • 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 "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 "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