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  • Padres, Indians Still Engaged In Talks On Veteran Starters

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Padres and Indians remain engaged in “continued discussions” regarding Cleveland’s group of high-quality, veteran starters, according to a report from Ken Rosenthal and Dennis Lin of The Athletic (Twitter link). There’s no expectation that a deal will come together..." March 18

  • MLB is working on a system that will allow pitchers and catchers to communicate through watches

    CBS Sports "Sign-stealing is a hot topic in baseball these days after the Astros were caught monitoring and recording activity in the opposing dugout during the postseason last year. Houston was eventually cleared of any wrongdoing, though the incident did bring high-tech sign-stealing into..." March 18

  • Padres' outfield depth tenuous as season approaches

    San Diego Union-Tribune "Hunter Renfroe and Franmil Reyes are moving around fine, and both have expressed their intention to return to games soon. But circumstances are at least proving there is no such thing as too many good players, a contention the Padres have made all spring even when..." March 18

  • MLBPA did not support three-batter minimum rule

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association agreed to numerous changes that will take effect this season or next, but it sounds like the union was very reluctant on at least one of the new rules. One major change that will be implemented beginning in 2020 is a three-batter..." March 14

  • MLB reportedly will give $1 million to Home Run Derby winner

    ESPN "A single trade deadline, an All-Star Game election day and a million-dollar bonus for the Home Run Derby winner will be implemented in 2019 -- while a three-batter minimum for pitchers and roster expansion will happen in 2020 -- as part of a deal Major League Baseball and the MLB Players..." March 14

  • Report: MLB, union agree to end August trades

    The Score "Baseball's trade season is about to get a major facelift. Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have agreed to eliminate the August waiver trade period in favor of a single non-waiver trade deadline day for all transactions on July 31, sources told Ken..." March 13

  • With Manny Machado and loaded farm system, Padres' vets and rookies excited for future

    Sporting News "You’ll have to excuse Eric Hosmer if the occasional overwhelming sense of deja vu causes him to lose focus for a moment or two this spring.  A baseball lifetime ago, Hosmer was part of the next wave of Royals prospects, a group — along with Mike Moustakas, Danny..." March 13

  • Padres, Sammy Solis Agree To Minor League Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "Left-hander Sammy Solis’ foray into the free-agent market apparently proved to be extraordinarily brief; after being released by the Nationals on Saturday, Solis has agreed to a minor league contract with the Padres, according to Robert Murray and Dennis Lin of The Athletic (Twitter..." March 11

  • Manny Machado admits he doesn’t think Padres can win division

    Yardbarker "San Diego Padres fans can’t expect Manny Machado to immediately turn them from a 66-win team into the NL West division champions, but they might want him to at least pretend the possibility exists. In a recent interview during spring training, Machado admitted the Padres have..." March 10

  • Paddack targets Opening Day, not just roster "Chris Paddack entered his first Padres camp with a chance to crack the starting rotation. At this rate, he might start Opening Day. Seriously -- he might. The 23-year-old right-hander dazzled once again on Friday in the Padres’ 6-5 loss to Oakland. He pitched four..." March 09

  • Machado gets settled: 'I'm loving being here' "It has been two weeks since Manny Machado first buttoned a No. 13 Padres uniform at his introductory press conference. He says it's finally starting to feel normal. After a fortnight in Padres camp, Machado is up to speed on the baseball field. He has played in four games, and he..." March 09

  • Manny Machado knows he’s seen as a ‘villain’ after doing ‘some dumb things’

    New York Post "He knows he is viewed as a “villain.” Manny Machado brings up the word to describe himself. Admits to acts and words that even he terms regrettable. Yet, Machado insists he does not see winding up where no one could have envisioned when free agency began — the Padres..." March 08

  • As part of gambling deal, MLB lineups will now go to commissioner’s office before being made public

    Awful Announcing "It’s something of a no-brainer for professional sports leagues to get involved in the burgeoning world of legalized sports gambling. But gambling always comes with strings attached, and sometimes those strings are going to dangle in a way that doesn’t seem quite..." March 07

  • ‘Adapt or die’: MLB staffs have new look as coaches go from lab to dugout

    USA Today "Wes Johnson did not run from the labels. Weirdo. Iconoclast. Voodoo coach. Johnson heard some variation of them all over the past decade, when he first set up shop as the pitching coach of Dallas Baptist University armed with mysterious tracking technology, funny balls and a..." March 07

  • Inside Major League Baseball’s exploitation of minor leaguers

    Hardball Talk "Ted Berg of For the Win has written an excellent story about what it’s like to be a minor league catcher in spring training. About how many of them there are and how much work they do. Of how critically important it is to the big league team and big league players that they are..." March 07

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred says economic system ‘not broken’

    Boston Herald "Good thing the Internet hasn’t been invented yet because if it had been, Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred might have some explaining to do upon returning home to his wife, Colleen, mother to the couple’s four children. The marquee name at the Boston College..." March 07

  • Report: New MLB gambling partnership has controversial key clause

    Larry Brown Sports "A new provision as part of Major League Baseball’s new gambling partnership has annoyed at least one manager. Last November, MLB made MGM their “official gaming partner” as sports betting becomes increasingly legal and accepted in the United States. Peter Gammons of..." March 06

  • Padres see big boost in ticket sales since Manny Machado signing

    Larry Brown Sports "The San Diego Padres are already seeing dividends from their signing of Manny Machado. According to the Padres’ president of business operations Erik Greupner, the two weeks since Machado’s signing have seen the team generate $3 million in additional ticket revenue, and..." March 06

  • Report: MLB planning changes to All-Star selection with 'election day'

    The Score "Major League Baseball plans to introduce an extra step to All-Star selection this season with a new "election day" to determine the starters at each position, sources told Jeff Passan of ESPN. Standard online voting would still take place under the new format. Once..." March 06

  • Report: Active rosters to expand to 26 players in 2020

    Hardball Talk "Ronald Blum of the Associated Press reports that Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association are close to agreeing to expand active rosters to 26 players for the start of the 2020 regular season. This is in exchange for a commitment to discuss larger economic issues after Opening..." March 06

  • MLB, MLBPA Nearing Rule Change Agreement

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have spent the winter negotiating over rules changes while publicly bickering over the operation of the player market. The sides now appear to be nearing agreement on a package of new rules, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (Twitter link),..." March 05

  • Travis Jankowski Diagnosed With Broken Wrist

    MLB Trade Rumors "Padres outfielder Travis Jankowski has been diagnosed with a broken wrist, Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports on Twitter. It’s not yet known how long he’ll be sidelined, but it is anticipated that he “will miss significant..." March 05

  • Cashman 'closing the chapter' on Harper, Machado

    The Score "New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is tired of being asked about Bryce Harper and Manny Machado. Traditionally the biggest spenders, the Yankees bucked expectations this offseason and didn't make a major free-agency splash, opting not to sign Harper of Machado...." March 03

  • Machado wants Tatis Jr. on Opening Day roster: 'He's a baller'

    The Score "Manny Machado made his San Diego Padres debut on Saturday, lining up at third base alongside highly regarded prospect Fernando Tatis Jr. at shortstop. Following the game, Machado publicly lobbied for the top prospect to make the team out of spring training - something that's not..." March 03

  • Report: Padres, Astros have interest in Dallas Keuchel

    Yardbarker "With MLB Opening Day less than a month away, Dallas Keuchel somehow has not found a job for the 2019 season. That could change now that Bryce Harper is no longer a free agent. Jim Bowden of CBS Sports reports that the San Diego Padres have been in contact with Keuchel’s agent,..." March 02

  • Padres sign veteran reliever Warren to 1-year deal

    ESPN "The San Diego Padres signed right-handed reliever Adam Warren to a one-year deal on Friday, with a club option for 2020. The deal is worth $2.5 million, according to multiple reports. The 31-year-old was 3-2 with a 3.14 ERA and 52 strikeouts over 51 2/3 innings in 47 relief..." March 01

  • $890M of Machado, Harper, Arenado Megadeals Huge Win for Players' War vs. Owners

    Bleacher Report "As it turns out, owners haven't slammed shut all of the financial spigots that run to the players. It just depends on which players. Bryce Harper, 26, set a record Thursday for the largest contract ever awarded to a free agent in professional sports, landing with the Philadelphia..." March 01

  • Manny Machado calls out the Orioles: 'They didn't show me a little bit of love'

    Baltimore Sun "What a difference a few months — and a move to another coast — can make. It seems like just yesterday that we all thought Manny Machado showed his love for Baltimore during the World Series’ national anthem. Now that Machado has signed a 10-year, $300..." February 27

  • Sources: MLB prepared to ditch clock until 2022

    ESPN "Major League Baseball is prepared to scuttle the implementation of a pitch clock until at least 2022 as part of a wide-ranging proposal to the MLB Players Association that would include the ability to implement a three-batter-minimum rule for pitchers and roster-size changes in 2020, sources..." February 27

  • Manny Machado Takes Blatant Shot at Orioles in First Interview as Padre

    12 Up "The Manny Machado saga finally reached it's conclusion last week, as the superstar free agent signed a ten-year, $300 million deal with the San Diego Padres. Machado's decision came after sitting for months in free agency, waiting for the right offer. The Padres..." February 27

  • Padres should be golden with infield trio "On a back field at the Peoria Sports Complex on Saturday, Manny Machado, Ian Kinsler and Eric Hosmer had just finished turning their first around-the-horn double play together. As third-base coach Glenn Hoffman reached into his bag of baseballs, he made an astute..." February 26

  • Report: Padres never made formal offer to Harper

    The Score "Any dreams of the San Diego Padres signing baseball's top two free agents to megadeals this offseason can probably be put to rest. The Padres never submitted a formal offer to Bryce Harper, according to Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune. Instead, they reportedly floated a..." February 25

  • Manny Machado, Padres have a clear path to long-term contention if they follow these four steps

    CBS Sports "Last week the San Diego Padres made the boldest move of the offseason, signing free-agent infielder Manny Machado to a long-term contract worth $300 million. The Padres' lack of recent success is no secret -- they haven't enjoyed a winning season since 2010, and..." February 25

  • Here are possible mystery teams for Harper "Cliff Lee had a mystery team once, and he signed with that mystery team in December 2010. Remember? The Yankees and Rangers pursued Lee the entire offseason, and everybody expected him to choose between the two. But the Phillies engaged Lee’s agent Darek Braunecker during the..." February 24

  • Trevor Bauer so happy Machado signed with NL team

    Larry Brown Sports "San Diego Padres fans aren’t the only ones happy to know Manny Machado will be wearing a Padres uniform for the foreseeable future. Machado signing a massive 10-year contract with the Padres was met with joy in southern California. American League pitchers that faced Machado on..." February 23

  • Manny Machado explains why he chose Padres in free agency

    Sporting News "Manny Machado opened up for the first time about his decision to sign with the Padres during free agency at the team's spring stadium in Arizona, calling San Diego the perfect fit. "I liked the game plan, from ownership to front office to the coaching staff to the..." February 23

  • MLB Announces Implementation Of Pitch Clock For Spring Training Games

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has formally announced the implementation of a 20-second pitch clock to be tested during Spring Training games. Jeff Passan of ESPN reportedminutes prior to the announcement that it’d be made today. Per the league’s announcement, there has been no decision..." February 22

  • Report: Bryce Harper to Padres is ‘not a possibility’

    Larry Brown Sports "Despite repeated rumors indicating that the San Diego Padres may also look into signing Bryce Harper as well, there isn’t any real indication that it’s happening. According to Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune, Harper to the Padres is simply “not..." February 22

  • Report: Padres Execs Will Meet on Friday to Decide Whether or Not to Go After Bryce Harper

    12 Up "The San Diego Padres stunned the baseball world by signing superstar Manny Machado to the largest free agent contract in U.S. sports history earlier this week. It appears that despite the monolithic deal, they're not out on the offseason's other top free agent, Bryce..." February 22

  • Padres GM AJ Preller thought being able to sign Machado was a pipe dream

    ESPN "After realizing the San Diego Padres were making no progress in the trade market for a third baseman, general manager AJ Preller pivoted to the free-agent market. Waiting for him there was one of the premier talents in the game, and the pursuit for Manny..." February 22

  • MLBPA releases statement supporting New Era workers

    Hardball Talk "Earlier this week, Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle and his wife Eireann Dolan brought attention to a labor issue that likely would have flown under the radar. New Era, the official manufacturer of MLB caps, planned to close their factory in Derby New York, eliminating 219 union..." February 22

  • Strike looming for Major League Baseball? It's looking a like real possibility

    USA Today "It was cold and rainy Thursday morning in Phoenix, and the forecast from Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Tony Clark was just as gloomy. It’s premature to talk about a strike until 2021, certainly no one is walking out of camp right now, and even..." February 22

  • MLB Rumors: Bryce Harper Giving Padres a Chance to Match Phillies' Offer

    12 Up "Is the MLB about to get itself a brand new super-team on the West Coast? In response to Manny Machado's massive deal with the Padres, the latest from the rumor mill holds that superstar free agent Bryce Harper is giving San Diego a..." February 21

  • Report: Padres team store pulls Manny Machado jerseys because he hasn't been officially announced

    USA Today "Four-time all-star Manny Machado hasn't officially been introduced as a member of the San Diego Padres — but the team store at Petco Park tried to start selling his new jersey, anyway. According to a report from The San Diego Union-Tribune, No. 13 Machado..." February 21

  • Manny Machado to the Padres is the best-case scenario for Orioles fans

    NBC Sports Washington "Manny Machado is signing with a team other than the Orioles, and it’s still music to the ears of everyone in Baltimore. On Tuesday, multiple reports spread that Manny Machado was signing a record-breaking deal with the San Diego Padres. Not the..." February 20

  • Padres Drop Out of Bryce Harper Sweepstakes as Phillies and Giants Battle it Out

    12 Up "?After the San Diego Padres ?signed Manny Machado to a record-breaking contract, the hopes of Harper joining them and creating an ?MLB super-team are dead. USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Padres are no longer pursuing the free agent..." February 20

  • MLB putting new rules in place to curtail sign stealing, source says

    ESPN "Major League Baseball is putting new rules in place this season to guard against high-tech sign stealing, a source told ESPN's Jeff Passan, confirming an report. After several incidents of alleged stealing of catchers' signs last season, including during the..." February 20

  • White Sox exec in ‘shock’ team did not land Manny Machado

    Larry Brown Sports "The San Diego Padres and Manny Machado reached an agreement Tuesday on a massive 10-year contract, and at least one team appears to be extremely disappointed about missing out on the free agent slugger. Shortly after word surfaced that Machado will sign a 10-year, $300 million deal..." February 20