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  • Indians To Acquire Brad Hand

    MLB Trade Rumors "In a sudden development, the Indians have reached an agreement to acquire closer Brad Hand from the Padres, according to Ken Rosenthal and Robert Murray of The Athletic (Twitter link). The Indians’ desire to augment what has surprisingly been one of the worst bullpens..." July 19

  • Rob Manfred Wants MLB Expansion, Lists Six Potential Cities

    Deadspin "Commissioner Rob Manfred’s all-star break wasn’t only spent sandbagging his sport’s best player. He also took some time to throw his support behind expanding MLB to two more cities. “I hope I’m around long enough to see us expand,” Manfred told..." July 19

  • Indians Interested In Brad Hand

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Indians are among the clubs with interest in Padres closer Brad Hand, tweets ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick. The Yankees and Cubs are among the other teams that have been previously linked to Hand in recent days. Cleveland’s interest in Hand comes as little surprise. The..." July 17

  • Padres expect to bring back old uniform colors starting in 2020

    Larry Brown Sports "The San Diego Padres are having a season to forget in 2018, so now seems like as good a time as any to explore the possibility of some rebranding. The team is doing just that, and the end result could be some very different uniforms. In the latest episode of Jesse Agler’s..." July 16

  • Mark McGwire is candidate for Cardinals manager

    Larry Brown Sports "The St. Louis Cardinals’ search to replace fired manager Mike Matheny could be leading them back to a familiar face. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on Monday that former Cardinals slugger Mark McGwire is among the potential candidates for their managerial..." July 16

  • Cubs Interested In Zach Britton, Brad Hand

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Cubs have been in contact with the Orioles about closer Zach Britton, Bruce Levine of 670 The Score reports.  Padres closer Brad Hand is also on the Cubs’ “wish list” for potential bullpen upgrades. At first glance, the relief corps..." July 16

  • Sizing up the sluggers and betting odds for the 2018 MLB Home Run Derby

    Covers.com "Major League Baseball's annual slugfest goes Monday night at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. If you're one of those people that simply can't take a night off from betting sports - and the WNBA doesn't appeal to you (wait...there are no WNBA games Monday either?!?! Jeez.) -..." July 15

  • MLB Rumors: Yankees, Red Sox shut out on Padres' Brad Hand?

    Newark Star-Ledger "While much of the trade deadline talk right now surrounds Baltimore Orioles shortstop Manny Machado and the bevy of mediocre starting pitchers available, it's easy to forget that most contenders will also look to improve their bullpens. That includes..." July 13

  • MLB, KBO Reportedly Agree To New Posting System

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball and the Korea Baseball Organization have agreed to a revised version of the posting system that allows players who are not yet free-agent eligible to move from the KBO to MLB, according to a report from South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency. The new agreement runs..." July 13

  • Clayton Kershaw has completely owned the San Diego Padres recently

    The Sports Daily "There are only three guarantees in life: death, taxes, and Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw straight-up owning the San Diego Padres. The left-handed hurler faced the Padres at Petco Park on Monday, and it didn’t go well for the home team. Kershaw exited the..." July 10

  • Yankees interested in Orioles' Britton, Padres' Hand

    NewJersey.com "While the Yankees continue along with their quest to upgrade their starting rotation, and it's a need that is growing by the week with Sonny Gray a train wreck once again, GM Brian Cashman's wish list also includes adding one more big piece to the best and deepest bullpen in..." July 08

  • 97.3 The Fan, the San Diego Padres flagship station, is having a very rough year

    Awful Announcing "It hasn’t been a very smooth ride so far for San Diego radio station 97.3 The Fan and, according to recent numbers, it doesn’t seem to be getting much better. The station, which is owned by Entercom Communications, was rebranded as KWFN, “97.3 The..." July 04

  • Padres Designate Matt Szczur

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Padres have designated outfielder Matt Szczur for assignment, per a team announcement. Additionally, San Diego reinstated infielder Allen Cordoba from the 60-day disabled list and optioned him to Single-A, and recalled infielder Carlos Asuaje from Triple-A. " July 01

  • Padres Sign First-Rounder Ryan Weathers

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Padres have signed left-hander Ryan Weathers, the number seven overall pick in this year’s amateur draft. AJ Cassavell of MLB.com was first to tweet news of the signing; the bonus for Weathers has yet to be disclosed. " July 01

  • Franchy Cordero likely to undergo season-ending surgery

    Hardball Talk "Padres outfielder Franchy Cordero is considering surgery to remove a bone spur in his right elbow and may miss the remainder of the 2018 season as a result. If he chooses to undergo the procedure, as club manager Andy Green suggested may be the case sometime over the next month, the estimated..." June 30

  • Why the Marlins and Padres could dominate the trade market with a Brewers-like plan

    CBS Sports "Calendars will flip to July in a few days, leaving us weeks away from the 2018 trade deadline. Most of the attention will be on teams like the Texas Rangers (will they move Adrian Beltre and Cole Hamels?) and the Baltimore Orioles (is Manny Machado heading out of town earlier than expected?),..." June 29

  • Report: MLB working on relaxing shoe restrictions

    Larry Brown Sports "MLB is working on a more relaxed shoe policy after encountering criticism the past few years. Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan reports that MLB and the MLBPA are working on changing the league’s footwear policy to allow players the ability to wear cleats with more..." June 28

  • Report linking Padres to Maikel Franco seems like no coincidence

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "It doesn't seem like a coincidence that Ken Rosenthal's report of the Padres' interest in Maikel Franco came after Franco's best game of the season Saturday. Franco has been available for quite a while and no team has bit. Saturday, a few hours..." June 25

  • Padres Activate Austin Hedges, Select Robert Stock

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Padres announced a slew of roster moves Sunday, including the reinstatement of catcher Austin Hedges from the disabled list and the selection of right-hander Robert Stock from Triple-A. The club also placed righty Jordan Lyles on the DL, recalled reliever Kazuhisa Makita and optioned both..." June 24

  • Padres Designate Tyler Webb

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Padres announced that they’ve designated left-hander Tyler Webb for assignment. His roster spot will go to right-hander Robert Stock, whom the team selected from Triple-A on Sunday. This is the second time a team has designated Webb this season. The Brewers jettisoned Webb..." June 24

  • Padres Interested In Maikel Franco

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Padres have interest in Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports (video link). A deal may not be easy to swing, though, as Rosenthal notes that the Phillies would have to acquire a third baseman or a shortstop from elsewhere in order to move..." June 24

  • The strikeout epidemic ailing Major League Baseball is showing no signs of slowing down

    New York Daily News "From his office high above 245 Park Ave. in Manhattan, the commissioner of baseball, Rob Manfred, can feel and hear it: Whiffff! It is the sound of his players striking out in record numbers, sucking the action out of his game to the point where it too often feels like a funeral for..." June 22

  • Report: MLB bans transactions with Mexican League over ‘corruption’

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball has reportedly banned teams from signing any players who are affiliated with the Mexican League due to questions and concerns over how contracts have been negotiated. In a letter sent to teams on Tuesday that was obtained by Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, MLB..." June 22

  • Padres slugger Franmil Reyes has an unusually specific Padres-themed tattoo

    MLB.com "Padres rookie outfielder Franmil Reyes has displayed some outrageous tater-making capabilities thus far in his big league career. Check out this cannon blast from a few weeks ago. But perhaps the only thing secondary to Reyes' mammoth power is the man's dedication to being a..." June 21

  • Padres To Activate Wil Myers, Option Franmil Reyes

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Padres are set to activate first baseman/outfielder Wil Myers from the DL, per Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune (via Twitter). His return was suggested on Twitter yesterday by James Clark of the East Village Times, who reported that the team will option Franmil Reyes in a..." June 21

  • Padres have done 'due diligence' regarding Machado

    The Score "The San Diego Padres, Major League Baseball's resident agent of chaos, may be entering the Manny Machado sweepstakes as an extreme dark-horse candidate. The Padres have reportedly been in contact with the Baltimore Orioles about the possibility of acquiring the superstar..." June 21

  • With hefty salaries coming, Wil Myers getting on track would boost Padres

    San Diego Union-Tribune "Things can still work out for Wil Myers and the Padres, with Eric Hosmer providing a lift. Just because he was out of sight the past two months, dealing with back and oblique strains, doesn’t change that Myers is the team’s second-best..." June 20

  • How Padres' Brad Hand could be season-changing Phillies trade target

    Newark Star-Ledger "When the Phillies arrived for spring training, a new mantra was enacted: Be Bold. So far, so good on the hope from the team's new manager, Gabe Kapler. At 38-33, the Phillies sit just one game out of a playoff spot and will send Jake Arrieta to the mound..." June 20

  • Report: Padres Asking Red Sox for Rafael Devers or a Young MLB Starter in Brad Hand Talks

    12 Up "?With the American League currently containing the best teams in the entire MLB, any deal before the trade deadline could change momentum in such a tight race.  For the Boston Red Sox, ?acquiring additional arms in the bullpen is their top priority this summer. Relying..." June 19

  • Major League Baseball attendance continues to fall

    Hardball Talk "The owners meetings wrapped up today and, while there wasn’t much in the way of actual decisions and high-level news to speak of, Eric Fisher of Sports Business Journal saysthat, according to Rob Manfred, attendance is down 7% this year compared to last year. While..." June 15

  • MLB Rumors: League Concerned Home Run Derby Won’t Be ‘Star-Studded’

    NESN "The Home Run Derby is just over a month away and Major League Baseball fans already know a few players who won’t be participating. Boston Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts voiced a strong “hell no” when asked if he had any interest in the event, while J.D...." June 15

  • Padres’ Relievers Drawing Trade Interest

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Padres, unsurprisingly, have already been receiving trade inquirieson their relievers, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic in his latest notes column (subscription required). Not only is Brad Hand garnering a strong bit of interest, but setup men Kirby..." June 14

  • Another problem with these baseballs? Evidently some are warped

    WEEI Boston "Baseballs have been a huge topic of late. The actual piece of equipment used by Major League Baseball has come under intense scrutiny since the rise in home runs over the past two years. MLB implemented its own independent investigation, finding a change in aerodynamic..." June 13

  • Yankees, Astros bidding war for dominant lefty?

    Newark Star-Ledger "If the Yankees can't find a top-of-the-rotation arm between now and July 31, adding a lockdown relief pitcher may be the best way to improve an already excellent team. While that may seem crazy, there's logic behind it. That's especially..." June 13

  • Padres' Jose Torres suspended for rest of season by MLB

    San Diego Union-Tribune "Padres pitcher Jose Torres, arrested in December on charges that stemmed from a domestic violence incident involving his wife, was suspended Friday by Major League Baseball for the remainder of the season. The Padres released the following statement after the 100-game suspension,..." June 08

  • The wild, wild NL West: League's worst division is absolutely fascinating

    USA Today "Madison Bumgarner opened the door Tuesday afternoon to San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy’s office, and immediately demanded to know what was going on. “I just saw the lineup card," Bumgarner said, “and I’m batting ninth? “Ninth? Are..." June 06

  • MLB Buys Rawlings From Newell Brands for $395 Million

    Wall Street Journal "Rawlings, a more than century-old company that produces the official ball and helmet of Major League Baseball, will be changing hands in a $395 million deal that adds the professional league as a key investor. Under the terms of the deal announced Tuesday, consumer-goods..." June 06

  • Joe Torre goes to Albany to help MLB get a cut of New York gambling revenue

    Hardball Talk "We’ve been following baseball’s efforts to get a cut of what is soon to be legalized sports gambling proceeds in most states around the country. Major League Baseball has been characterizing that cut as an “integrity fee,” which it says it needs in order to keep the..." June 04

  • How 'hybrid' pitchers prepare for dual roles in rotation and bullpen

    Sporting News "Mike Minor used to get up in the bullpen and start stretching as early as the third inning last year. His bullpen-mates would give him some lighthearted heckling for it, but Minor was in unfamiliar territory. Minor spent four years as a starter in Atlanta, from 2010 to 2014. Injuries..." June 01

  • Padres Will Myers out until July?

    San Diego Union-Tribune "It is looking like either shortly before or right after the All-Star break in mid-July is a possible target date for outfielder Wil Myers to return from the disabled list. Myers began running and “baseball activity” just this week after essentially being sedate since..." June 01

  • Rob Manfred talks pace of play, expansion, gambling, realignment and a reduced schedule

    Hardball Talk "Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic sat down for an exclusive interview with Commissioner Rob Manfred. They talked on most of the hot-button issues of the day. As it’s an Athletic story it is behind a paywall, but as we’ve noted around here many times lately, there’s a lot of good..." May 30

  • MLB criticized for lack of transparency regarding military-themed uniforms

    New York Daily News "The backlash last May was quick and harsh. Players, fans, veterans and Gold Star families saw the advertising for baseball's special Memorial Day military-themed uniforms and called the league out for looking like it was trying to cash in on a day set aside to honor those who had died for..." May 28

  • Hunter Renfroe will rejoin Padres, Franchy Cordero headed to DL

    San Diego Union-Tribune "couple days ago, the Padres were hoping Hunter Renfroe would get his swing right while on a rehab assignment in Triple-A. Now they will call on the right fielder to do so in the major leagues. With fellow outfielder Franchy Cordero needing some..." May 28

  • Twins trade Phil Hughes to the Padres and get a low-level catcher in return

    ESPN 1500 Twin Cities "The Twins have traded Phil Hughes to the San Diego Padres in a creative deal that nets them a catcher in return. The team added minor league catcher Janigson Villalobos from the Padres in exchange for Hughes, a draft pick and some cash. Here are the full..." May 27

  • Tyson Ross helping the Padres win now, maybe later

    San Diego Union-Tribune "Tyson Ross makes it sound easy, but he also knows how important what he’s doing is for the Padres. Now and potentially (probably) later. “I’m just going out there trying to give the team a chance to win,” he said. “Six, seven..." May 25

  • Report: Nike Steals 2020 MLB Uniform Contract From Under Armour

    12 Up "The Nike swoosh is coming to Major League Baseball. All it took was another company's financial ruin to get there. ?Back in 2016, Major League Baseball announced that ?Under Armour was going to be the official on-field uniform provider for all 30 teams come the..." May 24

  • MLB Releases Study On Home Run Rate

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has released a scientific study that was designed to examine “possible causes of the surge in home run rate in Major League Baseball in the past several years,” as its abstract puts it. The study itself is available at this link. Per the report,..." May 24

  • Padres Release Chase Headley

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Padres have released Chase Headley following this past weekend’s DFA, tweetsDennis Lin of The Athletic. The veteran third baseman is now a free agent. San Diego has yet to make a formal announcement, though the move is listed both on the MLB.com transactions log and on..." May 18

  • Padres place Joey Lucchesi on disabled list with hip strain

    San Diego Union-Tribune "Left-hander Joey Lucchesi was placed on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday morning with a right hip strain, hours after tightness in his glutes forced him from Monday’s start after five innings. The Padres recalled infielder Carlos Asuaje – who was..." May 15

  • Franmil Reyes promoted to San Diego

    San Diego Union-Tribune "Entering Sunday, nobody in pro ball had more home runs than Franmil Reyes. The Padres apparently want a closer look at that power. The 6-foot-5, 240-pound outfielder has been recalled for his major league debut, a source confirmed for the Union-Tribune. The East Village Times first reported..." May 14