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Hot May Has Cory Spangenberg Among Top NL Rookies

When a team drafts a player tenth overall, they are doing so with the hopes of him someday being a big part of the team’s everyday lineup. But for the San Diego Padres’ 2011 draft pick Cory Spangenberg, his original impact with his ball club in the 2015 season has been as the team’s super-utility player off the bench. Spending the majority of his minor league career as a second baseman (347-of-370 games), Spangenberg has seen time in both corner outfield spots, second and third to go along with being the team’s primary pinch-hitter. But... 
 

James Shields, San Diego Padres Reach Agreement on Four-Year Deal

The San Diego Padres and James Shields have reached an agreement on a four-year deal reportedly worth between $72 million and $78 million.  the deal includes an option for its fifth season and is contingent on Shields passing a physical.  Over the weekend, the Padres became the front runners to acquire the services of the 33-year-old right-hander.  The Chicago Cubs and Miami Marlins were said to have interest as well. Shields had indicated a preference for playing on the West Coast. Shields posted a 3.21 ERA over 227 innings in 2014 with the... 
 

Seattle Mariners Acquire Seth Smith from Padres

The San Diego Padres continued with their busy offseason on Tuesday, sending outfielder Seth Smith to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for right-handed pitcher Brandon Maurer. Padres General Manager A.J. Preller has been very aggressive this winter. With the earlier acquisitions of Matt Kemp, Wil Myers and Justin Upton, Smith became expendable. Smith was acquired from the Oakland Athletics last offseason in exchange for relief pitcher Luke Gregerson. He had a career year with the Padres in 2014, batting .266/.367/.440 in 136 games. In the... 
 

Red Sox, Padres Swap Will Middlebrooks, Ryan Hanigan – Analysis

Formerly considered a likely long-term fixture at third base for the Boston Red Sox, Will Middlebrooks is getting a much-needed fresh start with a new club for which he has a chance to fill the hot corner role in 2015. On Thursday, the Red Sox traded the 26-year-old Middlebrooks to San Diego for veteran catcher Ryan Hanigan. The teams agreed on the deal’s framework early in the day but did not announce the transaction until late last night once Boston’s former top overall prospect passed his physical in San Diego. Though the Padres have... 
 

Padres Set to Acquire Justin Upton From Braves

The San Diego Padres continued an aggressive off-season this time acquiring Atlanta Braves outfielder Justin Upton in a trade that will send the 27 year old slugger back to the National League West Division. The Padres earlier traded for Matt Kemp from the Los Angeles Dodgers and Wil Myers from the Tampa Bay Rays, acquired Derek Norris  re-signed Josh Johnson and signed Brandon Morrow. The trade was first reported by Yahoo’s Jeff Passan. Left-hander Max Fried and second baseman Jace Peterson are headed to the Braves in the trade, reports... 
 

Rays Deal Wil Myers in Blockbuster Trade with Padres, Nationals

The Tampa Bay Rays sent outfielder Wil Myers to the San Diego Padres as part of a three team trade that involved 11 players. Myers heads to San Diego as the centerpiece of the trade. San Diego also receives young minor league arms Gerardo Reyes and Jose Castillo along with big league catcher Ryan Hanigan as part of the deal. Meanwhile, Tampa Bay will get catcher Rene Rivera, right-hander Burch Smith and first base prospect Jake Bauers from the Padres. In addition, the Rays get outfielder Steven Souza and lefty pitcher Travis Ott from the Washington... 
 

Padres Acquire Matt Kemp from Dodgers

The San Diego Padres have acquired outfielder Matt Kemp from the Los Angeles Dodgers reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. As part of the deal, the Dodgers will eat $30 million of the $107 million remaining on Kemp’s contract, which runs through 2019. Catcher Tim Federowicz will accompany Kemp to San Diego while catcher Yasmani Grandal, righty Joe Wieland and pitching prospect Zach Eflin will go to Los Angeles. This is the latest in a flurry of activity for the Dodgers, who completed a six player trade with the Miami Marlins, have a deal... 
 

MLB Trade Rumors: Tigers Interested in Ian Kennedy or Joaquin Benoit

The San Diego Padres moved third baseman Chase Headley and closer Huston Street prior to the July 31 trade deadline. Still, they declined to move two key pieces in Ian Kennedy and Joaquin Benoit, both of whom were in high demand. With the recent hiring of A.J. Preller as the General Manager, an August trade could be in order. It figures to be at least a couple years before the Padres will be in a position to contend, and Benoit and Kennedy become free agents after the 2015 season. The Padres picked up Kennedy from the Arizona Diamondbacks at... 
 

Padres Cameron Maybin Suspended 25 Games for PEDs

San Diego Padres center fielder Cameron Maybin was suspended by Major League Baseball for performance-enhancing drug use and will miss 25 games. Maybin tested positive for amphetamines and it is the second time he has tested positive. Players who test positive for amphetamines are automatically given warnings the first time, and are subjected to subsequent testing and an automatic suspension if caught a second time. Maybin took responsibility for the failed test. “I have been undergoing treatment for several years for a medical condition,... 
 

Yankees Complete Deal for Padres Chase Headley

The New York Yankees completed a deal which will send Yangervis Solarte and minor league right-hander Rafael De Paula to the San Diego Padres in return for Chase Headley and $1 million. Baseball News Source speculated the Yankees would complete this deal last week. Headley is a free-agent at the end of the year. New York is not eligible to make him a qualifying offer. Headley has come down from his once lofty position as an annual trade deadline rumor favorite. The switch hitting Headley has slumped this season, batting just .229 with seven home... 
 

MLB Trade Rumors: Chase Headley on the Move?

The San Diego Padres have been out of the playoff hunt for some time. General Manager Josh Byrnes was fired earlier in the year, and more changes are on the way. Huston Street was sent to the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for a trio of prospects last night. It seems very likely that more trades are on the way. One big name that should get moved is third baseman Chase Headley. Headley, who will hit free agency after this season, had an MVP-caliber season in 2012. The third baseman produced an impressive .286/.376/.498 batting line with 31... 
 

Padres Set To Trade Huston Street to Angels

The Los Angeles Angels have reached an agreement with the San Diego Padres on a six-player trade that will send All-Star closer Huston Street to the Angels. The trade is pending all players involved passing physicals. The Padres will receive second baseman Taylor Lindsey, right-hander R.J. Alvarez, shortstop Jose Rondon and another minor leaguer from the Angels. Street has 24 saves to go with a 1.09 ERA and a 0.76 WHIP this season with San Diego and saved 33 games with a 2.70 ERA in 2013. The Angels swapped closers with the Pittsburgh Pirates... 
 

MLB Trade Rumors: Huston Street, Joakim Soria

Baseball is finally back, and trade talks are heating up. Less than two weeks remain before the July 31st deadline. Of course trades can be and often are made after that deadline when players clear waivers, but a good chunk of the action will occur in the next two weeks. Two names that are receiving a lot of interest are Texas Rangers closer Joakim Soria and San Diego Padres stopper Huston Street. Both are pitching very well in relief for teams that won’t be around in October. 2014 is Soria’s first full season after coming back from... 
 

Tony Gwynn, Hall of Famer Dies at 54

Tony Gwynn, legendary hitter and Hall of Famer has died of cancer at age 54. He had been on medical leave since late March from his job at his alma mater San Diego State, while recovering from cancer treatment. He had been signed to a one-year contract extension as the baseball coach at the school on June 11. Gwynn was first diagnosed with cancer in 2010. Gwynn had a career .338 batting average, won eight National League batting titles, and played in the franchise’s only two World Series. He hit safely in 75 percent of the games in which... 
 

Padres Set to Sign Joaquin Benoit

The San Diego Padres reached an agreement with righthanded reliever Joaquin Benoit on a two-year deal that will be worth close to $15 million once finalized, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Benoit will likely serve as the setup man for closer Huston Street The 36 year-old Benoit enjoyed a fine season with the Detroit Tigers in 2013. After Jose Valverde was released, Benoit took over closing duties, and finished the season with 24 saves. In 66 games, he managed a 2.01 ERA and struck out 27.6 percent of hitters while walking 8.3 percent. Over... 
 

Padres Sign Josh Johnson – One-year Deal, $8 million

The San Diego Padres reached an agreement with free-agent starter Josh Johnson on a one-year guaranteed $8 million deal. The deal includes an additional $1.25 million in performance bonuses and Johnson makes 26 starts. Johnson did not receive a qualifying offer from Toronto. Johnson, 29, is 58-45 with a 3.40 ERA in parts of nine seasons with the Miami Marlins and Toronto Blue Jays. He went 2-8 with a 6.20 ERA in a injury-plagued 2013 season with Toronto, and had been looking for a short-term deal to re-establish himself before going back on... 
 

San Diego Padres Burch Smith: Power Arm, Raw Prospect

Burch Smith was selected in the 14th round by the San Diego Padres in 2011. The big righthander from the University of Oklahoma had previously attended Howard Community College. Before being selected by the Padres, Smith was drafted in the 49th round by the Cleveland Indians in 2009, and again by the Indians in the 20th round in 2010, but declined to sign. The 23 year-old has risen quickly through the minor league ranks. When he made his major league debut this year in a May 11 start, he became the first player from the 2011 14th round to... 
 

San Diego Padres Get Ian Kennedy In Trade With Arizona Diamondbacks

According to MLB.com’s Corey Brock, the San Diego Padres have reached an agreement with the Arizona Diamondbacks in trade that will send statrer Ian Kennedy to the Padres for lefty reliever Joe Thatcher, Double-A reliever Matt Stites, and a compensation round B draft pick. Kennedy is 3-8 with a 5.23 ERA in 21 starts for the Diamondbacks this season.Thatcher, 31, is 3-1 with a 2.10 ERA in 50 games for the Padres. The move helps Arizona strengthen its bullpen now and in the future. Stiles is is 2-2 with a 2.08 ERA and 51 strikeouts and... 
 

Padres Trade Rumors: Potential Suitors for Five Players at Trade Deadline

A couple of weeks ago the San Diego Padres were on a hot streak. Not too many games ago, San Diego was right around first place and now, at the All Star Break, they find themselves 8.5 games back and in last place. In other words, it’s time to sell. The chances of the Padres making a playoff run were slim going into the regular season, and they held their own longer than expected, but even in a wide open division, climbing four teams, including the defending champs, the highest payroll in the NL and the current division leaders, is simply,... 
 

Padres Clayton Richard Likely to DL with Shoulder Injury

San Diego Padres Clayton Richard will be headed to the disabled list after feeling pain in his AC joint (down his neck and into the upper part of his chest) in Friday’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Richard had only thrown two pitches (the first a ball and the second a strike to leadoff hitter Mark Ellis) before he felt discomfort in his shoulder. Padres manager Bud Black came out to meet with the southpaw, which ended with Richard being pulled from the game. Tim Stauffer came into the game in relief of Richard, pitching four innings... 
 

Padres Cameron Maybin to Miss Six Weeks with Knee Injury

When it rains, it pours for the San Diego Padres center fielder Cameron Maybin. After returning from over a month and a half long stint on the disabled list (due to an injured wrist) five days ago, Maybin will be returning to the DL and will miss at least six weeks with an injury to his posterior crucial ligament. In Sunday’s game against the Colorado Rockies, Maybin landed awkwardly on his knee in an attempt to catch a fly ball, damaging the ligament in his knee. After missing seven weeks for his wrist, Maybin will be out for a similar time... 
 

Cameron Maybin Reinstated from DL, Rejoins Padres

San Diego Padres center fielder Cameron Maybin will be reinstated today from the disabled list after missing the last 45 games due to a right wrist impingement. Maybin was placed on the 15-day DL on April 18 after injuring his right wrist on a defensive play in a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday, April 15. Maybin has dealt with discomfort in his right wrist over the course of the past two seasons with the Padres. Before being placed on the DL, Maybin was struggling in the initial days of the season. In 10 games this season, Maybin... 
 

Padres Huston Street to DL with with Strained Calf

Huston Street won’t be closing for the San Diego Padres for at least 15 days. Street was placed on the DL with a strained calf on Sunday and is not expected back until the middle of June at the earliest. For the closer, 15 days off may be a good thing. While Street was able to convert 11 of his 12 opportunities before this injury, the results were mixed. In 20.3 innings, Street surrendered a whopping seven home runs and lost three games. The Padres are armed with a backup plan in Street’s absence. Luke Gregorson has been anointed the... 
 

Andrew Cashner, Offense Lead Padres to 13-4 Victory

Following losses on Thursday and Friday, and a narrow 2-1 win on Saturday, the San Diego Padres would pummel the Washington Nationals in a 13-4 victory on Sunday, splitting the four-game series. The Padres were led by a strong performance by gunslinging starter Andrew Cashner, who went 6.2 innings while surrendering three runs and striking out six batters. The former first-round draft pick out of TCU, Cashner has excelled since joining the starting rotation in late-April, establishing a 3-2 record with a solid 3.02 ERA in 44.2 innings of work. Having... 
 

Jedd Gyorko Homers Again In Padres Win

Jedd Gyorko is no stranger to hitting home runs. He hit  30 home runs last season  spending his time between AA and AAA. Gyorko  also hit four home runs this spring.  a popular sleeper pick in most fantasy drafts Gyorko got off to a slow start  hitting .244/.347/.317 in 49 plate appearances and went  homeless in his first 96 at-bats. Things may be about to change. Gyorko  entered last night’s game batting .340 (17 for 50) with six doubles, two home runs and four RBI in his last 13 games. After hitting his third home run of the season... 
 

San Diego Padres Carlos Quentin Gets Eight Game Suspension

MLB  suspended Carlos Quentin  for eight games for his role in the bench clearing brawl with the Los Angeles Dodgers Thursday night that resulted in Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke  suffering a broken collarbone. Greinke will be sidelined for eight weeks and will not be suspended. Greinke is 1-0 with a 1.59 ERA in two starts this season. Los Angeles signed Greinke to a six-year contract worth $147 million this offseason. Quentin appealed the suspension, which means that he could be potentially be active on Monday when the Padres begin a three-game... 
 

Padres Chase Headley Out For a Month With Broken Thumb

Chase Headley  will miss at least a month,  the result of breaking the tip of his left thumb while sliding into second base on Sunday trying to break up a double play. The injury is not likely to require surgery and will need about a month to heal. “Injuries occur. You hate to see it happen, but it’s the nature of a physical sport like baseball,” Padres manager Bud Black said. “It’s unfortunate for Chase and the entire Padres organization.” Headley hit .286 with 31 homers and 115 RBIs last year, when he won... 
 

National League: Projected Platoons for 2013

With the ever rising cost of offense, more and more teams are looking to platoons as low-cost, high-reward options. The platoon is hardly a new managerial tool, but it seems as though there are more teams using the stat-heavy angle to leverage player’s stronger sides to enhance the team’s production–while also saving a penny or two in the process. Below is an in-depth, projected list of National League organizations and their respective platoons for 2013. Atlanta Braves: THIRD BASE -As much as the Braves like Juan Francisco‘s... 
 

San Diego Padres: 2013 Spring Training Preview Guide

Though they are not opening their pockets as deep as their National League West rivals to the north, the San Diego padres’ new ownership group has taken a new direction that is opposite of the penny pinching ways the franchise has demonstrated for years. Instead of trading hometown star Carlos Quentin, the Padres signed him to a long-term deal. They also retained closer Huston Street, and so far they have resisted offers to trade third baseman Chase Headley. With the three aforementioned names – plus promising young players like first... 
 

Chase Headley Agrees With San Diego Padres On One-Year Deal

Chase Headley and the San Diego Padres reached an agreement on a one-year deal worth $8.575 million and avoided arbitration. Headley had requested $10.3 million, and the team had offered slightly more than $7 million. Headley hit .286/.376/.498 with 31 home runs and 17 stolen bases in 699 plate appearances in 2012. The switch-hitting Headley  also took home his first career Rawlings Gold Glove and Louisville Silver Slugger awards.  Over parts of six Major League seasons with San Diego (2007-12), he has hit .273 (679-for-2487) with 139 doubles,... 
 

San Diego Padres: Top 10 Prospects For 2013

Could it be that the San Diego Padres‘ penny-pinching ways are now part of the past? Though they are not likely to even remotely resemble the current version of the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Padres do have a new ownership group, and instead of trading talented young veterans like Chase Headley and Cameron Maybin, and unloading seasoned names like Carlos Quinten and Huston Street, they have retained them. Those core players will soon be joined by a group of promising prospects. First baseman Yonder Alonso and catcher Yasmani Grandal, both of... 
 

National League West – 2013 Team Needs and Outlook

The Giants’ deep rotation remains intact for 2013, unless… Editor’s Note: Baseball News Source has provided a division-by-division series that address what teams might do this off-season in the American League and in the National League East and NL Central. Here is our outlook on the NL West to finalize the series. Even though Tim Lincecum struggled with a 10-15 record and a 5.18 ERA during the regular season, the San Francisco Giants used solid pitching and timely hitting to capture the National League West title and then rally from... 
 

Headley’s MVP-Caliber Season Brings Optimism to Padres

Headley’s performance in 2012 has catapulted him into the MVP discussion There was nothing at stake in Milwaukee on Wednesday. Just two teams – the Brewers and the San Diego Padres – playing a meaningless 2012 finale. Though they finished with a 76-86 record after a 7-6 win, the Padres have reasons for optimism heading into the off-season. A key one is third baseman Chase Headley. Headley – who was 2-for-3 with a triple, two RBI, two walks and a run – emerged as a building block for a Padres franchise that gained new... 
 

New Padres Ownership Adding Payroll – Changing Direction

  Padres may keep Headley who is under team control through 2014 There is a better chance of snow falling in southern California than the Padres mimicking the newfound spending habits of their National League rival and neighbor to the north in Los Angeles. Still, there is a sudden change in the way they are doing business in San Diego. Earlier in August, Major League Baseball owners approved the sale of the Padres for around $800 million to a group that includes Kevin and Brian O’Malley, the sons of former Los Angeles Dodgers owner Peter... 
 

New Padres Owners – World Series Pedigree Offers Hope

Quentin is batting .262 with 13 home runs and 36 RBI this season, agreed to a three-year, $27 million deal on July 22. Times are changing for the San Diego Padres. A new ownership group that features sons and nephews of a former owner with a championship pedigree has taken over, key veterans Carlos Quentin and Huston Street were signed to extensions, the farm system is poised to harvest some impressive young talent and if media reports are accurate, the franchise is ready to spend money in the off-season. Last week, it was announced that Major League... 
 

Huston Street Gets $14 Million Extension From San Diego

Huston Street is comfortable pitching in San Diego, and today the San Diego Padres gave Street 14 million more reasons to be more comfortable. The Padres and Street have agreed to a $14 million two-year contract extension that will carry him through the 2014 season. Street is 2-0 on the season and pitching to a 0.91 ERA and has converted all 17 save opportunities in his first year with the Padres. “You find a place that you’re comfortable with, obvious success makes you feel more comfortable, but also the team, my teammates, wanting... 
 

Are the Padres Ready to Build a Contender?

Clearly in a rebuilding stage, the San Diego Padres surprised some baseball pundits when they recently announced a three-year, $27 million extension for outfielder Carlos Quentin. It was thought that the budget-conscious Padres would attempt to trade the San Diego native for a haul of prospects, much like they did with first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and right-handed starting pitcher Mat Latos. Perhaps the new deal for Quentin signals that the Padres are ready to build a National League pennant contender instead of selling core players when they reach... 
 

Chase Headley – Talent and Team Control Valuable Combination

Chase Headley could be headed to Oakland, Philadelphia, or Baltimore. And although the Yankees deny they will add a third baseman, to play while Alex Rodriguez recovers from a broken hand, don’t count them out. Headley is a switch- hitting 28-year-old third baseman with his best baseball ahead of him. Starting pitching has begun to sort itself out in this market and with teams trending towards trading for players who are under team control, the market for Headley may just be getting started. It is not common to find an everyday third baseman... 
 

Carlos Quentin Gets three-year $ 27 Million Extension with Padres

  The San Diego Padres sign Carlos Quentin to a three-year extension worth 27 million ( photo by tehseoduke flicker) Carlos Quentin was bringing about lots of interest from prospective buyers before the trade deadline. Apparently, the San Diego Padres have decided to hold on to Quentin, for now. The team signed Quentin to a three-year extension worth $27 million earlier today. Quentin is hitting .273/389/.525 , with nine home runs and 22 RBI. New ownership plans to build the Padres around Quentin. The team is also interested in in signing closer... 
 

San Diego Padres – All-Star Break Report

We are currently in the All-Star break and I’m evaluating the performance of the teams in the NL West. Today’s team evaluation is the San Diego Padres. As it stands right now, the Padres are 13 games out of first place and much like last year are at the bottom of the NL West. This report card could probably be cut and pasted from last year’s performance by the Padres because despite all the off-season acquisitions and planning the Padres still find themselves right where they were last year. There’s got to be frustrating for the team, the... 
 

Tony Gwynn Joins Tull Group In Padres Bid

Tony Gwynn the San Diego Padres Hall of Famer on Monday announced that he will be joining a group led by Thomas Tull in an effort to purchase the Padres. Gwynn stated that he is the coach at San Diego State first and planned on continuing with that responsibility but was excited about the opportunity to join Tull’s group. There are at least four other groups believed to be interested in buying the Padres from current owner John Moores: hedge fund billionaire Steven Cohen, Chicago White Sox executive Dennis Gilbert, former Los Angeles Dodgers... 
 
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