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MLB News: A.J. who? A look at the man who revived San Diego Baseball

The hype surrounding baseball in San Diego is real, and strong at the moment, and it’s all thanks to one man (and front office.) A.J. Preller, was hired as the General Manager of the San Diego Padres on August 6 of this year, while the Friars were in the midst of a 52-61 season. His impact wasn’t immediately felt, but this off-season, the baseball world has learned the name...

How Much Better are the San Diego Padres?

It’s been a crazy off-season for the San Diego Padres. On Friday morning, the insanity continued when the Padres and the Atlanta Braves agreed to a trade that would send right handed slugger Justin Upton to the Padres in exchange for four Minor League players. It’s clear what new GM A.J. Preller is trying to accomplish: add right handed power to a lineup that was one of the...
Via Baseball Essential
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

After Busy Offseason, What Is Next For The San Diego Padres?

After a flurry of moves over the past week, San Diego Padres new General Manager A.J. Preller has captured the national headlines through a series of trades. In two consecutive days, the Padres acquired Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp as well as Wil Myers, the 2014 American League Rookie of the Year. On Friday afternoon, reports have indicated the Padres have also swapped...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Boston Cuts Ties With Will Middlebrooks, Adds Veteran Catcher

Former Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks, while playing for Boston in 2013. When the Boston Red Sox signed Pablo Sandoval to a five-year deal last month, the writing was on the wall for Will Middlebrooks, the former #1 prospect who had played third base before in 2012 and parts of the past two seasons. He had promise, but injuries and inconsistencies cost him his job in 2014...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

A.J. Preller has completely remade the San Diego Padres in two weeks

Wow. That was a crazy last two days. The San Diego Padres have gone from offensively-challenged perennial doormat to what looks like a dark horse World Series contender. And it’s all thanks to the tireless effort and dogged determination of new general manager A.J. Preller. Preller took over the team in August and bided his time getting to know the organization inside and out...
Via Rumors and Rants
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

San Diego Padres Add Upton

Over the course of the past couple of days, the San Diego Padres have completely revamped their outfield to include three all-star calibre players. In addition to previous deals that have brought in Wil Myers from the Tampa Bay Rays, and Matt Kemp from the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Padres have now pulled the trigger to acquire slugger Justin Upton from the Atlanta Braves. Upton now...
Via The Sideline
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s Unload Another All-Star, Trade Derek Norris

The Oakland A’s unload yet another All-Star this offseason by trading All-Star catcher Derek Norris and minor league pitcher Seth Streich to the San Diego Padre for right-handed starting pitcher Jesse Hahn and right-handed reliever R.J. Alvarez.  The trade was announced late-Tuesday night.  By trading Norris, he will be the fifth All-Star player traded off last season’s A’s...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Atlanta Braves deal Justin Upton to San Diego

The Atlanta Braves finally pulled the trigger on a deal that appeared to be in the makings for the better part of the offseason, sending outfielder Justin Upton as well as a player to be named later to the San Diego Padres for pitcher Max Fried, shortstop Jace Peterson, third baseman Dustin Peterson, and outfielder Mallex Smith. While the Padres are preparing to fight in the tough...
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #174: Andrew Cashner | SP | SD

If there was ever a pitcher heading into 2014 who has become synonymous with the phrase “injury prone” Cashner was it, and he didn’t do a whole heck of lot to reverse that label. Once again, Cashner failed to hold up for a full season. While there is no mistaking his breakable body, what makes Cashner difficult to value, however, is how good he is when healthy. Over the last...
Via Baseball Professor
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Padres acquire Justin Upton from the Braves

Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports The San Diego Padres have acquired left fielder Justin Upton from the Atlanta Braves, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney and Jerry Crasnick. Upton will join newly acquired slugger Matt Kemp and 2013 AL Rookie of the Year Wil Myers in the outfield.  Padres general manager A.J. Preller acquired Kemp in a five-player trade with the Los Angeles...
Via Sports-Glory
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Padres reportedly acquire Justin Upton

Well, this is fascinating. A day after finalizing the Matt Kemp trade, and on the day the Wil Myers trade is expected to be announced, the Padres have reportedly agreed to acquire Justin Upton as well. I think it’s safe to say that A.J. Preller puts a high value on right-handed power hitting outfielders. As […]
Via Fangraphs
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers not happy with Padres GM over Matt Kemp trade

The Dodgers are not happy with San Diego Padres GM A.J. Preller over the way the Matt Kemp trade unfolded. The Dodgers and Padres agreed to a trade with Kemp as the centerpiece exactly one week ago. Despite the agreement, the trade was not officially completed until late Thursday because of supposed concerns regarding Kemp’s...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

San Diego Padres Acquire Derek Norris

It looks as if the trends we have seen through this MLB off-season are going to continue, as the Oakland A’s keep selling, and the San Diego Padres keep buying. In addition to earlier acquisitions including outfielders Matt Kemp, Wil Myers, and pitcher Brandon Morrow, the Padres have now added all-star catcher Derek Norris to its lineup in a deal with the Athletics. After trading...
Via The Sideline
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Jesse Hahn, RJ Alvarez go to A’s in Derek Norris trade

The Oakland A’s are clearly in rebuilding mode, but at least Billy Beane is getting some really nice players in return for his trades. The A’s on Thursday agreed to trade catcher Derek Norris to the San Diego Padres for pitchers Jesse Hahn and R.J. Alvarez. The Padres are also receiving Seth Streich. Norris was...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Reports: Padres Acquire Derek Norris from A’s

The wire just keeps on running it seems. The San Diego Padres have acquired All-Star Catcher Derek Norris from the Oakland Athletics, according to Mark Polishuk with MLB Trade Rumors. Norris was acquired along with RHP Seth Streich and an international signing in exchanged for Padres RHP Jesse Hahn and R.J. Alvarez. Neither club has made the trade announcement official up to this...
Via Friarhood
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Report: Athletics trade Derek Norris to Padres

If you’re an Oakland Athletics fan, you’re probably wondering when the drain of talent from your roster will end. It’s not stopping today – the club has reportedly traded All-Star catcher Derek Norris to the San Diego Padres. Minor league pitcher Seth Streich will also head to San Diego in the deal, while Jesse Hahn and R.J. Alvarez are going to Oakland. Source: the A...
Via The Outside Corner
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Matt Kemp reportedly has arthritis in both hips

So, that huge Matt Kemp trade between the Dodgers and Padres? Yeah…it might not happen. The typically symbolic physical may actually present a huge problem for the Padres, because it’s revealed that Kemp has arthritis in both of his hips. The holdup in Matt Kemp trade is because the physical revealed arthritis in both hips. The #Padres continue to consult medical experts...
Via The Outside Corner
2 days ago  |  Discuss

In Matt Kemp, did the Dodgers find a pigeon in Padres?

The Dodgers/Padres deal for Matt Kemp made big headlines, but is the fact it is quickly falling apart after the fact a blessing for San Diego? The post In Matt Kemp, Did The Dodgers Find A Pigeon In Padres? appeared first on The Sports Fan Journal.
Via The Sports Fan Journal
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Matt Kemp, Right Now, Is Still A Dodger

Real talk: I’m sick of talking about Matt Kemp. I don’t have anything new to say about Matt Kemp. I just want this deal to finally get done so we can all get on with our lives. I want to talk about other things. I want to run Brim’s outstanding look at Chris Hatcher, a guy you’re going to love. I want to really consider the idea of Jimmy Rollins wearing blue. And yet: We...
Via Dodgers Digest
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Padres could deal outfielder Seth Smith

getty images The Padres could trade outfielder Seth Smith. ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports he’s head Smith’s name often in trade talks. It’s worth nothing that any trade involving Smith will probably have to wait until the Padres figure out whether or not they will complete the Matt Kemp trade with the Dodgers. If the Kemp trade does go though, as well as the one for Wil...
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Padres Acquire Myers, Hanigan in 11-Player Deal

There once was a time when the San Diego Padres spoke of going after “the big bat” and “quietly building from within” to achieve some caliber and talent. There was a time when the Padres spoke loudly but carried a soft stick, leaving the “hot stove” to simmer while the Friar Faithful waited with bated breath for good news that would never come. Such times, apparently...
Via Friarhood
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Morrow and Padres agree to $2.5 million, 1-year deal

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Free agent right-hander Brandon Morrow and the San Diego Padres have agreed to a $2.5 million, one-year contract, a deal that allows him to earn up to $8 million if he starts regularly next season. Morrow was 1-3 with a 5.67 ERA in six starts and seven relief appearances for Toronto this year and is 42-43 with a 4.28 ERA in parts of eight big league seasons with...
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Q&A: Nick Ennis, Director of Baseball Operations, San Diego Padres

Nick Ennis was recently promoted to Director of Baseball Operations for the San Diego Padres. He signed on with the Padres as an intern in the baseball operations department out of Columbia Business School, and has also been an advance scout since he joined the team in 2010. He agreed to talk at the Winter […]
Via Fangraphs
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Padres, Rays talking Wil Myers trade

The San Diego Padres have made a significant splash this winter in acquiring Matt Kemp from the Dodgers, and they’ve sniffed around some other bats (Yasmany Tomas, Justin Upton, Pablo Sandova) as well. But San Diego’s latest potential venture in the trade market is one that I don’t think anyone saw coming – the team is reportedly discussing a blockbuster trade with the Tampa...
Via The Outside Corner
3 days ago  |  Discuss

San Diego Padres Fan Honors Tony Gwynn

Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn passed away this past June. And while Major League Baseball didn’t feel it was necessary to honor the San Diego Padres legend…one fan of the Friars did. With a holiday light display. @UTKevinAcee @BenHigginsSD @sdutCanepa @MartyCaswell @OurPadres @UTPadres @JeffSanders_UT @Padres awesome tribute! — kevin pike (@kpe3zy) December...
Via Hall of Very Good
5 days ago  |  Discuss

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