Padres Rumors & News

  • Highlighting the major issues that could hang over the next labor deal

    ESPN "Here's something you can be thankful for as you chomp on your turkey and stuffing: Since the last baseball work stoppage -- and that's now 20 years ago, if you're scoring at home -- the three other major North American sports have had six of them. So how 'bout that. Baseball. The sports world's..." November 26

  • Report: MLB in serious talks about hosting games in London

    The Outside Corner "Major League Baseball could soon vacation to London, according to Fox Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi. Morosi reported Wednesday morning that MLB “is making progress” in discussion with London officials about bringing games to the UK as early as 2017. The talks were first reported last weekend by The..." November 25

  • Report: Padres met with Japanese free agent Matsuda

    The Score "The San Diego Padres could turn to the international market to improve their infield depth this offseason. General manager A.J. Preller and scouting director Logan White met this week with Japanese free agent Nobuhiro Matsuda, the 32-year-old third baseman who spent the last decade with the..." November 24

  • Mark McGwire expected to become Padres bench coach

    CBS Sports "Mark McGwire, the slugger who served as hitting coach the last six years with the Cardinals and then the Dodgers, is expected to be named bench coach for the Padres. Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union Tribune recently reported McGwire was a strong candidate for the job. McGwire brings extra..." November 24

  • Look for second-tier pitcher to sign before Price, Greinke

    Fox Sports "Monday, multiple team executives in search of pitching told me they expect at least one second- or third-tier free-agent starter — think Wei-Yin Chen, Yovani Gallardo, Mike Leake or Jeff Samardzija — to sign before David Price or Zack Greinke agree to their market-setting deals. The thinking..." November 23

  • Stephen Strasburg an Option for the Padres?

    Baseball Essential "There are some rumbling coming out of the Nation’s Capital that the Washington Nationals are considering moving Stephen Strasburg this winter. It really comes as no surprise, as the team invested a ton of money into Max Scherzer this past offseason and he is the team’s ace. Strasburg has a golden..." November 23

  • Ron Gardenhire could join Padres’ front office

    Hardball Talk "Ron Gardenhire failed to land a manager gig after applying for a handful of openings, including finishing runner-up for the Padres job. San Diego was interested in hiring Gardenhire as the bench coach for rookie manager Andy Green, but he apparently wasn’t interested and now the Padres have..." November 22

  • McGwire a candidate for Padres bench coach

    San Diego Union-Tribune "Former Los Angeles Dodgers hitting coach and home-run king Mark McGwire is in discussions with the Padres about becoming their next bench coach, sources told the Union-Tribune. While nothing has been made official, one source suggested McGwire is a very strong candidate for the job, one that..." November 21

  • MLB moving toward a “Chase Utley Rule” for slides into second

    Hardball Talk "Ken Davidoff of the New York Post reports from the Owners’ Meetings in Dallas that “momentum continues to build toward” a rule change that he correctly notes will likely be referred to as “The Chase Utley Rule.” Specifically, a change in the rules which would be aimed at eliminating the sorts..." November 20

  • MLB minimum salary set to remain $507,500 in 2016

    True Blue L.A. "The major league minimum salary will remain at $507,500 in 2016, the same as in 2015, because of the Consumer Price Index released on Tuesday morning. Major League Baseball has not yet made the announcement. Next year is the final year of the collective bargaining agreement, which covers the..." November 18

  • Astros’ assistant hitting coach Alan Zinter leaves for Padres

    Houston Chronicle "The Astros need a new assistant hitting coach. Alan Zinter, who spent one year with the team working under Dave Hudgens, is headed to the Padres, who have hired them to be their lead hitting coach. “You get into coaching, you want to be able to work your way to the top,” said Zinter, 47. “Hudge..." November 17

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    Matt Eddy @MattEddyBA

    #Padres sign well-traveled LH reliever Ramon Benjamin, 28, to minors deal. Had 7.1 SO/9, 1.23 WHIP in #Dodgers system this year.

  • Report: Padres willing to move Kemp, shopping Ross

    The Score "The San Diego Padres were one of the biggest buyers of last offseason, and could be one of the biggest sellers this offseason. After trading the back end of their bullpen in Craig Kimbrel and Joaquin Benoit for prospects, the Padres are reportedly looking to make more moves. San Diego's..." November 16

  • Did Red Sox give up too much? Mixed reviews on Kimbrel deal

    CSN New England "Unsurprisingly, there's been a mixed reaction across baseball to the Red Sox' trade for Craig Kimbrel in exchange for minor league prospects. Some evaluators -- ESPN's Keith Law among them -- think the Red Sox surrendered too much in outfielder Manuel Margot and shortstop Javier Guerra,..." November 16

  • Ex-Padres reliever Bochtler to be bullpen coach

    San Diego Union-Tribune "Doug Bochtler, the former Padres reliever who helped Trevor Hoffman with his change-up, will return to San Diego as Andy Green’s bullpen coach, according to sources. Bochtler is familiar with Green, who became Padres manager on Oct. 29 after five seasons in Arizona’s organization. While they..." November 14

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    Dennis Lin @dennistlin

    Sources: The Padres have expressed interest in free-agent shortstop Ian Desmond, who declined the QO today.

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    Corey Brock @FollowThePadres

    My bad, misunderstood AJP: He meant Asuaje as having a chance in ST. He's 24, makes more sense. Sorry, balancing #dad duties here.

  • Padres have expressed interest in Ian Desmond

    The Score "The San Diego Padres cleared some room on their payroll Friday by shipping closer Craig Kimbrel to Boston, and general manager A.J. Preller may use that extra financial flexibility to pursue a long-term solution as shortstop. The Padres have reportedly expressed interest in Ian Desmond, the..." November 14

  • 600 Chris Denorfia bobbleheads mysteriously left on doorstep

    NBC San Diego "Several roommates were miffed when 600 bobbleheads bearing the face of a former Padres player mysteriously turned up near their doorstep in University City, San Diego. Now they're resorting to handing them out as party favors. The woman who answered the phone at the San Diego Police..." November 14

  • Red Sox Acquire Craig Kimbrel From Padres For Multiple Prospects

    NESN "The Boston Red Sox added a key player to their bullpen Friday night. The Red Sox have acquired closer Craig Kimbrel in a trade with the San Diego Padres. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal was the first to report the trade. Boston sent minor leaguers Manuel Margot, Carlos Asuaje, Logan Allen and Javier..." November 14

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    Jim Bowden @JimBowden_ESPN

    Ian Kennedy will NOT accept qualifying offer according to a source familiar with his decision. Kennedy has 9.3 SO/9 2nd to Price on market

  • Korean left fielder Hyun-soo Kim plans on signing with MLB team

    Yahoo! Sports "Hyun-soo Kim, one of the most consistent hitters in Korea for the past decade, plans on signing with a major league team this offseason and continuing the influx of top Korean players into the big leagues, sources told Yahoo Sports. Kim, a 27-year-old left fielder, is an international free..." November 13

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Reasonable to assume that #Astros again want Chapman or Kimbrel. SD hard to predict, but likely willing to move Kimbrel for big return.

  • Mariners acquire reliever Joaquin Benoit from Padres

    Hardball Talk "New general manager Jerry Dipoto continues to work quickly to make changes to Seattle’s roster, with Ken Rosenthal of reporting that the Mariners have acquired right-hander Joaquin Benoit from the Padres. San Diego picked up its $7.5 million option on Benoit for 2016, knowing he..." November 12

  • MLB assessing legality of daily fantasy sites

    Houston Chronicle "New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s declaration Tuesday that daily fantasy sports constitute illegal gambling in that state is being monitored by Major League Baseball, the league’s top lawyer said Wednesday at the general managers’ meetings. DraftKings and FanDuel — the former is..." November 12

  • Yankees trade Pirela to Padres for pitching prospect

    The Score "San Diego Padres general manager A.J. Preller added to an area of weakness with help from the other coast. The Padres acquired utility infielder Jose Pirela from the New York Yankees on Wednesday in exchange for minor-league pitcher Ron Herrera. Signed by the Yankees as an amateur free agent..." November 11

  • Defensive standouts nab Gold Glove Awards "The 18 winners of the 2015 Rawlings Gold Glove Awards were announced on Tuesday night, and the Platinum Glove winners for the best overall defensive player in each league will be unveiled on Friday following a fan vote. Only MLB managers and coaches can vote, and they can't vote for their own..." November 11

  • Superstars among finalists for BBWAA honors "Finalists for each of the four Baseball Writers' Association of America awards were unveiled during an hour-long MLB Network special on Tuesday night. Each league's winner of the Most Valuable Player Award, the Cy Young Award, the Rookie of the Year Award and the Manager of the Year Award will..." November 11

  • 2015 BBWAA Awards finalists announced on MLB Network "The Baseball Writers Association of America is revealing the top three finalists for American League and National League Rookie of the Year, Manager of the Year, Cy Young, and Most Valuable Player during a one-hour special starting at 6:00 p.m. ET on MLB Network. We’ll post the names here as they..." November 10

  • MLB considering rule change to prevent takeout slides

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball is considering a rule change that would force runners to slide directly into second base, ostensibly eliminating takeout slides. While there are still hurdles, namely union approval, the proposal has apparently been discussed, according to FOX Sports’s Jon Morosi. The..." November 10

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    Jon Heyman @JonHeymanCBS

    Japanese 3B-2B Nobu Matsuda, 32, has declared for free agency with hopes of MLB deal. Hit 35 HR for softbank.

  • Free agent Carlos Quentin to attempt comeback in 2016

    CBS Sports "Carlos Quentin, who was leaning toward retiring last summer, has decided to give baseball another chance. Quentin, who never filed retirement papers, has been doing baseball activity for six weeks and is plotting a comeback as a first baseman/DH/outfielder. His knees, which have been operated..." November 09

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    Jon Heyman @JonHeymanCBS

    Regarding Byung-ho Park, I hear it's also not mets, yanks, Dodgers, angels, padres or Indians.

  • Padres seek balance

    San Diego Union-Tribune "The baseball offseason reached one of its first mileposts, the official start of free agency, late Friday on the West Coast. Monday will mark the beginning of the general managers’ meetings, a four-day event in Boca Raton, Fla., where the sport’s decision-makers convene to lay the groundwork for..." November 07

  • Ian Kennedy gets a qualifying offer

    Hardball Talk "I said this morning that no one has ever accepted a qualifying offer. This time next week it’s possible that still will be the case. I think, however, we may have our best candidate in the running: Jon Heyman reports that the Padres will extend a $15.8 million qualifying offer to Ian Kennedy..." November 06

  • Joaquin Benoit “available for trade right now”

    Hardball Talk "San Diego announced Tuesday that it had exercised a $7.5 million club option on Joaquin Benoit, but it doesn’t sound like the veteran reliever is going to open the 2016 season in a Padres uniform. According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, Benoit “is available for trade right now.” " November 05

  • Padres likely to give Kennedy qualifying offer

    San Diego Union-Tribune "The Padres are leaning toward giving free agent Ian Kennedy a qualifying offer, a club source said. The team's official decision on the right-hander is expected to be made very close to Friday's 2 p.m. (PST) deadline. Teams must extend qualifying offers to their free agents in order to receive..." November 05

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    San Diego Padres @Padres

    The #Padres have declined to exercise an option on the contract for LHP Cory Luebke for the 2016 season

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Sources: #Dodgers have interviewed Dave Roberts for managing job. LAD not close to decision. Roberts expected to move on from SD regardless.

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    Dennis Lin @dennistlin

    The Padres exercised Joaquin Benoit's option, declined Clint Barmes'. Decision on Benoit came down to $6.5 million. $8M vs. $1.5M buyout.

  • Report: Bud Black ‘deeply offended’ by Nationals’ contract offer

    Larry Brown Sports "Bud Black will no longer be the next manager of the Washington Nationals after being insulted by the team’s contract offer, reports say. Black accepted the Nationals’ managerial position last Wednesday and the two sides began exchanging contract figures shortly thereafter, according to CBS..." November 03

  • 2015-16 MLB Offseason: 10 trade and free agent predictions

    CBS Sports "The 2015-16 offseason is officially upon us. The Royals clinched the 2015 World Series title with their win over the Mets Sunday night, and, at 9am ET Monday morning, a total of 139 players became free agents. Here's the list. As always, the 2015-16 offseason promises to be action packed, with..." November 03

  • Count on a busy time for free agents and a whole lot more this offseason

    ESPN "One of the great misnomers in baseball is the offseason -- because there is no such thing. The fall and winter will bring signings and trades and rule changes, with barely a pause for Christmas. The baseball season ended late this year, which means slightly less time to get everything done. But..." November 03

  • MLB free agent class highlighted by David Price, Johnny Cueto and Jordan Zimmermann

    SB Nation "The World Series is over and Major League Baseball officially shifts into the hot stove season on Monday, beginning with dozens of players hitting free agency the morning after the World Series ends. It's a loaded free agent class highlighted by ace starting pitchers and a few impact position..." November 02

  • Padres Hire Green As Manager

    Baseball America "The San Diego Padres have hired Andy Green, a two-time pick as best manager in the Southern League, as their new manager. Green, 38, spent this season as the third-base coach for the Diamondbacks and their first-year manager Chip Hale. “He’s an aggressive manager and I know now that when we..." October 30

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    Scott Miller @ScottMillerBbl

    Andy Green will be named as the next manager of the #Padres later today. Sources.

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    Scott Miller @ScottMillerBbl

    Pirates 3B coach Rick Sofield is emerging as the favorite to land the #Padres manager job.

  • Padres hire Diamondbacks third base coach Andy Green as new manager

    Hardball Talk "Pirates third base coach Rick Sofield and ex-Twins manager Ron Gardenhire each had second interviews for the Padres’ managerial opening, but Scott Miller of Bleacher Report says San Diego has decided to go with Diamondbacks third base coach Andy Green. Green played parts of four seasons in the..." October 29

  • Ron Gardenhire favorite to become Padres manager, report says

    Sporting News "Ron Gardenhire has emerged as the favorite to fill the Padres' vacant managerial position, according to ESPN . Gardenhire, who went 1,068-1,039 in 13 seasons with the Twins, conducted his second interview in San Diego on Sunday and is one of two finalists for the position. Rick Sofield is..." October 28

  • Padres trim manager list, move past 1st stage "The Padres' ever-evolving search for a new manager has reached the second round, general manager A.J. Preller said on Tuesday morning. "I feel good about the number of guys we had in the initial stage, and now we'll be able to get that down to a smaller group," Preller said. "We're looking to..." October 27