Covers.com "The average Major League Baseball salary will cross the $4 million threshold when the regular season begins next week. According to an analysis by The Associated Press, the average salary is projected to be about $4.25 million in 2015, depending on transaction before the start of the season on..." March 31
New York Times "When Jose Pirela, a 25-year-old Venezuelan utility player for the Yankees, sat on a dugout bench last Tuesday to speak with more than a dozen reporters about the concussion he sustained two days earlier from crashing into an outfield wall, he did not feel comfortable speaking in English to a..." March 31
MLB.com "The San Diego Padres today announced that they have acquired right-handed pitcher Cory Mazzoni and a player to be named later from the New York Mets in exchange for left-handed pitcher Alex Torres. Executive Vice President/General Manager A.J. Preller made the announcement. Mazzoni, 25, pitched..." March 30
#Padres LHP Cory Luebke, coming back from two TJ's in 21 months, will throw will first bullpen today. Last pitched in a game in April, 2012.
#Padres move three players to Minor League camp; INF/OF Jake Goebbert, INF Brett Wallace and C/1B Cody Decker. Now have 40 in camp.
Bud Black announces that James "Shieldsy" Shields will start Opening Day at Dodger Stadium.
MLB Trade Rumors "Veteran right-handed reliever Heath Bell, 37, has decided to retire, he tells MLB.com’s Corey Brock. Bell had been in camp with the Nationals on a minor league deal until his release yesterday. Though Bell says he felt good this spring and believed he could still contribute at the big league..." March 24
CBSSports.com "The Padres reassigned catcher Austin Hedges to minor-league camp Tuesday, the team announced. Considered a high-level prospect due to his excellent defense, Hedges went 2 for 13 with one walk this spring. " March 24
CBSSports.com "The Braves, who recently met with top Cuban free agent Hector Olivera, may up their original bid a tad but aren't expected to get close to the $50 million figure bandied about (nor certainly the $77 million mark rumored in one place) and may be counting on their attractiveness as a team with a..." March 16
Hardball Talk "The Padres received some unfortunate news on Friday, learning that back-up catcher Tim Federowicz suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee and will miss the next three to six months. The injury significantly boosted the chances that Wil Nieves, a non-roster invitee with the Padres, makes the..." March 15
The Score "Major League Baseball has approved a revised product for pitcher's head protection that it hopes will be user-friendly enough to trigger widespread use. The league introduced a padded cap for the first time last season, but San Diego Padres lefty Alex Torres was the only pitcher to use it in a..." March 14
San Diego Union-Tribune "For years, Justin Upton's timeline was one of advanced ascension: at 14, a teenage phenom ... at 17, the No. 1 overall pick ... at 19, a major leaguer ... at 21, a National League All-Star ... at 23, an MVP candidate. Then, in 2012, Upton played with, and was slowed by, a bruised thumb. The..." March 14
Yahoo! Sports "The San Diego Padres are positioning themselves as a favorite to land Cuban infielder Hector Olivera, showing a willingness to spend significant money after strong-but-failed attempts to sign Cubans Yasmany Tomas and Yoan Moncada earlier this offseason, sources told Yahoo Sports. The market for..." March 11
Justin Upton is going through on-field drills and batting practice today. Could be in the Padres' lineup Monday.
MLB Trade Rumors "A long new article by Baseball America’s Ben Badler assesses the current market for Cuban infielder Hector Olivera, who reportedly is expecting to land a contract of $70MM or more. Badler lists three teams that currently stand out as front-runners to sign Olivera, suggesting that other teams who..." March 08
CBSSports.com "Wil Myers went from ballyhooed prospect to Rookie of the Year to Rays discard in what seems like no time flat. If that seems strange to the rest of us, it was even stranger to him. “That was different,” Myers said in Padres camp where he is expected to play center field between sluggers Justin..." March 07
Justin Upton is out of today's lineup because he's under the weather, Bud Black said. Rymer Liriano will start in LF.
#Padres RHP Casey Kelly (groin strain) cleared for field work for some baseball activities. Still not ready to resume bullpens.
Bud Black announces that Jason Lane will start Wednesday's Cactus League opener. #PadresST
MLB.com "The Padres figure to use the remaining five or so weeks of Spring Training to decide who will be their fifth starter in their rotation, a competition manager Bud Black has described as wide open. That said, Black said Thursday that Brandon Morrow and Odrisamer Despaigne are "maybe out there a..." February 27
Hardball Talk "There has been increasing sentiment around baseball that something should be done about the use of smokeless tobacco by ballplayers. At one point Bud Selig claimed he’d propose a ban on it across all of baseball. While that hasn’t happened, the 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement did outlaw..." February 25
San Diego Union-Tribune "Padres right-hander Casey Kelly was held out of workouts for the second consecutive day because of a strained groin. "It's feeling a little better today," Kelly said Monday. Kelly, who threw his first official bullpen of the spring Friday, said the injury did not occur with one specific..." February 23
#Padres RHP Casey Kelly will be slowed a few days by a minor groin strain, says manager Bud Black.
CBSSports.com "The Yankees, Red Sox and Padres are perceived by some executives as the favorites to sign Cuban wunderkind infielder Yoan Moncada, with the Dodgers "lurking," and the Brewers and others possibly still in the picture as the well-watched derby heads toward a conclusion. Two executives agreed that..." February 22
CBSSports.com "While there's still no evidence James Shields received or rebuffed a rumored $110-million, five-year offer this winter, Shields did turn down an $80-million, four-year proposal from the Giants a few weeks before signing with the Padres for $75 million -- $5 million less than the Giants' bid --..." February 21
Casey Kelly will be stretched out as starter in #Padres major-league camp, according to Darren Balsley. Great news, 2 years off TJ surgery.
One down. Congratulations to Joshua Bell for signing with the @Padres today
Shields can opt out of his four-year, $75M deal with Padres after two years, according to a copy of his contract obtained by Fox Sports.
Fox Sports "Just got off the phone with Page Odle, the agent who negotiated free-agent right-hander James Shields' four-year, $75 million contract with the Padres. Odle first wanted to say this: "James Shields never received, nor did he reject, a five-year, $110 million offer by some sort of mystery..." February 12
Hardball Talk "Ken Rosenthal reports that the San Diego Padres made an “aggressive offer” to the Phillies for lefty Cole Hamels before pivoting to James Shields. That comes in the course of his column about Hamels and the Phillies. He doesn’t say exactly what the offer consisted of, but you have to assume it..." February 11
Source: #Padres paying Shields $10M in 2015, followed by $63M over next three seasons plus $2M buyout on 2019 option.
Fox Sports "So why did the Cubs pursue James Shields when such a move might have precluded them from signing an even better free-agent starting pitcher next offseason? The answer is simple: Length of contract. The Cubs offered Shields a three-year deal, a major-league source said — three years, $60..." February 10
MLB Blogs "Cuban prospect Yoan Moncada is reportedly working out for the Padres on Monday, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports. While Passan adds that San Diego “plans to be aggressive” in pursuing Moncada, a source tells MLB.com’s Corey Brock that the Padres might be done with their offseason..." February 10
SB Nation "The Padres have agreed to sign free agent right-hander James Shields to a four-year contract that includes a club option for a fifth season, according to major-league sources. The deal is currently pending a physical, and is likely to be announced early in the week. The signing of Shields caps..." February 10
SB Nation "The Padres just spent $75 million to sign James Shields. They're probably done, but let's ask if they should be. The Padres are better than they were before the weekend started. They're much better than they were before the offseason started. Last week, we asked "Should the Padres sign James..." February 09
The Padres are taking over the world: Sources say San Diego is working out Yoan Moncada today and plans to be aggressive in bidding for him.
CSN Philly "Slow down, A.J. Preller. The Padres' first-year GM on Monday morning continued his massive overhaul of a team that finished 77-85 last season by agreeing to a four-year deal with James Shields, according to SB Nation's Chris Cotillo. Shields was the top remaining pitcher in free agency and..." February 09
Hardball Talk "The Padres had had a busy winter already, but the signing of James Shields last night pushes it toward the ridiculous. If they get Cole Hamels, everyone in San Diego may plotz. Heck, they may plotz anyway after acquiring Matt Kemp, Derek Norris, Justin Upton, Wil Myers, Brandon Morrow Will..." February 09
Andrew Cashner: "I'd love to stay in San Diego and I've let the front office know that. But I think that's something that's up to them."
While the #Padres badly want James Shields, and are the favorites, they're being told several teams remain heavily involved in the bidding.
Update: Impasse now between Padres & Shields after flurry of talks over last several hours. Sources: Ball in Shields' court.
Sources: Talks between Padres, Shields have heated up & are gaining momentum. Shields likes idea of pitching in SD.
The #Padres, where James Shields makes his home, have to be considered favorites for his services. We will soon find out if they get him.
Padres still working hard to get a frontline SP. Worth noting: Ruben Amaro covets Andrew Cashner, and SD not on Cole Hamels' no-trade list.
#Padres name Mark Prior and Moises Alou to Minor League field staff today. Surely Bartman can't be far behind. Your move, Preller.
San Diego Union-Tribune "The Padres addressed a lack of everyday production in their lineup this offseason, importing, among other new faces, an entire outfield and a starting catcher. The spring position battles likely will focus on the backend of the rotation and a few spots around the infield, where the acquisitions..." February 02