Padres Rumors & News

  • Trade worked out for Anthony Rizzo, Andrew Cashner

    Chicago Sun-Times "Right-hander Andrew Cashner was a first-round pick like Kris Bryant, but he never experienced anywhere near the level of hype. “That’s a lot of pressure to put on a young kid,” Cashner said. “This is the major leagues, and it’s a tough place to play. It’s a lot of pressure to put on just one..." April 19

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    Corey Brock @FollowThePadres

    Quad strain for Upton, day to day.

  • Starlin Castro hits walk-off winner for Cubs; Kris Bryant collects first hit against Padres

    Chicago Sun-Times "Starlin Castro says the 2015 Cubs don’t give games away like previous North Side squads. They don’t give away outs and they “fight all night.” Castro made those comments before hitting a walk-off single Saturday to beat the Padres, 7-6, in 11 innings at Wrigley Field. Maybe he was onto..." April 19

  • Padres come back twice to beat Cubs

    San Diego Union-Tribune "Eleven games in, the Padres appear to be forging an identity. They've fallen behind. They've trailed. But they are no longer an automatic out. With one swing of the bat, Will Middlebrooks tied Friday's game at Wrigley Field. With one swing of the bat, Wil Myers gave the Padres the..." April 18

  • Ian Kennedy on Track for April 25 Return

    San Diego Union-Tribune "Friday morning, Ian Kennedy took another step toward returning from his left hamstring strain, throwing a bullpen session at Wrigley Field. Sunday, the Padres right-hander will fly to Arizona, where he will start an extended spring training game Monday. Five days after that, he is eligible to come..." April 17

  • Upton blasts Padres past Diamondbacks

    San Diego Union-Tribune "As A.J. Preller laid out his itinerary over the fall, getting a set of eyes on Yasmany Tomas topped his offseason to-do list. Of course, the route that the Padres’ rookie general manager ultimately took on his rebuilding plan doesn’t exactly qualify as a consolation prize. No, not in the..." April 16

  • Despaigne confounds D-backs

    San Diego Union-Tribune "In the bottom of the second inning, the television cut to the home dugout at Petco Park. Odrisamer Despaigne, employing a bat wiggle vaguely resembling Gary Sheffield in slow motion, had just flailed at the third pitch he saw, a curveball in the dirt. He'd walked back to the bench, where fellow..." April 15

  • Ender Inciarte's big night leads the Arizona Diamondbacks to road win over San Diego Padres

    Arizona Republic "Behind a big night from OF Ender Inciarte, the Diamondbacks beat the Padres 8-4 in Monday night's game at Petco Park. Inciarte had two doubles, a triple, four RBIs and two runs scored. He was in the middle of run-scoring rallies in three different innings. The Diamondbacks took advantage of..." April 14

  • Baseball’s new metal detectors won’t keep you safe. They’ll just make you miss a few innings.

    Washington Post "Fans attending Major League Baseball games are being greeted in a new way this year: with metal detectors at the ballparks. Touted as a counterterrorism measure, they’re nothing of the sort. They’re pure security theater: They look good without doing anything to make us safer. We’re stuck with..." April 14

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    Corey Brock @FollowThePadres

    Another good bullpen session for #Padres RHP Josh Johnson. Throwing all his pitches, will be in Minor League games next month. #Padres

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    Corey Brock @FollowThePadres

    #Padres RHP Ian Kennedy (left hamstring strain) doing well. Is 2-3 days from bullpen. Will likely need MiLB rehab stint, said Bud Black.

  • Nieves' heroics key Padres' victory

    San Diego Union-Tribune "For all the places that Wil Nieves’ career has taken him – from Puerto Rico to San Diego and on to New York and Arizona and so many minor league stops in between his return to Southern California – the 37-year-old journeyman still comes across firsts every now and then. Sunday’s matinee offered..." April 13

  • Padres bury Giants with 20 hits

    San Diego Union-Tribune "Will Middlebrooks swung at the first pitch he saw and drilled a third-inning single to center, over the head of Madison Bumgarner. Justin Upton scored from third. Derek Norris went from second to third. Middlebrooks made an aggressive turn. He executed a textbook pop-up slide. Safe at second, he..." April 12

  • Padres break scoreless streak in 1-0 win over Giants

    San Diego Union-Tribune "Opening-week crowds and new, league-wide security measures have so far contributed to a number of late arrivals at Petco Park. Friday, there were swaths of empty seats around the stadium when Brandon Morrow fired his first pitch at 7:11 p.m. The venue eventually filled, bustling with fans..." April 11

  • Ian Kennedy placed on 15-day DL with left hamstring strain "The San Diego Padres have placed right-hander Ian Kennedy on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring. Kennedy left Thursday's home opener in the third inning. Also Friday, the Padres selected the contract of left-handed reliever Chris Rearick from Triple-A El Paso and..." April 11

  • Former MLB player Milton Bradley once texted his wife’s father video of the couple having sex

    Larry Brown Sports "Former MLB outfielder Milton Bradley is a twisted individual. We have seen him blow up on fans, umpires and managers and heard disturbing stories about his history of domestic abuse with the late Monique Bradley, but apparently most people don’t know the half of it. A lengthy Sports Illustrated..." April 11

  • MLB, union prohibit players from daily fantasy games "Major League Baseball and the players' association have agreed to a deal that forbids players from playing in daily fantasy baseball games that involve a prize, but still allows them to endorse these companies. Earlier this week, at the IMG World Congress in California, commissioner Rob Manfred..." April 11

  • Giants squeak by Padres in extras

    CSN Bay Area "Buckle up. The previously tame Giants-Padres rivalry looks like it’s taking the leap. The first game of the season between the reigning champs and the champs of the offseason was a fiery, tense affair, won 1-0 by the Giants when newcomer Justin Maxwell drove in the game’s first and only run in..." April 10

  • Finding the trade fit between Phillies and Padres

    CSN Philly "Just before first pitch between the Phillies and Red Sox Wednesday night, Phils GM Ruben Amaro Jr. went on WIP with Jim Jackson for his first weekly segment of the regular season geared toward fan interaction. One comment made by Amaro stuck out — his disclosure that he has “fielded plenty of..." April 10

  • Preller's binge costly for Padres system

    San Diego Union-Tribune "Ian Kennedy had heard enough. This spring, the Padres’ veteran right-hander decided early on, was time for an official introduction to Austin Hedges. And not just a conversation. A meet-and-greet between a pitcher and a catcher goes way beyond that. “I was joking with him that,” Kennedy..." April 10

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    Jon Morosi @jonmorosi

    Ian Kennedy (hamstring) likely headed to DL for #Padres.

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    Corey Brock @FollowThePadres

    Ian Kennedy is coming out of the game with an undisclosed injury. Odrisamer Despaigne coming in. #Padres

  • Gonzalez goes deep thrice to beat Padres

    True Blue L.A. "Adrian Gonzalez pushed his hot streak into overdrive on Wednesday night, hitting a career-high three home runs to lead the Dodgers over the Padres, 7-4 at Dodger Stadium, capturing a sixth straight home series win for the Dodgers over the Padres. Gonzalez had the 19th game by a Dodger with at..." April 09

  • MLB Has Started Issuing Warnings To Those Violating Pace-Of-Play Rules "This offseason, MLB instituted a handful of new rules aimed at speeding up games. Less than a week into the season, the league seems to be making an effort to stay on top of the enforcement of these new rules. The new rules require batters to keep at least one foot in the batter’s box..." April 09

  • Padres right-hander Ian Kennedy exits season debut with hamstring strain

    Hardball Talk "The Padres announced that Kennedy exited the game with a left hamstring strain. This is an injury which could require a DL stint, but at least it’s not his arm. 7:25 p.m. ET: Concerning news here for the Padres… According to Corey Brock of, right-hander Ian Kennedy left his season..." April 09

  • Padres charge past Dodgers for first win

    San Diego Union-Tribune "Tuesday showed why the National League West is as intriguing as ever, two teams going back and forth, encapsulating what could be a season-long theme. The Padres prevailed, 7-3, shrugging off their opening-day loss at Dodger Stadium. After a 30-minute rain delay, after both starting pitchers..." April 08

  • Jimmy Rollins' three-run homer in eighth lifts Dodgers over Padres 6-3

    Los Angeles Times "Newcomer Jimmy Rollins broke a 3-3 stalemate by blasting an eighth-inning offering by Shawn Kelley into the seats by the right-field foul pole for a three-run home run. This marked the fourth time Rollins has homered on opening day. Rollins, who spent his previous 15 seasons with the Philadelphia..." April 07

  • Padres Looking For Shortstop Upgrade

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Padres are “scouring the shortstop market,” sources from other teams tell Bob Nightengale of USA Today (Twitter link). San Diego has been incredibly busy on the trade market under new GM A.J. Preller, and apparently is not stopping with the season underway. The Padres currently feature a..." April 07

  • Cubs lead way as MLB sets spring training attendance records

    Sporting News "More than 4 million people attended MLB spring training games this year, the league announced Tuesday. The attendance total of 4,034,708 over 481 games breaks down to an average 8,388 per game. The total and average are new records for MLB; the previous marks were an 8,078 average last year and..." April 07

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    Corey Brock @FollowThePadres

    #Padres RP Dale Thayer was down today due to stomach flu.

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    SD SportingNews @SD_SportingNews

    RT @dennistlin: The #Padres Opening-Day lineup: Myers CF Norris C Kemp RF Upton LF Middlebrooks 3B Gyorko 2B Alonso 1B Barmes SS Shields P

  • End of Cuban embargo may bring flood of MLB talent

    Yahoo Politics "One of the top sluggers in Cuban baseball says it is his “dream” to come to the United States and play in the major leagues for his favorite team, the New York Yankees. But Yulieski Gourriel, star third basemen for the powerhouse Havana Industriales and for years a highly regarded prospect by..." April 06

  • Padres acquire Craig Kimbrel, Melvin Upton from Braves

    CBS Sports Fantasy News "The Padres and Braves have an agreement in place for a trade that would send closer Craig Kimbrel and outfielder Melvin Upton to San Diego for Cameron Maybin, Carlos Quentin, Matt Wisler, Jordan Paroubeck and the No. 41 overall pick in next year's draft, according to multiple reports...." April 06

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Available players in final days of spring include #DBacks’ Hill, #Phillies’ Revere, #Padres’ Maybin. Difficult to move $$ this time of year.

  • Shields 'ready to rock and roll'

    San Diego Union-Tribune "The Padres played Wednesday at Camelback Ranch-Glendale, the spring home of both the Dodgers and the White Sox. This particular game was against the latter team, attended by fewer than 3,000 fans, a drop compared to the sea that will surround James Shields only days from now. Monday, the..." April 02

  • Jose Valverde opts out of deal, released by Padres

    Hardball Talk "Just a couple weeks ago there were actual stories written by mainstream outlets suggesting Jose Valverde was turning heads in Padres camp, which is the sort of thing that makes paying attention to spring training seem silly." April 02

  • Padres make five cuts; 34 left in camp

    San Diego Union-Tribune "Mere hours before they'll depart for San Diego, the Padres on Wednesday trimmed their numbers in major league camp from 39 to 34. First baseman/left fielder Tommy Medica and outfielder Abraham Almonte were optioned to Triple-A El Paso. Left-hander Jason Lane, right-hander Marcos Mateo and..." April 01

  • MLB average salary to top $4 million "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..." April 01

  • Major League players’ meal per diem to be $100.50 in 2015

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday we learned what the annual salary was in Major League Baseball. Now we know what the meal money situation is. I’m curious why the 50 cents is on there. Or what leads to the decision to raise it $1.50 from last year. I’m sure there are some accountants at MLB who have this all down..." April 01

  • Baseball Working to Help Spanish-Speaking Players Express Themselves

    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

  • Padres acquire RHP Cory Mazzoni from the New York Mets in exchange for LHP Alex Torres "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

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    Corey Brock @FollowThePadres

    #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.

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    Corey Brock @FollowThePadres

    #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.

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    Dennis Lin @dennistlin

    Bud Black announces that James "Shieldsy" Shields will start Opening Day at Dodger Stadium.

  • Heath Bell To Retire

    MLB Trade Rumors "Veteran right-handed reliever Heath Bell, 37, has decided to retire, he tells’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

  • Padres reassign C Austin Hedges to minor-league camp "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

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    Joel Sherman @Joelsherman1

    Strong sense Olivera is NL West fight between #Dodgers #Padres. Likely finalized by Wed. Likely 5- or 6-yr deal.

  • Braves may up Hector Olivera bid, but won't hit $50M; LA, SD are threats "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

  • Wil Nieves says he is in "the best shape of my career"

    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

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    Barry M. Bloom @Boomskie

    Bad news from @Padres on Federowicz. Complete meniscus tear. Out three to six months. Story to come on