Padres Rumors & News

  • Pitcher/slugger Shohei Otani weighing MLB move for 2018

    ESPN "Japanese pitcher Shohei Otani says he could move to Major League Baseball after the 2017 season. The 22-year-old right-hander, who has also shown potential as a hitter, signed a $2.37 million contract for next season with the Nippon Ham Fighters on Monday. Otani will not become eligible for..." December 05

  • Under Armour to become MLB’s official uniform provider in 2020

    Hardball Talk "This is interesting. Majestic Athletic has been baseball’s official uniform provider for decades, with its relationship with Major League Baseball dating back to the early 80s when it started providing batting practice jerseys. But that’s going to end after three more season. As CNBC’s Jessica..." December 05

  • Bud Selig elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Bud Selig, who evolved from a young, avid fan to founding owner of the Milwaukee Brewers to consensus-building commissioner during a life devoted to baseball, reached the pinnacle of the game Sunday evening. Selig was elected for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., by..." December 04

  • Padres non-tender Tyson Ross, Alexi Amarista

    Mighty 1090 "In a surprising move, the San Diego Padres declined to offer arbitration to Starting Pitcher Tyson Ross today. Ross was the team’s Opening Day starter in 2016 but missed the entire season with injury after that game. Also headed for free agency today after being non-tendered by the Padres is..." December 03

  • Padres non-tender Tyson Ross, making him an intriguing free agent

    San Diego Union-Tribune "The Padres parted ways Friday with two players once thought to be potential cornerstones. One departure came as no surprise. The other rated closer to stunning, even if the door was left open for a return. Several hours after catcher Derek Norris was traded to the Washington Nationals for..." December 03

  • Nationals Acquire Derek Norris

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Nationals have dealt for catcher Derek Norris from the Padres, per a club announcement. Righty Pedro Avila will head to San Diego in return. It’s a homecoming of sorts for Norris, who was once a well-regarded prospect in the D.C. system before being shipped to Oakland in the deal that..." December 02

  • Why the new CBA will keep Japanese phenom Shohei Otani from coming to MLB

    CBS Sports "On Wednesday, Major League Baseball and the players union reached a verbal agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement. The new CBA -- which still has to be ratified by both sides -- will introduce some wrinkles to the international free-agent signing system. As it turns out, those..." December 01

  • MLB bans smokeless chewing tobacco for new players in new CBA

    CBS Sports "On Wednesday night, Major League Baseball and the players union reached a verbal agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement-- one that will cover the next five years. One of the most interesting aspects of the new CBA is the decision to ban chewing tobacco. Here are the details,..." December 01

  • All-Star Game will no longer determine home-field advantage in the World Series

    Hardball Talk "The Associated Press reported early Thursday morning that, as a part of the new collective bargaining agreement, home-field advantage in the World Series will no longer be determined by the All-Star Game. Home-field advantage will now be awarded to the pennant winner with the better regular season..." December 01

  • MLB, MLBPA Agree To New Collective Bargaining Agreement

    MLB Trade Rumors "The league and union have announced a “tentative five-year labor agreement,” noting that “the parties continue to draft” the final deal. 7:47pm: Major League Baseball and the MLB Player’s Association have reached agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement, according to Ken Rosenthal of..." December 01

  • No lockout vote scheduled yet for Wednesday as MLB's labor deal nears expiration

    ESPN "Even as the clock ticked down toward the midnight expiration of Major League Baseball's labor agreement and a potential work stoppage, MLB had yet to schedule a lockout vote by owners, sources told ESPN late Wednesday afternoon. While that was viewed by people around the sport as another..." November 30

  • MLB, union can’t afford to ruin 20-plus years of labor peace

    New York Post "Would Major League Baseball, in the wake of a highly successful season that culminated in a World Series for the ages, actually turn off its lights and shut its doors? Wednesday marks the first last chance to avoid such an unforeseen blow. The game’s collective bargaining agreement..." November 30

  • Cubs prepare for Dexter Fowler's departure, sign center fielder Jon Jay

    Chicago Tribune "With the looming likelihood free agent Dexter Fowler will land a lucrative contract elsewhere, the Cubs bought some protection for potential successor Albert Almora Jr. Tuesday night when they signed free-agent outfielder Jon Jay to a one-year contract. Jay, 31, is a lifetime .287 hitter in..." November 30

  • McGwire, Steinbrenner, Selig among Hall of Fame candidates for new Veterans Committee

    Hardball Talk "The Baseball Hall of Fame has revamped its Veterans Committee many times in the past several years. Mostly because its committee of veterans has had a bad habit of, you know, not electing anyone, and what’s the point of having one if no one ever makes it in? And yes, this is a bit of a problem...." November 30

  • Owners back off demand for international draft

    Hardball Talk "Ken Rosenthal reports a development from the Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations: the owners, he says, have backed off their demand for an international draft as a requirement for a new CBA. Rosenthal says that they did so out of a “desire to move talks forward.” As we’ve discussed on..." November 29

  • World Baseball Classic may end after 2017

    Larry Brown Sports "The plug may soon be pulled on the World Baseball Classic. Cristian Moreno of ESPN reported Monday that unless revenues improve for the 2017 edition of the WBC, there may not be any more in the future. The hope was that the WBC would serve as a global showcase for the sport, much like the..." November 29

  • With MLB lockout looming, Latin American players take stand vs. international draft

    CBS Sports "Baseball's current collective bargaining agreement is set to expire Thursday, and the owners have already mentioned the possibility of a lockout if the two sides do not agree to terms. Obviously neither MLB nor the MLBPA wants a work stoppage after 21 years of labor peace. There's too much money..." November 28

  • Sources: Baseball's 21-year run of labor peace could be in jeopardy

    Fox Sports "Baseball’s streak of 21 consecutive years of labor peace is in jeopardy. The owners will consider voting to lock out the players if the two sides cannot reach a new collective-bargaining agreement by the time the current deal expires on Dec. 1, according to sources with knowledge of the..." November 22

  • Padres reveal new uniforms and continue to disappoint us all

    CBS Sports "Earlier in the offseason, we brought you news that the Diamondbacks would be tweaking their uniforms in advance of the 2017 season. Arizona isn't going to be the only National League West team doing so. Rather, the Padres revealed on Tuesday that they too will have a different look when they..." November 22

  • MLB is considering major changes to roster sizes

    Fox Sports "A 26-man roster? It could be coming soon to a ballpark near you. The players and owners are discussing the expansion of rosters from 25 players to 26 in exchange for September roster limits, according to sources familiar with the collective-bargaining negotiations. Under the current rules,..." November 17

  • Six All-Star hitters who could get traded this offseason

    Sporting News "The crop of elite free agents was pretty impressive last offseason. David Price and Zack Greinke both signed deals that topped $200 million. Chris Davis, Jason Heyward, Justin Upton and Johnny Cueto topped $130 million and seven other guys got deals worth at least $70 million. Lots of money..." November 15

  • Colin Rea undergoes Tommy John surgery

    San Diego Union-Tribune "Colin Rea will miss the 2017 season after all. The Padres’ 26-year-old right-hander felt discomfort while throwing earlier this week and underwent Tommy John ligament-replacement surgery Thursday in Pensacola, Fla., General Manager A.J. Preller said. Dr. James Andrews performed the procedure..." November 12

  • Padres’ Yangervis Solarte Drawing Trade Interest

    East Village Times "The San Diego Padres have recently been in discussions with a couple of teams regarding third baseman Yangervis Solarte. Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports reports that, indeed, the Padres have fielded early calls on the switch-hitter from Venezuela. Yangervis Solarte has been one of the most..." November 10

  • Meet baseball’s next big thing: a ‘Babe Ruth’ pitcher/slugger who may get $300M

    New York Post "Shohei Otani is what this current free-agent market lacks. He is a young, talented starter — already perceived as one of the best pitchers in the world — with the fringe benefit that he actually might be a superb hitter, as well. But Otani is not expected to come to the American majors until..." November 10

  • Padres To Open Extension Talks With Wil Myers

    MLB Trade Rumors "Padres general manager A.J. Preller said today that he plans to sit down with first baseman Wil Myers’ agent this week to begin exploring a contract extension, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports (via Twitter). Myers, a CAA Sports client, managed to stay healthy for a full season..." November 09

  • MLB commissioner talks Trump, pace of play, CBA, international draft and more

    CBS Sports "The GM meetings are ongoing in Arizona, and the first significant hootenanny of the offseason provided MLB commissioner Rob Manfred with the chance to address several issues facing the sport. Here's a sampling of what Manfred had to say on Wednesday regarding those various and sundry matters..." November 09

  • Young Padres searching for veteran fits

    San Diego Union-Tribune "The Padres’ youth, newly evident during the second half of September, could be their defining trait next April. Six players, all 31 or older, entered free agency this week. On the current roster, only Brett Wallace is past his 20s, and the reserve infielder is a non-tender candidate after..." November 09

  • 2016-17 Top 50 MLB Free Agents With Predictions

    MLB Trade Rumors "MLB Trade Rumors is proud to present our eleventh annual Top 50 Free Agents list! The entire list of available free agents can be found here, and you can filter by position, signing team, and qualifying offer status with our new and improved, mobile-friendly free agent tracker here. New to..." November 08

  • Ken Rosenthal’s Top 10 MLB offseason trade targets

    Fox Sports "The silver lining to the weak free-agent market, at least from a fan’s perspective, is the likelihood that teams will respond by making a large number of trades. What other alternative is there, really? The free-agent market is deep in relievers and right-handed hitters, but that’s about it...." November 07

  • Hot-stove survey: MLB execs answer questions on Sale, Braun and others

    ESPN "Major League Baseball's general managers have wasted little time getting to work since Kris Bryant threw out Michael Martinez for the final out of the World Series. The street sweepers have barely cleaned up from the Chicago Cubs' victory parade, and outfielder Cameron Maybin Starting Monday,..." November 07

  • Hoyer admits 'mistake' trading Kluber to Cleveland in '10

    Chicago Sun-Times "It almost worked. But Jed Hoyer’s Padres just missed the playoffs in 2010. And six years later, the questions still linger over the process that went into Hoyer’s decision that year as the Padres general manager to trade pitching prospect Corey Kluber in a three-team deal at the..." October 29

  • Padres Outright Jemile Weeks, Jake Smith, Jose Dominguez

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Padres have announced that three players were outrighted off the club’s 40-man roster. Infielder Jemile Weeks and righties Jake Smith and Jose Dominguez all lost their spots. Weeks, a 29-year-old switch hitter, managed only seven hits and three walks in 57 plate appearances on the year for..." October 27

  • Padres’ Christian Bethancourt hits 97 mph on radar gun

    Today's Knuckleball "MLB.com reported earlier this month that the San Diego Padres are considering making catcher Christian Bethancourt into a part-time pitcher. Bethancourt is reportedly set to pitch in the Panama Winter League during the offseason. Although he would still catch and play in the outfield, the team..." October 27

  • Unpredictable Pete Rose is the Charles Barkley of Fox Sports

    Sporting News "Fox Sports has found its own Charles Barkley. He's Pete Rose, baseball's all-time hits leader, who's found a second act as TV analyst for FS1's "MLB on Fox" pregame/postgame show. Like Barkley, the 75-year old Rose is direct, unpredictable and wildly entertaining as he analyzes the 2016..." October 27

  • Ken Griffey Jr. to be on the cover of MLB The Show 17

    Sportsnet "Josh Donaldson will be passing the mantle of MLB The Show cover athlete to one of the greatest players of all time. The creators of the video game announced on Twitter Thursday that the Kid, Ken Griffey Jr., will be on the cover for next season’s game. The Seattle Mariners and Cincinnati..." October 27

  • MLB cancels its Dominican showcase after players protest an international draft

    Hardball Talk "Ben Badler of Baseball America Reports that Major League Baseball has cancelled its Dominican national showcase, which was scheduled for today and tomorrow. Why? Because, Badler reports, trainers and players in the Dominican Republic planned to skip the showcase in protest over Major League..." October 26

  • Cosart has bone spurs removed from elbow

    MLB.com "Jarred Cosart underwent successful surgery to clean up his right elbow, and the Padres remain hopeful that the 26-year-old right-hander will be fully recovered by the start of Spring Training. Cosart had a bone spur in his pitching elbow, which forced him to miss the final two starts of the..." October 22

  • Padres GM A.J. Preller’s suspension ends

    San Diego Union-Tribune "A.J. Preller returned Wednesday from an unprecedented suspension, venturing into an altered and uncertain landscape. A month ago, Major League Baseball banned the Padres general manager for 30 days after determining he had withheld medical information in the July trade of left-hander Drew..." October 20

  • Steve Garvey: Donald Trump considered buying San Diego Padres

    USA Today "As Donald Trump battled to keep the USFL viable, the Republican presidential candidate also eyed ownership of a Major League Baseball team. The San Diego Padres were up for sale in 1986 and one of the franchise’s potential suitors was Trump, who apparently wanted to move the team east. “I..." October 19

  • 2017 free agency qualifying offer to be worth $17.2 million

    Today's Knuckleball "Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball and FanRag Sports has reported that the qualifying offer for free agents this upcoming offseason will be $17.2 million. Teams with impending free agents must make a qualifying offer to those players in order to get draft pick compensation should they sign with..." October 13

  • No firm answer for rise in home runs

    Today's Knuckleball "One of the biggest surprises of this season has been the return of the home run. Testing for performance-enhancing drugs, a more consistent calling of the strike zone and better pitching — particularly the preponderance of hard-throwing relievers — were supposed to mean the end of the..." October 13

  • Tyson Ross to undergo surgery to fix thoracic outlet syndrome

    San Diego Union-Tribune "On Tuesday, Tyson Ross sat in the stands at Dodger Stadium and watched Washington Nationals right-hander Joe Ross pitch in the postseason. On Thursday, Tyson Ross will be on the operating table. The hope is, both brothers will take the mound next April. After starting opening day and then..." October 13

  • Padres fire president and CEO Mike Dee

    Hardball Talk "This was unexpected: Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the San Diego Padres have fired team president and CEO Mike Dee. The club did not give a specific reason for his firing and Dee has declined comment. The club’s managing partner, Peter Seidler, issued a statement with..." October 12

  • TBS to add pitch count to broadcast graphic for rest of postseason

    Today's Knuckleball "TBS broadcasts have frustrated viewers thus far into the 2016 postseason with a score graphic that does not show the number of pitches thrown by a pitcher. The simplified graphic is stripped of extra information beyond score, inning, base-out state and count. According to Richard Deitsch of..." October 09

  • Erik Johnson Undergoes Tommy John Surgery

    MLB Trade Rumors "Padres right-hander Erik Johnson underwent Tommy John surgery today, reports Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune (Twitter link). The 26-year-old was acquired by San Diego alongside Fernando Tatis Jr. in the trade that sent James Shields to the White Sox. He’ll miss the entire 2017 season as..." October 07

  • Joe Buck reveals that hair plug addiction nearly cost him his career

    SI "Fox Sports announcer Joe Buck feared for his broadcasting career five years ago when he suffered a paralyzed left vocal chord. The ailment struck him a few weeks before the start of the 2011 baseball season, and it wasn’t until October of that year that he truly felt his voice was back. At the..." October 06

  • Baseball players are getting fat like us

    USA Today "Americans tuning in to the baseball playoffs might notice an unfortunate trend: Like much of the country, baseball players are increasingly overweight or even obese. Being classified as normal weight is now the exception rather than the rule in the U.S. The collective expansion of our..." October 06

  • Rob Manfred again deflects questions pertaining to paying minor leaguers a livable wage

    Hardball Talk "Though it’s an issue that has been on the back burner for a few months, earlier this year, the topic of minor league salaries was a huge issue. Near the end of June, Congressman Brett Guthrie (R-KY) and Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-IL) proposed H.R. 5580, or the “Save America’s Pastime Act,” in..." October 05

  • Final 2017 MLB Draft order set: The Twins are on the clock and here's what to know

    CBS Sports "At 59-103, the Minnesota Twins not only had the worst record in baseball in 2016, they also had the worst record since the Washington Senators franchise relocated to Minnesota and became the Twins in 1961. The 1982 team, which went 60-102, previously had the worst record in team history. If..." October 03

  • Diamondbacks start fast, finish with 9-5 victory

    The Sports Xchange "PHOENIX -- Arizona right-hander Archie Bradley began his career by beating Clayton Kershaw last year. He finished his second season with his most efficient performance. Bradley stuck out a career-high 11 and did not walk a batter, Yasmany Tomas homered and Jean Segura had two hits in the..." October 02

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