An official with knowledge of Benoit contract talks believes SD is the front runner over Cleveland.
Indians and Padres both in on Joaquin Benoit at two years, $14M+. Padres source says their deal may include a third-year option as well.
Hardball Talk "Joe Torre and Sandy Alderson just announced that the MLB Rules Committee has voted to outlaw collisions at home plate. The decision is now subject to approval by the players. If the players do not approve the rule change it will not go into effect in 2014, but MLB would be able to unilaterally..." December 11
Hardball Talk "Houston picked up some pitching help, getting right-hander Anthony Bass from San Diego for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Bass had a 4.08 ERA in 187 innings for the Padres, making 18 starts and 57 relief appearances, but he’s gotten progressively worse following a very..." December 11
Hardball Talk "At a time when concussions have become the most significant injury on the minds of athletes, coaches, teams and — increasingly — the legal system, baseball will move today to consider abolishing home plate collisions. As Derrick Goold reported this morning, this past weekend, team trainers and..." December 11
Agreement in place between NPB-MLB on new posting system. Last hurdle is MLB exec council must approve, which is expected this week
MLB.com "Former managers Tony La Russa, Joe Torre and Bobby Cox have been elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame by a unanimous vote of the Expansion Era committee. La Russa, Torre and Cox rank third, fourth and fifth in managerial victories in Major League history, each winning more than 2,000..." December 09
Source: NPB clubs indicating they will accept maximum bid structure for posting system, now negotiating w/ MLB where that point would be.
Source: Luke Gregerson going to A's for Seth Smith. 1-for-1 deal.
MLBPlayers.com "The executive board of the Major League Baseball Players Association voted unanimously to appoint Tony Clark as the union's next executive director, pending a vote by the general membership, it was announced today during the MLBPA's annual executive board meeting. The general membership will vote..." December 04
Source: #Padres sign Tim Stauffer for one year, $1.6M, guaranteed, avoiding arbitration.
MLB.com "The free-agent pool got a boost on Monday, with former closers John Axford and Andrew Bailey among the biggest names cut loose ahead of the 11:59 p.m. ET non-tender deadline. Teams had until that time to offer -- or tender -- contracts to arbitration-eligible players. A non-tendered player..." December 03
The #Padres have signed INF Alberto Gonzalez to a Minor League deal with a ST invite. Mostly 2B/SS. Was with the team in 2011. Org depth.
CBSSports.com "A few weeks ago, talks between Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball about a new posting system hit a snag. MLB reportedly grew impatient and felt NPB's officials were dragging their feet seeking approval and finalizing the agreement. As a result, MLB amended their..." December 02
Hardball Talk "With an abundance of arms at the back end of the starting rotation, the Padres could make a deal to acquire a left-handed hitter and/or a left-handed reliever, suggests Bill Center of U-T San Diego. Center writes that Burch Smith, Robbie Erlin, or Eric Stults could be expendable. Smith and..." November 30
Deadspin.com "Recently, as you may recall, we announced our plan to subvert the annual elections for baseball's Hall of Fame by buying votes from voters. Our idea was to make a mockery and farce of the increasingly solemn and absurd election process, and to take some power from the duly appointed custodians of..." November 27
MLB.com "The induction ceremony for the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., next July 28 could have a real Atlanta Braves flavor to it. Former Braves pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, each a 300-game winner, head a ballot stacked with superstar newcomers that will be studied by..." November 26
MLB.com "In terms of offseason priorities, adding a starting pitcher probably wasn't at the top of the wish list that Padres' general manager Josh Byrnes and his staff compiled following the season. But when it became apparent that free agent Josh Johnson -- a two-time All-Star who led the National..." November 20
ESPN.com "Free-agent starter Josh Johnson has reached agreement on a one-year, guaranteed $8 million contract with the San Diego Padres, a baseball source told ESPN.com. The deal includes additional performance bonuses based on games started, the source said. Johnson was in San Diego for a physical exam..." November 20
MLB.com "There's an old joke that says all you need to have a long career in baseball is to pitch with your left hand and have a pulse. It's a big-league exaggeration, of course, but the best lefties in the business are right on the pulse of what makes playoff contenders successful. During this..." November 18
Sporting News "San Diego Padres third baseman Chase Headley has been the subject of trade rumors since the 2012 season. But this time San Diego may be serious about dealing the 29-year-old, whose contract is up after next season. Despite some talk about an extension, "there’s growing sentiment that Headley..." November 17
ESPN.com "Major League Baseball officials impeded a Florida Department of Health investigation of Biogenesis founder Tony Bosch by purchasing clinic documents they likely knew had been stolen and had been warned not to obtain, sources close to the investigation told "Outside the Lines." The Department of..." November 15
Reports: Japanese players' union approves new posting system. Players could be posted as early as Nov. 20.
USA Today "Major League Baseball took a big step toward full-scale instant replay reviews Thursday when the 30 club owners unanimously approved funding for an extensive video system that would allow managers to challenge almost every umpire's call except balls and strikes. "The clubs are very excited..." November 14
Owner: "Serious reservations" among clubs about posting process. Possible no agreement is reached, which means no Tanaka this off-season.
MLB.com "The Padres are hopeful that left-hander Cory Luebke and right-hander Joe Wieland will be strong enough to vie for spots in the starting rotation when Spring Training opens this coming February, general manager Josh Byrnes said on Tuesday during the second day of the General Managers..." November 12
ESPN.com "San Diego Padres outfielder Will Venable says the Chicago Cubs made a "great hire" in choosing former Padres bench coach Rick Renteria as their next manager. "He's a guy that knows the game as much as anyone I've been around," Venable said via phone Thursday. "He's got a fire in him that you..." November 07
CBSSports.com "The Cubs appear to be looking very closely at Padres bench coach Rick Renteria as they enter what's been described as the "final stages" of their search. Renteria looks like a strong favorite at the moment, though there's no word that anything's been decided or is official. Renteria is said..." November 05
MLB.com "The pens and reams of paper are out. Decisions are about to be made. The Hot Stove season is now in Major League overdrive. The end of the World Series on Wednesday night and the beginning of free agency a day later was only the beginning. After a relatively quiet weekend, Monday brings about..." November 04
Chicago Sun-Times "As the Cubs eye Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo for an interview in the next few days, don’t take your eye off Padres bench coach Rick Renteria. An exhaustive managerial search has narrowed the field of likely replacements for Dale Sveum to a select few in the final days before a decision is..." November 04
#Indians have made the following roster moves: re-sign DH Jason Giambi; release RHP Chris Perez; acquire LHP Colt Hynes from SD for cash.
MLB.com "The Orioles' historic defensive season, in which they committed a Major League record-low 54 errors, culminated with an impressive showing in Tuesday night's unveiling of the 2013 Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners. Third baseman Manny Machado, shortstop J.J. Hardy and center fielder Adam Jones..." October 30
Clayton Richard opted for free agency after being outrighted. #padres
CBSSports.com "During the broadcast of Game 4 of the World Series on Sunday night, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported on-air that MLB plans to review the obstruction rule over the winter in the wake of the dramatic ending to Game 3. As you know, Allen Craig was allowed to score the winning run on an..." October 29
Detroit Free Press "Candidates for the Tigers’ open managerial position keep coming in. CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman reported Sunday night that the team plans to interview Padres executive Brad Ausmus and Padres bench coach Rick Renteria. Ausmus, a former Tigers catcher, is expected to meet with the Tigers this..." October 28
SB Nation "MLB commissioner Bud Selig talked with reporters on Saturday about the possibility of changing the designated hitter rule, stating that he would "never say never" about the chance that the DH eventually makes an appearance in the NL, or disappears in the AL. Selig presented Carlos Beltran with..." October 28
SB Nation "Headley will be a free agent following 2014, but the Padres would be selling low at this point. Following end-of-the-year organizational meetings, the San Diego Padres are intent on keeping third baseman Chase Headley as he enters his final year under team control, reports Joel Sherman of the..." October 27
Chicago Sun-Times "If you want a trusted player-development guy there’s Rick Renteria. If you want a guy familiar with the traps of the market with a coaching pedigree from a model organization there’s Dave Martinez. If you want clarity to the Cubs’ managerial search forget it. As the Cubs await the..." October 24
Fansided "It’s pretty obvious the New York Yankees are going to be looking for a fill in third baseman or possibly a permanent replacement for Alex Rodriguez. Rodriguez is currently facing a possible full season suspension from baseball the Yankees need to find someone to come in and take his spot. I..." October 19
MLB.com "There was only one umpiring crew working Monday night when word of Wally Bell's death circulated which made the ensuing hours very difficult especially for six members of a very tight umpiring fraternity. Bell a veteran umpire with 21 years of Major League experience reportedly suffered a..." October 15
ESPN Chicago "With Joe Girardi now off the market San Diego Padres bench coach Rick Renteria likely will meet with the Chicago Cubs next week to discuss the team's open managerial position league sources confirmed. Girardi agreed to a four-year contract Wednesday to remain the Yankees' skipper. His contract..." October 10
CBSSports.com "The Cubs are preparing to contact the Padres about front-office executive and ex-Diamondbacks manager A.J. Hinch regarding their managerial job. Hinch is among the names on the Cubs' list of potential candidates to replace Dale Sveum who was fired Monday after two years managing the Cubs. Hinch..." October 02
Bud Black says Chase Headley had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee this morning "everything came out fine.
CBSSports.com "Commissioner Bud Selig appointed Rob Manfred as Major League Baseball's chief operating officer effective immediately the league announced. He will oversee MLB's day-to-day operations. The position had been vacant since Bob DuPuy resigned in September 2010. "The reorganization of our management..." September 30
CSN Bay Area "Only here at AT&T Park could a sellout crowd stand and go hoarse at the sight of a 60-82 pitcher taking the mound for a 76-86 team on the final day of the regular season. Barry Zito’s final bow was just one dramatic act on a day of high theater that will keep Giants fans counting the days till..." September 29
San Diego Union-Tribune "Chris Denorfia opened the game with a home run. Jesus Guzman and Jedd Gyorko each hit a two-run homer in four-run Padres innings. The Padres totaled 16 hits and Eric Stults picked up a third straight win in a 9-3 rout of the Giants at AT&T Park as the Padres matched last season’s win..." September 29
CSN Bay Area "The Giants would prefer to be playing for more than pride this weekend. They expected so much more than that. But at least they can rattle up to the pride recycling center and collect this: They will not join the 1998 Florida Marlins as the only defending World Series champions to finish in..." September 28