#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
Yahoo! Sports "There's a legion of baseball fans out there who've campaigned for years to get the San Diego Padres to bring back their brown uniforms. On Wednesday, their wish came true — sort of. The Padres announced that they'll wear their brown pinstriped uniforms from the late '80s for five games during..." January 29
ESPN.com "If not for his offseason problems, Everth Cabrera would likely have already been signed to a deal for 2015. There is still plenty of risk tied to the shortstop, making it unclear which teams, if any, are willing to roll the dice on the free agent. As Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune..." January 27
Hardball Talk "The Padres announced this afternoon that they signed infielder Ramiro Pena to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Pena played well in a small sample with the Braves in 2013 before undergoing season-ending surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder, but he..." January 26
everth cabrera could become a 2b consideration for jays. weeks seems to be further down their list.
Source: #Padres on periphery of Shields sweepstakes, unlikely to land him. Teams with heaviest interest still unclear.
yankees, jays, padres among half dozen teams considering johan santana, who's planning to start thursday for magallanes
Gaslamp Ball "Despite the distribution of some of the Padres' biggest prospects, San Diego has kept their farm's cream of the crop. This puts them in the most-likely-to-land-a-trade seat on the Phillies' play-hard-to-get dating show. According to ESPN's Jim Bowden, as of now the most likely competition or..." January 20
Hardball Talk "Utility man Alexi Amarista, who was arbitration eligible for the first time, has agreed to a two-year, $2.5 million contract with the Padres according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. MLB Trade Rumors had Amarista projected to make $1.5 million via arbitration for 2015, so the Padres are getting..." January 16
CBSSports.com "The 2016 All-Star Game -- and, of course, all the events that go along with it -- will be held in San Diego, Major League Baseball announced Thursday." January 15
San Diego Union-Tribune "The case of Everth Cabrera, the former Padres shortstop who has been charged with resisting arrest, has been continued until March, a San Diego County District Attorney spokesman said. Cabrera, who last month pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge, had been scheduled for a readiness hearing..." January 15
CBSSports.com "Fresh off a trio of bold impact moves to rework their entire outfield and the middle of their lineup, the aggressive Padres are still said to be alive for another potential blockbuster, this one involving Philly's ace lefthander Cole Hamels – although, others teams also are in the mix, and..." January 13
San Diego Union-Tribune "Sound the bells. It’s about time for Trevor Hoffman to make an appearance. On the Hall of Fame ballot. Tuesday's Hall of Fame election of Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio put the Class of 2015 in the books. And it puts Hoffman — as well as Ken Griffey Jr. — on..." January 08
Josh Johnson: $1M base, $6.25M incentives based on games started, beginning with 5. Maxes out at 33 GS. #padres