Writers love to write. No matter what, even when they haven't written in a long time they have to write eventually. And apparently they all decided to write this morning and last night on the Padres. I won't take up too much space up here because there are going to be a lot of links down there. All I will say though is it will be interesting to see what the Padres do as we close in on Christmas in the way of trades. Here are your links:
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Contracts explain difference between Padres trades - Bill Center (UT)
"Given the return in the Latos deal with the Cincinnati Reds, did the Padres get enough from the Boston Red Sox in the Gonzalez trade?"
Padres announce dates for FanFest and Annual Awards Dinner - Padres.com
"The San Diego Padres today announced Padres FanFest presented by Bloomberg will return to Petco Park on Saturday, February 11, 2012. The daylong event is free and open to the public."
Avenging Jack Murphy has part two of the Latos and Tri-Tip saga
"Mat Latos is like the tri-tip served at at a Santa Maria backyard barbeque. He was traded for three cows, about to go to slaughter, that will provide enough tri-tip to feed the paying customers at PETCO Park and the homeless denizens of the East Village. Eat-up, San Diego."
Padres future closer, Brad Boxberger or Cory Burns? - Chicken Friars
"In all, it looks like Boxberger is the more Major League ready closer. Burns certainly could step into that role, but based on the comparisons we’ve made, Boxberger seems to be the better fit."
Chicken Friars also asks if Roy Oswalt could be a fit for the Padres?
"Roy Oswalt, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, has told teams he would be interested in a one year deal. This of course has generated more interest in himself. It also begs the question, what teams may he fit with?"
Gaslamp Ball has an interesting idea with a jersey
"We'll go to the Padres garage sale at FanFest and buy a cheap, used Spring Training jersey from a player that we've never heard of. Then we'll take turns wearing the jersey for an entire week."
Friarhood is proud to announce their top prospect: Robert Erlin
"Erlin will be back in San Antonio but will be in line for a quick, mid-season promotion to San Diego where he will probably begin his MLB career in the ‘pen. A transition to full-time starter should happen by ’13."
Friarhood Radio aired last night as well
Steve Adler and Judson Richards talk about the trade and much more. It's really a great listen
Chris Sylvester of MLB Insider thinks if we get Garza we can contend (via twitter)