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Sports car crash kills nephew of ex-Padres owner

SAN DIEGO (AP) The nephew of the former owner of the San Diego Padres baseball team has died following a fiery sports car crash on Christmas Eve. The Union-Tribune (http://bit.ly/1rtms5r ) reports that 21-year-old Barry Alexander Moores was driving a rare Ariel Atom sports car when he lost control of the vehicle on a curve and collided head-on with an SUV shortly after 2 p.m. Wednesday...
Via AP on Fox
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

FG on Fox: The Padres’ Other Defensive Sacrifice

Let’s bring you up to speed, in case this has somehow eluded you: the Padres recently acquired Justin Upton, Matt Kemp, and Wil Myers. They also did more than that, too, but, as things stand, those guys project to be the Padres’ three starting outfielders, Kemp’s hip arthritis and all. (Matt Kemp reportedly has hip […]
Via Fangraphs
2 days ago  |  Discuss

The 2014-15 Padres Offseason (So Far): Is This Real Life?

Why is this happening? Is this gonna be forever? After being snubbed by both Pablo Sandoval (BOS) and Yasmany Tomas (ARI) the Padres offseason looked to be just more of the same — overpromising and under-delivering — by the time the Winter Meetings started. It was even reported that the new GM A.J. Preller’s laptop was broken right before the meetings started.  Out came...
Via Padres Public
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Padres and Pints: Episode 19 at the 2014 MLB Winter Meetings

Padres and Pints, the video series, RETURNS WITH A VENGEANCE! The 19th episode takes you to the 2014 MLB Winter Meetings where we chat with Eno Sarris of FanGraphs (+BeerGraphs & the finest hair in the biz), Jonah Keri of Grantland (+Author de jour  & our 2nd Canadian!) and Chris Long Statistician Extraordinaire for a mystery MLB team (+formerly of the Padres). We return...
Via Padres Public
5 days ago  |  Discuss

A. J. Preller's fantasy baseball team of 2015

The San Diego Padres – namely general manager A.J. Preller - have spent the past couple weeks overhauling their anemic lineup by dipping into their farm system.  However, even with the addition of names and right-handed bats like Kemp, Upton and Myers, fantasy owners should remember that the Padres can sell the farm, but still own the common denominator of offensive inefficiency...
Via Fox Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Are the Padres a serious contender or merely watchable?

The San Diego Padres have taken Major League Baseball by storm in the past couple of weeks, with a flurry of moves that have them as the talk of the baseball world for the first time in quite a while. If their hope was to remove the label as the Cleveland Browns of baseball, due to their overwhelming irrelevance in recent years, then it would appear that they have definitely...
Via The Outside Corner
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Making Sense of the Madness

If there’s one thing that’s clear after the latest flurry of Padres moves, it’s that my dream scenario of Nori Aoki patrolling right field in 2015 isn’t going to happen. The consolation prize — a likely outfield of Matt Kemp, Wil Myers, and Justin Upton — is probably one we can live with. We’ve already covered the Kemp and Myers trades (here and here), so, before...
Via Padres Public
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Padres re-sign pitcher Josh Johnson

The Padres have re-signed pitcher Josh Johnson on a one-yer deal worth $1 million. Johnson spent the 2014 season signed with the Padres but never pitched. The Padres are not about to give up there though and have re-signed Johnson to a one-year deal for the 2015 season. (Sound a lot like Mark Prior?) There are incentives in Johnson’s deal that could push it north of $7 million...
Via Tireball.com
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Cole Hamels rumored to be Padres’ next trade target, which makes sense

The San Diego Padres have been so active in the trade market during the past couple of weeks that it’s difficult to imagine general manager A.J. Preller not doing anything this week. The Padres began as a curious outside possibility for free agents like Pablo Sandoval and Yasmany Tomas, only to become a dominant force for any player attainable during early December’s winter meetings...
Via The Outside Corner
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Padres Have Interest In Cole Hamels; Could They Flip Wil Myers?

The San Diego Padres’ wild offseason might not be done. The Padres have loaded up on bats this hot stove season, and now they could be looking to add an ace pitcher. The Padres have spoken with the Philadelphia Phillies about a possible trade for Cole Hamels, according to multiple reports. Philly.com cited a baseball source saying the Padres have had...
Via NESN.com
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Fantasy Baseball: Evaluating San Diego’s crowded outfield

With a flurry of moves this offseason, the San Diego Padres have brought in two former MVP candidates and one of baseball’s most talented young players. While that may sound like a good move, the club has not moved any of their other outfielders from 2014, meaning that they have six outfielders who will be vying for playing time next year. That is not good news for fantasy baseball...
Via isportsweb.com
7 days ago  |  Discuss

J. Upton, Northcraft traded to Friars for 4 prospects

In a much anticipated move, the Braves traded away slugger Justin Upton for a package of prospects. Friday the front office completed a 6-player trade with the San Diego Padres. Joining Upton in the trade to San Diego is Aaron Northcraft, minor league RHP prospect. In return from the Padres, the Braves receive much-touted prospect Max Fried (LHP), Jace Peterson (INF), Dustin Peterson...
Via BravesWire
8 days ago  |  Discuss

After Busy Offseason, What Is Next For The San Diego Padres?

After a flurry of moves over the past week, San Diego Padres new General Manager A.J. Preller has captured the national headlines through a series of trades. In two consecutive days, the Padres acquired Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp as well as Wil Myers, the 2014 American League Rookie of the Year. On Friday afternoon, reports have indicated the Padres have also swapped...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
8 days ago  |  Discuss

A.J. Preller has completely remade the San Diego Padres in two weeks

Wow. That was a crazy last two days. The San Diego Padres have gone from offensively-challenged perennial doormat to what looks like a dark horse World Series contender. And it’s all thanks to the tireless effort and dogged determination of new general manager A.J. Preller. Preller took over the team in August and bided his time getting to know the organization inside and out...
Via Rumors and Rants
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Max Fried, Jace Peterson, Mallex Smith sent by Padres to Braves in Justin Upton trade

A.J. Preller is a man on a mission and has turned the San Diego Padres into a completely different team in a very short amount of time on the job. The first-year GM has acquired Matt Kemp, Wil Myers and Derek Norris among others. On Friday, he reportedly acquired Justin Upton from the Braves for...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss

San Diego Padres Add Upton

Over the course of the past couple of days, the San Diego Padres have completely revamped their outfield to include three all-star calibre players. In addition to previous deals that have brought in Wil Myers from the Tampa Bay Rays, and Matt Kemp from the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Padres have now pulled the trigger to acquire slugger Justin Upton from the Atlanta Braves. Upton now...
Via The Sideline
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Foreshadowing the Padres Spending Spree

For the first time since perhaps lovable Tony Gwynn Sr. was swattin’ singles around the yard, the San Diego Padres have commanded the full attentions of the baseball world. The architect of these numerous wheelings and dealings, first-year General Manager A.J. Preller, would be hard for even dedicated fans to pick out of a crowd […]
Via Fangraphs
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Atlanta Braves deal Justin Upton to San Diego

The Atlanta Braves finally pulled the trigger on a deal that appeared to be in the makings for the better part of the offseason, sending outfielder Justin Upton as well as a player to be named later to the San Diego Padres for pitcher Max Fried, shortstop Jace Peterson, third baseman Dustin Peterson, and outfielder Mallex Smith. While the Padres are preparing to fight in the tough...
Via isportsweb.com
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #174: Andrew Cashner | SP | SD

If there was ever a pitcher heading into 2014 who has become synonymous with the phrase “injury prone” Cashner was it, and he didn’t do a whole heck of lot to reverse that label. Once again, Cashner failed to hold up for a full season. While there is no mistaking his breakable body, what makes Cashner difficult to value, however, is how good he is when healthy. Over the last...
Via Baseball Professor
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Padres reportedly acquire Justin Upton

Well, this is fascinating. A day after finalizing the Matt Kemp trade, and on the day the Wil Myers trade is expected to be announced, the Padres have reportedly agreed to acquire Justin Upton as well. I think it’s safe to say that A.J. Preller puts a high value on right-handed power hitting outfielders. As […]
Via Fangraphs
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers not happy with Padres GM over Matt Kemp trade

The Dodgers are not happy with San Diego Padres GM A.J. Preller over the way the Matt Kemp trade unfolded. The Dodgers and Padres agreed to a trade with Kemp as the centerpiece exactly one week ago. Despite the agreement, the trade was not officially completed until late Thursday because of supposed concerns regarding Kemp’s...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Jesse Hahn, RJ Alvarez go to A’s in Derek Norris trade

The Oakland A’s are clearly in rebuilding mode, but at least Billy Beane is getting some really nice players in return for his trades. The A’s on Thursday agreed to trade catcher Derek Norris to the San Diego Padres for pitchers Jesse Hahn and R.J. Alvarez. The Padres are also receiving Seth Streich. Norris was...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss

In Matt Kemp, did the Dodgers find a pigeon in Padres?

The Dodgers/Padres deal for Matt Kemp made big headlines, but is the fact it is quickly falling apart after the fact a blessing for San Diego? The post In Matt Kemp, Did The Dodgers Find A Pigeon In Padres? appeared first on The Sports Fan Journal.
Via The Sports Fan Journal
10 days ago  |  Discuss

San Diego Padres Fan Honors Tony Gwynn

Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn passed away this past June. And while Major League Baseball didn’t feel it was necessary to honor the San Diego Padres legend…one fan of the Friars did. With a holiday light display. @UTKevinAcee @BenHigginsSD @sdutCanepa @MartyCaswell @OurPadres @UTPadres @JeffSanders_UT @Padres awesome tribute! pic.twitter.com/rlQrKcL3T0 — kevin pike (@kpe3zy) December...
Via Hall of Very Good
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #189: Ian Kennedy | SP | SD

There were few bright spots for the last place San Diego Padres last season, but it’s indisputable that Ian Kennedy was one. Over the course of his 2014 campaign, Kennedy set career bests in many categories and enjoyed his second-best ERA and WHIP surpassed only by his stellar 2011. Unlike the memorable 2011 season, however, Kennedy did not fare well in BABIP or LOB%, so there’s...
Via Baseball Professor
16 days ago  |  Discuss
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