Who Aren’t the Padres Trading?

So ummm, will the last one here please turn out the lights? Half a season after a massive overhaul, the supposedly new-look, “let’s contend now and for the future” Padres are limping towards August with a sub-.500 record. At various times in the past week the following players have each been rumored in trade talks: Position players: Jedd Gyorko Justin Upton Will Venable ...
Via Friarhood
4 hours ago  |  Discuss

Who Aren’t The Padres Trading?

So ummm, will the last one here please turn out the lights? Half a season after a massive overhaul, the supposedly new-look, “let’s contend now and for the future” Padres are limping towards August with a sub-.500 record. At various times in the past week the following players have each been rumored in trade talks: Position players: Jedd Gyorko Justin Upton Will Venable ...
Via Friarhood
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Sources: Nationals the top suitor for Padres closer Craig Kimbrel

As the trade winds pick up surrounding San Diego Padres closer Craig Kimbrel, a frontrunner has reportedly emerged to nab his services. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Washington Nationals have surfaced as the "hottest" on Kimbrel, who is considered one of the best right-handed relievers on the trade market. Other teams rumored to be interested in Kimbrel include the New...
Via Fox Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Report: Nationals interested in Craig Kimbrel, Aroldis Chapman

The Washington Nationals have been poking around the market looking for a top-tier relief pitcher and indications are they have talked to the Cincinnati Reds about Aroldis Chapman and the San Diego Padres about Craig Kimbrel, according to Jayson Stark of The Nationals current closer, Drew Storen, is no slouch, so this shouldn’t be indicative of his performance. He has...
Via Baseball Essential
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Miami Marlins at San Diego Padres game preview

TIME: 10 P.M. San Diego and Miami are known for great weather, picturesque beaches and relaxing lifestyles. Those city's baseball teams, unfortunately, are enduring the NL's longest postseason droughts and have already fired their managers after failing to meet expectations. Misery may love company when the underachieving Padres and Marlins meet for the first time Thursday night...
Via Fox Sports Florida
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Should the Padres just blow the whole thing up?

No team made more noise this past offseason than the San Diego Padres, engaging in seemingly endless roster turnover in hopes of putting a contending team on the field. It was either going to be a spectacular success or a spectacular failure; either way, it’d be spectacular. Things haven’t gone exactly as general manager A.J. Preller planned. The Padres are putrid on offense...
Via Bloguin Best
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Comparing Aroldis Chapman to some of the greatest relievers of all time

Cincinnati Reds' closer Aroldis Chapman became the fastest pitcher to reach 500 strikeouts, reaching the achievement in just 292.0 innings pitched. The previous mark was held by San Diego Padres' closer Craig Kimbrel, who got to 500 in 305 IP.  Chapman is also one of the fastest-throwing pitchers in the MLB, with his average fastball velocity a full 1.5 mph faster than any other...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Aroldis Chapman Makes History During Reds Loss

The Cincinnati Reds might’ve lost 5-3 to their interstate rival Cleveland Indians Sunday, but Aroldis Chapman had a day to remember. With a bases loaded strikeout of Giovanny Urshela in the tenth inning, the “Cuban Missile became the fastest pitcher in baseball history to notch 500 strikeouts….needing just 292 innings to reach the milestone. The previous holder, San Diego...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Cincinnati Reds: Aroldis Chapman breaks a record

Earlier this evening, Cincinnati Reds pitcher Aroldis Chapman became the fastest pitcher to record 500 strikeouts. He did it in only 292 innings, topping San Diego Padres closer Craig Kimbrel, who did it in 305 innings. Chapman is the hardest thrower in the league and routinely throws 100+ MPH. He showcased that in this years All-Star Game where 12 of his 14 pitches were at least...
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals: Craig Kimbrel trade rumors

With the trade deadline right around the corner, let the rumor mill boil as the speculations of where players are going to land is just beginning. We see all the time that certain players are going to go to a certain team, but that is when the fun begins when a new team puts together the right package to sweep him away. July 31st is one of the best days in baseball where there...
10 days ago  |  Discuss

San Diego Padres have combination to turn season around

The San Diego Padres sit at 42-49 on the 2015 season, putting them in fourth place, 9.5 games back from the National League West leading Los Angeles Dodgers (51-39). The Padres have recovered from a six-game losing streak to win their last three. A small sign that they have what it takes to turn the season around. No, a three-game winning streak does not mean that a team is about...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
10 days ago  |  Discuss

The San Diego Padres trade rumors: reloading for next year

The start of the 2015 MLB season held so many high hopes and aspirations for the San Diego Padres faithful, as their new general manager, AJ Preller, was the busiest man in the league during the following offseason. He ushered in a new era of San Diego baseball. The new look Padres were led by their all-star-caliber players, Justin Upton, Matt Kemp, Derek Norris, Wil Myers, Craig...
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Getting Crafty With A.J. Preller and an Intriguing Trade Partner

It’s difficult to question A.J. Preller’s creativity since he’s been crowned General Manager of the San Diego Padres. Praised effusively in the world of baseball after major off-season acquisitions and free agent signings headlined by Justin Upton, Matt Kemp, Derek Norris, Wil Myers, Craig Kimbrel, Melvin Upton Jr. and James Shields, Preller’s gamble hasn’t paid off....
Via Baseball Essential
15 days ago  |  Discuss

'San Diego Padres Encore' to air July 13-15

The San Diego Padres will have four days off during the All-Star break, but that doesn't mean fans can't watch replays of some of the best Friar action from the first half of the 2015 season. Starting Monday, July 13, FOX Sports San Diego will re-air two games a night for a total of six during the break.  The schedule is as follows: Monday, July 13 9:30 p.m. - Padres at Dodgers...
Via Fox Sports San Diego
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Trade deadline 2015: 10 big names that may be on the move

Baseball’s trade deadline is just a few weeks away, which means trade rumors will start flying fast and furious soon. And the rumors are always the best part of deadline season, since your team will probably stand pat on July 31 and really tick you off. Hey, at least you had that great rumor a few days ago! But there are some trades that seem inevitable as more teams fall out...
Via The Outside Corner
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Fredi Gonzalez of the Atlanta Braves for manager of the year?

Fredi Gonzalez is managing his socks off for the Atlanta Braves.  The Braves were supposed to be just slightly better than the woeful Philadelphia Phillies this season after they traded away three of their four best hitters and closer Craig Kimbrel for prospects and spare parts.  Even before the Kimbrel trade, both FanGraphs and Baseball Prospectus had the Braves losing about 90...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Dodgers’ Kenley Jansen has Been Quietly Dominant

Is 2015 the year Kenley Jansen finally gets an all-star nod? – Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez/US Presswire The conversation for “best closer in baseball” in recent years has been monopolized by stars like Craig Kimbrel, Aroldis Chapman, Greg Holland, and career save king Mariano Rivera. But there is one notable name that should be in the discussion that escapes from most...
Via The Sports Journal
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Craig Kimbrel returning to form in San Diego

After pitching a scoreless ninth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night, San Diego Padres closer Craig Kimbrel earned his 19th save on the season and has now converted on 10 consecutive save opportunities. After enduring a rough patch earlier in the season in which Kimbrel allowed 10 earned runs through 11 appearances, he seems to have finally settled in and is pitching...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
June 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Who will represent the San Diego Padres in 2015 All-Star Game?

Major League Baseball over the past decade or so has lost some fans due to the steroid-era scandal and the growing fan-bases of basketball and football. However, one thing the NBA and NFL don’t have on the MLB is an exciting and well-organized All-Star game. The MLB All-Star game is the best in professional sports. Baseball prides itself on putting together a quality event that...
June 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Prospect Pulse: Touki Toussaint, John Hart’s Latest Coup

The Atlanta Braves were supposed to be a terrible baseball team this year. With the trades of Craig Kimbrel, Jason Heyward, Evan Gattis, and Justin Upton, just to name the big ones, even the most ardent Braves fans were expecting a full rebuild. Nearly halfway through the season, however, Atlanta finds themselves a mere three games out of first place in a weak NL East division. Sure...
Via Baseball Professor
June 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Switch of Scenery Ailing Craig Kimbrel

San Diego Padres relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel (46) works in the 11th inning of baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Monday, June 8, 2015, in Atlanta. San Diego won 5-3. Mandatory credit: AP Photo/John Bazemore If you had told an Atlanta Braves fan a few months ago they were going to trade perennial all-star closer Craig Kimbrel to the San Diego Padres he would have laughed...
Via The Sports Journal
June 18, 2015  |  Discuss

The World of the Closer

Closers have been tough to depend on in fantasy baseball in recent years and that may be the case in 2015 more than ever. The highest drafted closers in every league were Aroldis Chapman, Craig Kimbrel and Greg Holland, and so far, none of them have lived up to their expectation. The Elites that haven’t performed like it Aroldis Chapman has been good when he’s had the chance...
Via The Fantasy Fix
June 17, 2015  |  Discuss

San Diego Padres Trade Rumors: Buyers or Sellers Edition

Justin Upton, Wil Myers, Matt Kemp, Derek Norris, Craig Kimbrel, and James Shields. They all have something in common: rookie-G.M. A.J. Preller brought them all to San Diego in an effort to bring the city its first NL West title since 2006. These six 2015 additions have led the Padres to a mediocre start through their first 65 games. It seems fitting that half of these six guys have...
June 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Trades and aquistions paying off for Atlanta

Coming into the 2015 season, the Atlanta Braves had a lot to prove. On the eve of Opening Day they said goodbye to fan favorite and closer extraordinaire Craig Kimbrel. They had already traded the bats of Justin Upton and Jason Heyward. They let go of a big chunk of relievers. But they also made trades that restocked the farm system and signed talented players in Shelby Miller and...
Via BravesWire
June 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Fantasy Baseball Final: June 11th, 2015

If you read only one thing….. The Braves and Padres’ story has been intertwined all season following the major trade before the season that saw Craig Kimbrel go to the Padres and Cameron Maybin go to the Braves. The rest of the parts are either gone or irrelevant at this point. This week saw the two teams battle it out in an epic series that has included a bench clearing brawl...
Via The Fantasy Fix
June 11, 2015  |  Discuss
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