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Ask The Ghost: Earth Day 2015 Edition

In honor of Earth Day today, I decided to recycle* something Dustin did and answer questions via the Twitter machine. I'm going to steal from @sacbuntdustin and take questions for tomorrow's post. So get to asking. #AskTheGhost — Ghost of Ray Kroc (@GhostofRAK) April 21, 2015 The big difference: I don’t know anything. I’m not a stathead. I don’t analyze every player’s...
Via Padres Public
4 days ago  |  Discuss

One Man’s Trash: In Ottavino Veritas

The closer carousel continues to spin round and round. In the season's first week, Joaquin Benoit's ride ended abruptly in the fallout of the Craig Kimbrel trade and Jason Grilli climbed aboard to take his place. This week, thanks to the early season struggles of 42 year old former closer LaTroy Hawkins, Adam Ottavino (+83.9%) became the new 9th inning reliever for the Rockies and was...
Via Razzball
5 days ago  |  Discuss

One Man’s Trash: Grilli Vanilli

Just hours before the first official pitch of the 2015 MLB regular season was thrown, the Braves traded reliever Craig Kimbrel to the Padres and significantly altered the fantasy values of a couple of players in the process. Joaquin Benoit's role changed from projected closer to primary setup man, and his fantasy value took an enormous hit in standard 5x5 formats. Unsurprisingly...
Via Razzball
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Watch: Andrelton Simmons Steals Hit From Travis d’Arnaud

Since the end of the 2014 campaign, the Atlanta Braves have traded away key players in Jason Heyward, Justin Upton, Craig Kimbrel and Evan Gattis. What they didn’t part with, however, was Andrelton Simmons—the best defensive shortstop in the MLB. And Friday night showed a perfect example of why the Braves kept him around. New York Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud smacked a grounder...
Via Sportsnaut
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Myers, Kimbrel lead Padres to 1-0 win against Giants

SAN DIEGO (AP) Wil Myers hit an RBI double off the right-field wall with one out in the eighth inning and Craig Kimbrel got his first save with the San Diego Padres, who beat the San Francisco Giants 1-0 Friday night. The run snapped the Padres' 22-inning scoreless streak dating to Wednesday night at Los Angeles. The Padres lost 1-0 to the Giants in 12 innings in their home opener...
Via AP on Fox
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves start season with sweep and new closer

Still reeling from the news that the Braves had traded former Rookie of the Year, perennial all-star and all-time club saves leader Craig Kimbrel to the San Diego Padres, the Braves embarked on the first series of the season in Miami lacking some of the cohesiveness they had broke camp with. Despite the startling news to Kimbrel’s former teammates, they took to Miami with confidence...
Via BravesWire
16 days ago  |  Discuss

The Giants and Padres are already playing the feud

Four games into the 2015 season, bad blood is already brewing between the San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres. Check out this confrontation on Thursday night between Angel Pagan and Derek Norris, which culminate in Craig Kimbrel throwing a fastball a bit up and in on Pagan. So, what spurred this confrontation? Gum. Of course, it was gum. From Dennis Lin of UT San Diego…...
Via The Outside Corner
17 days ago  |  Discuss

The Giants and Padres are already playing the feud

Four games into the 2015 season, bad blood is already brewing between the San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres. Check out this confrontation on Thursday night between Angel Pagan and Derek Norris, which culminate in Craig Kimbrel throwing a fastball a bit up and in on Pagan. So, what spurred this confrontation? Gum. Of course, it was gum. From Dennis Lin of UT San Diego…...
Via Bloguin Best
17 days ago  |  Discuss

New-look Braves bring 3-0 mark into home opener vs Mets

ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Braves are set to introduce their roster, including an all-new outfield, to their home fans. They also can show off a 3-0 record, thanks to their first season-opening sweep in eight years, when they begin a weekend home series against the New York Mets on Friday night. Atlanta traded fan favorites Jason Heyward, Craig Kimbrel, Justin Upton and Evan Gattis...
Via AP on Fox
17 days ago  |  Discuss

San Diego is Looking to Improve at Shortstop

The San Diego Padres made a handful of splashes this past off-season, but even after a bombshell Opening Night trade which brought All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel to the west coast, it would appear that A.J. Preller and Co. aren’t finished. The #Padres and aggressive A.J Preller still aren’t done dealing. They are now scouring the shortstop market, teams say. — Bob Nightengale...
Via Baseball Essential
19 days ago  |  Discuss

One Man’s Trash: ‘O Soler Mio

Greetings all and welcome to the first regular season edition of One Man's Trash. Fantasy drafts are in the books, real baseball is back, and the weather is warming up. Optimism abounds. Wait, Craig Kimbrel was just traded to the Padres? Good thing I drafted Joaquin Benoit in four leagues. %#@! And that brings us to this week's column. As we await the week one transaction data to...
Via Razzball
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Baseball Profcast: Kimbrel On The Move

Submit a question for the Profcast! In Episode 169, Professors Adam Nodiff (@ANodBaseball) and Bryan Curley (@BaseballProf) are joined by James Seltzer (@JamesSeltzer975) from Philadelphia sports radio and RotoWire to talk a bit about the Phillies and a lot about opening day action! Topics include: Impact of the Craig Kimbrel trade The Mets’ bullpen situation Fast...
Via Baseball Professor
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Why It Was The Time For The Braves To Trade Craig Kimbrel

Three years have passed since the Atlanta Braves have seen postseason action. They lost their wild card at the hand of the St. Louis Cardinals in 2012. It’s been 16 years since the Braves completed their most recent World Series appearance (0-4) in the Bronx Bombers’ dustpan. The 2014 offseason set the scene for rebuilding and an opening night blockbuster was the final act. The...
Via Baseball Essential
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Padres getting Craig Kimbrel sets ‘World Series or bust’ expectations for 2015

The internet typically rewards the quickest reaction. Had I written about the San Diego Padres trading for Craig Kimbrel in the hours immediately following that news breaking, I would have said that the Pads and general manager A.J. Preller made a great deal. Actually, I did say something like that on Twitter. #Padres finally give up a top prospect in Matt Wisler, but free up that...
Via The Outside Corner
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Padres getting Craig Kimbrel sets ‘World Series or bust’ expectations for 2015

The internet typically rewards the quickest reaction. Had I written about the San Diego Padres trading for Craig Kimbrel in the hours immediately following that news breaking, I would have said that the Pads and general manager A.J. Preller made a great deal. Actually, I did say something like that on Twitter. #Padres finally give up a top prospect in Matt Wisler, but free up that...
Via Bloguin Best
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Chipper Jones to Braves fans: 'Embrace the rebuild' and 'watch these kids learn'

It's challenging to accept an organizational rebuild, especially for a fan base so accustomed to winning. With the surprise Opening Night trade of All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel and outfield albatross Melvin Upton to the San Diego Padres for outfielders Carlos Quentin and Cameron Maybin, plus two minor leaguers and a draft pick, the Atlanta Braves further entrenched the team in a...
Via Fox Sports
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Craig Kimbrel One of a Kind?

We know that Craig Kimbrel stands atop any reliever leaderboard you can gussy up. Does he stand so far away from second place that he’s a one of a kind guy right now? That’s easy enough to answer. Using stats from 2011-2014, we can sort each position by WAR and basically “index” the first place […]
Via Fangraphs
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Timing, trade partner most shocking parts of Craig Kimbrel deal

When the Atlanta Braves traded dominant closer Craig Kimbrel (and roster dead weight Melvin Upton Jr) to the San Diego Padres on Sunday night, baseball fans were shocked. Many Braves fans had a meltdown, seemingly in disbelief that a team projected to finish fourth in the NL East this season would want to trade the best closer in baseball. Why would you sell off that high-end sound...
Via Bloguin Best
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Timing, trade partner most shocking parts of Craig Kimbrel deal

When the Atlanta Braves traded dominant closer Craig Kimbrel (and roster dead weight Melvin Upton Jr) to the San Diego Padres on Sunday night, baseball fans were shocked. Many Braves fans had a meltdown, seemingly in disbelief that a team projected to finish fourth in the NL East this season would want to trade the best closer in baseball. Why would you sell off that high-end sound...
Via The Outside Corner
20 days ago  |  Discuss

A Look at the Prospects in the Craig Kimbrel Trade

Just when you thought A.J. Preller was done making moves, he goes and swings yet another blockbuster trade. Once more, the Padres traded away minor league talent in an effort to help the Padres win in 2015. In exchange for Craig Kimbrel and Melvin Upton, the Padres sent big league outfielders Cameron Maybin and Carlos […]
Via Fangraphs
21 days ago  |  Discuss

San Diego Padres: Preller misfires with trade

Craig Kimbrel Yesterday, San Diego Padres general manager A.J. Preller pulled off another monster trade for an all-star, only this time it looks like he may have gambled one too many times. The Padres traded outfielders Cameron Maybin and Carlos Quentin, prospects Matt Wisler (RHP) and Jordan Paroubeck (OF) and a compensatory draft pick (No. 41 overall) to the Atlanta Braves for...
Via isportsweb.com
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves Make A Boom

On Sunday evening, The Atlanta Braves made one of the most surprising moves of the offseason. The Braves traded Melvin Upton Jr.  and 4-time All-Star Craig Kimbrel to the San Diego Padres. Kimbrel, who has been regarded as the best closer in baseball, has been dominant for the Braves since his full major league season in 2011. The 26-year-old made his debut in May 2010 and he since...
Via TopSportsReport
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Let’s (Pretend To Own People Who) Play Ball!

Ma nishtana, how is tonight different than every other night? Because there's some G-D regular season baseball! Ah fanabla! The Padres aren't wasting any time with bird sex or Joaquin Benoit either as they traded for Craig Kimbrel. Why do I get the sense that the Padres played 2,500 games of Strat-o-Matic this offseason and on Saturday it was 1249 to 1249 and they were like,...
Via Razzball
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Padres Acquire Kimbrel, Upton; Trade Maybin, Quentin as Preller Completes Team’s Remodeling

(*Author’s Edit and Note as of 10:15pm – “Completes” may be assuming too much As of this writing there’s a little less than 15-hours until first pitch against the Dodgers… with Preller’s work-ethic, he may not even be done trading!) ‘Twas the night before Opening Day… The San Diego Padres announced Sunday afternoon that the team has acquired RHP Craig Kimbrel and...
Via Friarhood
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Ho-Hum, Another Preller Blockbuster

Just when I thought it was safe to settle in for a little Sunday Night Baseball action, A.J. Preller struck again, pulling off the sort of Opening Day/Night blockbuster far more likely to show up in your fantasy league than the majors. This time Preller and the Padres sent OF Cameron Maybin, “OF” Carlos Quentin, RHP Matt Wisler, OF Jordan Paroubeck, and the 41st pick in the 2015...
Via Padres Public
21 days ago  |  Discuss
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