Managing Expectations and Gauging Success

It’s weird how some people gauge success. For example, if I manage to not ruin my clothes while doing laundry I’m patting myself on the back for a job well done. I think the best way to determine success is by managing expectations. As Padres fans, we haven’t had much to look forward to the last several years. Sure, there are always a few players on the roster who genuinely...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Maybin won't need surgery to repair ruptured biceps

When Padres general manager Josh Byrnes discovered earlier this week that outfielder Cameron Maybin had a ruptured left biceps tendon, he had but one thought. "I thought he was done for the season," Byrnes said on Thursday. But after Maybin visited team doctors in San Diego earlier on Thursday, he decided against surgery -- a decision that the medical staff wholeheartedly...
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March 07, 2014  |  Discuss

The House Flight: Week of 2/24 to 3/2/2014

In case you weren’t paying attention… This is the glamorous life of our buddy @FollowThePadres — Marty Caswell (@MartyCaswell) February 27, 2014 Always enjoy responsibly. Don’t read and drive. Extension Season Learning from the Chase Headley extension stalemate Josh Byrnes, Max Fried, and a Modest Request to Darren Smith Garage Sale Recap ...
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March 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Josh Byrnes, Max Fried, and a Modest Request to Darren Smith

Today while listening to Padres General Manager Josh Byrnes speak with Darren Smith on the Mighty 1090 the conversation bounced from a weird type of ball game played by front office personnel, then to Chase Headley‘s calf, before finally settling in to my main concern this spring – Max Fried‘s tender forearm. Darren asked Byrnes about his initial reaction to news from the trainers...
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February 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Padres Rule 5 pick Schuster eyes jump to majors

Four years later, Patrick Schuster remains best known for throwing four consecutive no-hitters in high school. That could change this spring if Schuster can become one of the few Rule 5 draft success stories. But like the no-hitter streak, Schuster must do something most improbable: make the San Diego Padres' 25-man roster despite having never pitched above Class A. Schuster...
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February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Padres prospect Max Fried shut down with forearm soreness

San Diego Padres pitching prospect Max Fried has been shut down for at least two weeks after experiencing forearm soreness, according to Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune. Padres GM Josh Byrnes told Lin that the soreness was in the flexor mass region, but there was no sign of any ligament problems on an MRI. Nonetheless, the team will not let the lefty throw for at least...
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February 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Luebke Injury Underscores Byrnes’ Failed Strategy

The Padres on Tuesday received some bad news regarding talented, not-so-young-anymore, LH pitcher Cory Luebke, when it was revealed the hurler was going to undergo a second reconstructive surgery on his left elbow. Luebke already sat out all of 2013 and most of 2012 as a result of the first procedure and will now be forced to sit out 2014 and possibly well into 2015 as well. It...
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February 09, 2014  |  Discuss

The House Flight: Week of 1/20 to 1/26/2014

In case you weren’t paying attention… Spotted a guy passed out in front of Petco Park. I guess he just PA'd a little too hard today. #PadresPA — RJ's Fro (@RJsFro) January 25, 2014 Please enjoy responsibly. Don’t read and drive. Inconsequential Padres: Mike Scioscia Memorial for Jerry Coleman Recap You, Sir, Deserved the Win LOOGY Acquired...
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January 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Josh Byrnes Wins Winter

While I spent the off-season drinking beer in North Park, Padres GM Josh Byrnes was aggressively reshaping his team’s roster. Thanks to a depth not seen in these parts for some time, he engineered several small trades that increased the club’s talent level. In separate deals with the Orioles, Pirates, A’s, Astros (twice), and Rays, Byrnes did this: Out In Matt Andriese...
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January 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Padres Invite 18 Non-Roster Players to Major League Spring Training

SAN DIEGO – The San Diego Padres today announced that they have extended Major League Spring Training invitations to 18 players.  Executive Vice President/General Manager Josh Byrnes made the announcement. The list of non-roster invitees includes eight right-handed pitchers, two catchers, five infielders and three outfielders.  Three of the invitees, Blaine Boyer, Alberto Gonzalez...
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January 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Padres rumors: a 'number of teams' interested in Logan Forsythe, team listening to offers

The San Diego Padres are currently gauging trade interest in infielder Logan Forsythe, so much so that MLB Daily Dish's Chris Cotillo says a 'number of teams' have inquired about what it would take to pry the utilityman away from G.M. Josh Byrnes. Last week, the New York Yankees were said to be interested in trading for Forsythe, though it's unclear which teams in...
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January 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Padres agree to terms with five players

SAN DIEGO -€“ The San Diego Padres today announced that they have agreed to terms with right-handed pitchers Ian Kennedy and Tyson Ross, infielders Everth Cabrera and Chase Headley and infielder/outfielder Kyle Blanks on one-year contracts for the 2014 season, avoiding arbitration.  Executive Vice President/General Manager Josh Byrnes made the announcement. With today's announcement...
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January 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Padres agree to terms with OF Seth Smith

SAN DIEGO -€“ The San Diego Padres today announced that they have agreed to terms with outfielder Seth Smith on a one-year contract for the 2014 season, avoiding arbitration.  Executive Vice President/General Manager Josh Byrnes made the announcement.  Smith, 31, was acquired by the Padres last month on December 3 from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for right-handed pitcher...
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January 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Huston Street to open as Padres closer

The San Diego Padres signing of Joaquin Benoit improved their bullpen but the team will not place him in the closers role. Huston Street will remain as the Padres closer according to general manager Josh Byrnes. “Street is still our closer,” Byrnes said via San Diego Union-Tribute. “Huston has done it very well for a long time. Benoit has done it for four years. Huston is a...
December 29, 2013  |  Discuss

30 Days of Baseball: San Diego Padres

San Diego Padres 2013 Record: 76-86, Tied for 3rd place NL West 2014 Projection: 4th place NL West There’s no telling what the San Diego Padres might have been capable of this season if all of their position players would have been healthy for continued stretches of the season. So, what Padres general manager Josh Byrnes would like to see more of in 2014 is simple, more wins...
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December 28, 2013  |  Discuss

San Diego Padres sign RHP Joaquin Benoit

SAN DIEGO -€“ The San Diego Padres today announced that they have officially signed right-handed pitcher Joaquin Benoit to a two-year Major League contract through the 2015 season with a vesting option for 2016.  In addition, the club has designated right-handed pitcher Adys Portillo for assignment.  Executive Vice President/General Manager Josh Byrnes made the announcements...
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December 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Josh Byrnes Latest Interview With Hacksaw and Jay Paris: 12/19/2013

In his latest public interview on the Hacksaw Show, Byrnes discusses the signing of Benoit, adding depth, Cameron Maybin, the latest on Chase Headley, and pitching depth. It is becoming increasingly obvious that the theme of this offseason has been depth to cover injuries and depth for lineup flexibility. Here are some highlights of the interview. On The Signing Of Benoit Hacksaw...
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December 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Cold Call and Collected: Padres Preview 2014

General Manager Josh Byrnes has been a very busy man lately, making deals and moving players as he sees fit to build Padres success. With the acquisitions of Johnson, Smith and Benoit standing out as the biggest transactions this offseason, you would think that Josh would be relaxing and taking a moment for himself to reflect upon the numbers and figures that he has been tasked with...
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December 20, 2013  |  Discuss

If Loving Rey Fuentes is Wrong, I Don’t Want to be Right

At the start of the off-season, Padres GM Josh Byrnes had a left-handed hitting outfielder as one of his top priorities. Whether that player would platoon or play everyday was to be determined. They ended up trading their most effective reliever to the Oakland A’s for outfielder Seth Smith, a left-handed corner outfielder who’s pretty damn good against right-handed pitching ...
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December 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Open Discussion: What is Chase Headley Worth?

As the Padres and Josh Byrnes continue to put together a World Series team this winter, the big question still is… What are they going to do with Chase Headley.  Those of you that have been with us for a while will remember that I said you trade him or sign him, but can’t sit on him.  Why?  Because of a situation like this. Headley is heading into his last season of team control...
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December 14, 2013  |  Discuss

The House Flight: Week of 11/18 to 11/24/2013

In case you weren’t paying attention… @GhostofRAK @Padres @PadresMikeDee I'd fly home for a Bluepper bobblehead night #SeriouslyThatWasOurMascot #Incredulous — Tim Stoops (@timmer82) November 18, 2013 Always enjoy responsibly. Don’t read and drive. Cat Puke And Pitching Depth Padres name Jose Valentin’s Mustache the new 1st Base Coach Bip Roberts: Kid with a Motor...
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November 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Padres reach one-year deal with righty Johnson

In terms of offseason priorities, adding a starting pitcher probably wasn't at the top of the wish list that Padres' general manager Josh Byrnes and his staff compiled following the season. But when it became apparent that free agent Josh Johnson -- a two-time All-Star who led the National League in ERA as recently as 2010 -- had sincere interest in not only playing on the...
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November 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Josh Byrnes Takes a Sip of Coffee

Josh Johnson is a San Diego Padre As first reported by Jerry Crasnick of, the Padres and free agent starting pitcher Josh Johnson have agreed to a one-year deal. Pitcher Josh Johnson signs one-year, guaranteed $8M deal with #padres. — Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) November 20, 2013 The deal includes an additional $1.25 million in performance bonuses...
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November 19, 2013  |  Discuss

2013-14 Off-Season: Extra Value Meal or Dollar Menu?

Padres fans’ disappointment in the Padres 2012-13 off-season, when they did nothing to upgrade anything about the roster, has been well documented. But, that was last year. What does this off-season hold in terms of potential free agent signings? We’ve already seen changes, as Clayton Richard was shown the door (but there is always the chance that he comes back) last week. Colt...
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November 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Padres GM Josh Byrnes Discusses Off-Season Needs

Josh Byrnes joined former GM Jim Bowden and discussed team needs heading into the offseason.  Coming off another 76-86 season, Padres fans are wondering if the Friars are going to attempt to improve in hopes of a playoff birth or if they are content with the roster as is heading into 2014. Despite seven seasons without a playoff birth, manager Bud Black remains on a cool seat heading...
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November 04, 2013  |  Discuss

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