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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 […]
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One Way to Get Excited About Nathan Eovaldi

There are plenty of ways to poo-poo Nathan Eovaldi. Dude has thrown 300 changeups and they’ve been bad, for the most part. Dude has gas, but his four-seamer gets only gets average whiffs. Dude’s thrown almost 500 innings and been league average. Dude’s done this in pitcher-friendly parks and leagues and now is headed to […]
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Job Posting: TrackMan Analytics/Operations Intern

Position: TrackMan Analytics/Operations Intern Location: Stamford, Conn. Description: Join TrackMan’s team as an Analytics/Operations Intern for TrackMan Baseball, a US based sports technology firm. You will take on a critical role in a small, fast moving entrepreneurial company that is breaking new ground in sports. In this position, you will primarily be responsible for reviewing […]
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Yankees Turn Martin Prado Into Nathan Eovaldi

It’s the last weekend before Christmas, and everyone is scrambling to finish up their holiday shopping, including Major League teams, apparently. So in between the flurry of the 42 trades made by the Padres this morning, the Yankees and Marlins have also reportedly struck a deal. According to Jack Curry, the Yankees have traded Martin […]
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FG on Fox: Getting Ready for Jung-Ho Kang

What if I told you there’s a shortstop in his 20s, available for presumably less than Ervin Santana money, coming off a year in which he hit 40 dingers with a four-digit OPS? It’s true — all of those things are true. The shortstop’s name is Jung-Ho Kang, and he really did have such a […]
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Padres Trade Hanigan for Middlebrooks, Sign Ross

The never-ending transaction wheel in San Diego has continued to spin this morning. In the wake of acquiring Matt Kemp, Wil Myers, and Justin Upton, the Padres have now set their sights on remaking their infield. First stop was to find a new third baseman, and the team has shockingly settled on a defensively challenged […]
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Breaking Down the Prospects in the Justin Upton Trade

The Braves are sending rightfielder Justin Upton and a yet-to-be-named-publicly low level prospect to the Padres for for pitcher Max Fried, center fielder Mallex Smith, infielder Jace Peterson and left fielder Dustin Peterson.  It’s an interesting way for Atlanta to get a very high upside player not usually available in a package for a one-year rental. […]
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The Padres Forefathers: Slugging Outfields of the Past

This week, the Padres have acquired Matt Kemp, Justin Upton, and Wil Myers. There is a chance that they keep all three and play them side by side as their 2015 outfield. It would be an experiment in testing the limits of the offense/defense balance, essentially betting that fielding matters very little in relation to […]
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2015 ZiPS Projections – Washington Nationals

After having typically appeared in the very hallowed pages of Baseball Think Factory, Dan Szymborski’s ZiPS projections have been released at FanGraphs the past couple years. The exercise continues this offseason. Below are the projections for the Washington Nationals. Szymborski can be found at ESPN and on Twitter at @DSzymborski. Other Projections: Atlanta / Chicago […]
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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 […]
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Library Update: Complete List of Pitching Statistics

For this week’s Library update, we’ve rolled out a very long, thorough glossary entry that offers a brief description and links (where applicable) for every single pitching statistic available on our leaderboards. It’s easy to find our glossary entry on FIP, for example, but if you want to know what wFB/C is, it takes a little bit of digging […]
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The International Bonus Pools Don’t Matter

International baseball has been in the news often lately with the ongoing saga of Yoan Moncada (he’s in America now), the signing of Yasmany Tomas and yesterday’s news that Cuba-U.S. relations could be getting much better.  In recent news, at the yearly international scouting directors’ meeting at the Winter Meetings last week, sources tell me there was no talk about...
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The Padres and A’s Keep Doing Things

If I had to sum up the offseason for the Oakland Athletics and San Diego Padres, it would be thusly: At the start of the 2015 season, both teams are going to look markedly different, and they took another step away from the 2014 season tonight with yet another surprise trade. Yahoo’s Jeff Passan has […]
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Does Projected Team WAR Actually Mean Anything?

I think it’s safe to say we lean pretty heavily on projections here. Now, it’s important to understand we’re all always kind of making projections. The Padres acquired Wil Myers on the basis of a positive internal player projection. When we think about our favorite teams adding, say, Dee Gordon or Nelson Cruz, we’re considering […]
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Burch Smith and the Problem of Holding Velocity

Right-hander Burch Smith has been traded from San Diego to Tampa Bay. “Will he start or not?” is a question a person might reasonably ask about that. What follows is an attempt to answer the question — in part, if not in whole. At some point during during April or May of 2013, after the […]
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Assessing Steve Pearce’s Breakout

Does Steve Pearce's high ball prowess mean good things for his future in Baltimore?
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Matt Kemp Might Have Arthritis

Hey, remember the Matt Kemp trade that happened last Thursday? Well, it didn’t really happen so much as news of a pending agreement was reported a week ago. For the last seven days, details have been getting finalized, which included having Matt Kemp take a physical. He did that on Tuesday. Apparently, it didn’t go […]
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The Biggest Remaining Lineup Needs

The Winter Meetings revelry has passed. We’re still waiting on a few big trades to finally ‘consummate,’ but the list of free agents is less attractive by day. Before you turn down a chance at glory with the guys left waiting for a team, it’s probably a good idea to look at how badly you […]
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Eno Sarris Baseball Chat — 12/18/24

Live Blog Eno Sarris Baseball Chat
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Maybe It’s Time to Change The PTBNL Rules?

According to the rules of Major League Baseball, a drafted player cannot be traded by his team within the first calendar year of signing his initial contract. According to another rule, however, teams can agree to trade players to another organization without specifying who they are for up to six months, meaning that teams can […]
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Of Course Rene Rivera Is Going to the Rays

Last month, not only did the Tampa Bay Rays cut Jose Molina, but, as Jeff detailed, no other Major League team was or has been interested in picking Molina up, even for the smallest of prices. As somebody who has always had their interests piqued by pitch-framing, this tiny morsel of a transaction nonetheless triggered […]
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The impact of normalized U.S.-Cuba relations on MLB

Following yesterday’s historic announcement by President Obama that the United States will re-establish full relations with Cuba, many baseball fans have been speculating what impact this news is likely to have on Major League Baseball. Cuba, of course, is a baseball hotbed, producing a number of impact MLB players in recent years (Jose Abreu, Yasiel […]
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The Royals Spending Poorly Wisely

The main good thing about reaching the World Series is that it means you won your league. When you win your league, people like you a lot, and it’s a good feeling. Builds community. Another, bigger-picture good thing about reaching the World Series is that it brings in revenue, especially if you haven’t been real […]
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Trea Turner: Shortstop Prospect on the Move

Trea Turner has his sights set high. The 2014 first-round pick wants to be more than the starting shortstop for the San Diego Padres [or, if last night's reports are accurate, the Washington Nationals]. Turner wants to be a star. He could have been a Pirate. Pittsburgh drafted Turner out of high school in 2011, […]
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FanGraphs Audio: An Hour of Your Life with Jeff Sullivan

Episode 514 Jeff Sullivan is a senior editor at FanGraphs. He’s also the entirely real guest on this edition of FanGraphs Audio. Don’t hesitate to direct pod-related correspondence to @cistulli on Twitter. You can subscribe to the podcast via iTunes or other feeder things. Audio after the jump. (Approximately 1 hr 16 min play time.)
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