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Showing posts with label San Diego Padres. Show all posts


Jamie Moyer Becomes the Oldest Man to Ever Win a Ballgame

Jamie Moyer is headed to the Hall of Fame... or at least his glove is, as the oldest pitcher to earn a big league victory.

The 49-year-old left-hander, who will turn the big 5-0 on November 18, tossed seven solid innings Tuesday to help the Colorado Rockies beat the San Diego Padres 5-3. Relying heavily on his not-so-fast fastball and a cutter that's still pretty nice, Moyer surrendered two unearned runs on six hits to pick up his 268th career win, tying him with Hall of Famer Jim Palmer for 34th on the all-time list.


Carlos Quentin Needs Knee Surgery

Carlos Quentin is expected to be sidelined 4-6 weeks after he has arthroscopic knee surgery this Monday. Bummer.

The San Diego Padres outfielder, acquired in a trade with the Chicago White Sox on New Year's Eve, began experiencing inflammation in his right knee shortly after reporting to spring training. However, even with a bum knee, Quentin batted .533 with a homer and four RBI in 15 at-bats this spring.


Season Previews: San Diego Padres

With Spring Training well underway, it's time for one of our favorite things in all the world: . Five years ago, they began as a semi-serious analysis and ended up as half-assed haiku. We're just gonna go with what we know. We'll end our preview of the National League West (and the entire National League) with the 2012 San Diego Padres. Enjoy.

Stauffer and Luebke
Edinson Volquez rocks braids
Clayton's a lefty

Huston Street closes
Traded by Colorado
For southpaw Nick Schmidt

Remember Kotsay?
Welcome to Carlos Quentin
Kyle Blanks on bench

Chris Denorfia
Backs up Maybin in center
Venable in right

Turning double plays
Jason Bartlett at short stop
O-Dawg at second

Guzman at first base
Headley at the hot corner
Adios Harang


Chicago White Sox Trade Carlos Quentin to San Diego Padres

Sometimes when players are traded, they get all upset about where they end up and who they'll miss. In Carlos Quentin's case, he's pretty excited.

The Chicago White Sox traded the All-Star outfielder to his hometown San Diego Padres this weekend, and when he got the call he was conveniently already in town.

This is also good news for the Padres, who sucked it up in the National League West last season. They finished worst in their division at 71-91, 23 games behind his former team, the NL West-winning Arizona Diamondbacks. Padres general manager Josh Byrnes, who traded Quentin from Arizona to Chicago four years ago, is happy to have him back:

"Trading him is pretty high on my list of regrets. That group in Arizona had a lot of talent. Carlos always stood out for his intensity and his style of play. Having a chance to get him back became very appealing here this offseason."

Quentin, who batted .254 with 24 home runs and 77 RBI last season while playing right field for the White Sox, is expected to start out in left for San Diego in 2012. He's also expected to do wonders for the Padres' collective offense, since he's nailed 20 homers in each of the last four seasons, including 36 in 2008.

The White Sox acquired two minor league pitchers in the deal: right-hander Simon Castro and left-hander Pedro Hernandez.


Los Angeles Dodgers Get Busy, Sign Aaron Harang and Trade Dana Eveland

The Los Angeles Dodgers have filled out their rotation at the winter meetings action in Dallas today, signing Aaron Harang to a two-year contract worth $12 million with a 2014 option.

The 33-year-old right-hander joins a solid rotation that already includes National League Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw, Chad Billingsley, Ted Lilly and Chris Capuano, whose two-year contract of $10 million was signed just last week.

Harang was pretty good last season, going 14-7 with a career-low 3.64 ERA in 28 starts with the San Diego Padres, his hometown team. General manager Ned Colletti is pleased with the signing and says it gives the Dodgers "a veteran arm in the rotation." Funny... I was under the impression Lilly was about as veteran as you can get these days.

The Dodgers also traded lefty Dana Eveland to the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for a couple of minor leaguers: left-hander Jarret Martin and outfielder Tyler Henson.

An 18th round pick with the Orioles in the 2009 draft, Martin was 5-12 with a 4.96 ERA in 31 games with Single-A Delmarva last season, so he sucks, but Henson batted .247 with three home runs and 36 RBI with Triple-A Norfolk in 2011. So there's that.


Smokin' Hot Stove: San Diego Padres Get Huston Street from Colorado Rockies

Huston Street (best porn name in baseball, bow-chicka-wow-wow) was acquired by the San Diego Padres Wednesday for a player to be named from the Colorado Rockies.

Upon the departure of Heath Bell to the talent-hoarding Miami Marlins, the Padres found themselves without someone to shut the door on all those save situations they'll be experiencing next season. Naturally, the first team they turned to was the Rockies, who recently acquired Kevin Slowey from the Minnesota Twins for whatever reason. Clearly, Rafael Betancourt can handle himself in the ninth inning.

So, the two sides agreed that San Diego would take on the remaining chunk of Street's contract, valued at roughly $7.5 million for next season with an extra $9 million club option or a $500,000 buyout for 2013. All of this in exchange for a minor league PTBNL within the next six months, who is always hoped to be of equal value by the receiving team, but rarely is.

The 28-year-old righty went 1-4 with 29 saves and a 3.86 ERA with the Rockies last season.

We've always liked Huston Street. First of all, he's a closer and closers are hot, with a few exceptions. *cough* Matt Capps *cough* Second, he plays guitar. Everyone knows chicks can't control themselves around musicians. Third, we've never once heard him bitch about anything. We hate men who complain. The only thing that's rather fishy is that he claims to be a wine connoisseur.... not sure that we trust men who drink wine.

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Miami Marlins Acquire Wade LeBlanc from Padres for John Baker

The Miami Marlins acquired Wade LeBlanc from the San Diego Padres on Tuesday for catcher John Baker. Why? Well apparently, the Marlins needed a lefty and the Padres could use another catcher. Everybody's happy for now.

LeBlanc went 5-6 with a 4.63 ERA for the Padres last season, sucking for most of 2011 and spending some time with Triple-A Tuscon until winning three of his last four decisions. Obviously, he hopes that convincing finish will still be on the minds of the club when he tries to make the team this spring. Here and there over four seasons with San Diego, LeBlanc went 17-22 with a 4.54 ERA, including two relief appearances.

San Diego Padres Give Mark Kotsay Another Shot for $1.25 Million

Apparently, Mark Kotsay is not done playing baseball.

For whatever reason, the San Diego Padres feel Kotsay will be able to contribute to their outfield situation... because he's certainly not going to do anything for their run-scoring situation. Anyway, he's one of the few big leaguers to more or less beg to play there:

"There was no secret that I wanted to come back and play here... At this point, all signs pointed to coming back to San Diego. It's tied to multiple things. My family is here and it gives me a chance to be part of an organization that's growing. I still have multiple friends in this organization. I even think the clubhouse staff is still the same. I'm excited."

I'm sure you are.

Kotsay was with the team from 2001-03, where he never really did anything spectacular. The 35-year-old, who has bounced around seven different organizations during his 15-year career, is a .278 lifetime hitter.

He took it up a notch with the Milwaukee Brewers during his attempted comeback season last year and batted .270 with three home runs and 31 RBI. Good luck, buddy!


Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer: Reunited and it Feels So Good

Not only did the Chicago Cubs smuggle Padres general manager Jed Hoyer out of San Diego, but they took his assistant with them as well.

Hoyer and his assistant Jason McLeod, who will become the new senior vice president of scouting and player development for the Cubs, have been planning on making their escape from the Padres ever since Hoyer's old pal Theo Epstein left the Boston Red Sox to become the president of baseball operations on the north side of the windy city. Apparently they love a challenge.


Season Previews: San Diego Padres

With pitchers and catchers already at their Spring Training camps, it's time for one of our favorite things in all the world: . Four years ago, they began as a semi-serious analysis and ended up as half-assed haiku. We're just gonna go with what we know. Continuing with our preview of the National League West, here are the San Diego Padres.

Goodbye Gonzalez
Hello Orlando Hudson
and Jason Bartlett

Heath Bell, the closer
Has strained his left calf muscle
Don't forget to stretch!

Chase Headley at third
Now Brad Hawpe will play first base
Big shoes to fill there

Maybin in center
Ryan Ludwick in right field
He's a big fella

Venable in left
He's got some real potential
and a nice smile


Happy Trails, Trevor Hoffman

After 18 seasons in the big leagues, Trevor Hoffman has finally decided to hang up his cleats.

Baseball's all-time saves leader, who many consider to be the National League's all-time greatest closer, is trading Hells Bells for a cushy desk job with the San Diego Padres front office. He had this to say during his retirement announcement at the podium atop Petco Park's home plate Wednesday:

Smokin' Hot Stove: Adrian Gonzalez

Jayson Werth and Derek Jeter aren't the only guys to become (even more) filthy-stinkin' rich this week.

The Boston Red Sox acquired Adrian Gonzalez over the weekend from the San Diego Padres in a trade for right-hander Casey Kelly, first baseman Anthony Rizzo, outfielder Reymond Fuentes and a player to be named later. The deal was slowed while Theo Epstein attempted to sign Gonzalez to a long-term contract, but the general manager is "very confident" they'll come to terms.

It Was a Really Good Try, Padres

Third time's a charm.

The San Diego Padres clawed and scraped their way to the final game of the regular season, but were shut out 3-0 by the National League West-winning San Francisco Giants, who successfully avoided a Game 163 playoff.

Jonathan Sanchez pitched his team back into the postseason Sunday, tossing six fair innings while allowing five walks and three hits. He also provided a huge hit, nailing a triple off rookie Mat Latos and scoring the game’s first run in the third inning before Aubrey Huff followed with an RBI double.

NL West: the Final Countdown


Happy October everyone! Who doesn't love a good divisional race? The National League West is coming down to the final weekend of the regular season. With just three sold-out games remaining, the San Francisco Giants need just one victory over the visiting San Diego Padres to win the division and end their six-year playoff drought.

Speaking of droughts, Pablo Sandoval finally ended his 66-at bat homerless skid with a shot into McCovey Cove last night. Kung Fu Panda has just 12 hits in his last 63 at-bats, but he insists he's feeling more chill lately and finding his stroke again:


If you thought things were nuts in the American League East, get a load of the National League West.

Just a half game behind the division-leading San Francisco Giants and one behind the NL Wild Card-leading Atlanta Braves, the San Diego Padres are right in the thick of it. They'll go for their sixth consecutive victory Wednesday night during game two of their three-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium.

The Padres made a convincing case Tuesday with their 6-0 win in the series opener via a Clayton Richard complete game shutout (the first of his career) but failed to gain any ground since the rival Giants managed a 1-0 win over the Chicago Cubs.


Season Previews: San Diego Padres

Since the season is already underway, we should probably keep moving along with our , which we were apparently supposed to finish before Opening Day... Three years ago, they began as a semi-serious analysis and ended up as half-assed haiku. We're just gonna go with what we know. Continuing our preview of the National League West, here are the San Diego Padres.

Dear LORD Matt Stairs has
Played ball for a long time.
What's he, like, ninety??

John Garland's joined the
Rotation, not a great ace.
He used to kick ass.

Correia, Richard,
And Latos round out starting
Pitchers. That's too bad.

Off to a hot start:
Adrian Gonzalez. Hopes
For his third gold glove.

Kyle Blanks will be
One to watch, could have a break
Out year. He's in left.


Jon Garland Likes California

Jon Garland has signed with the San Diego Padres, opting to stay in the Golden State for another year. The club may have gotten away with a bit of a steal here, signing the right-hander for just $4.7 million for one year with a $6.75 million option for 2011.

Garland, who grew up in the Los Angeles area, left an 8-year career with the Chicago White Sox behind when he was traded to the Angels in 2008. He then went on to play in the National League, splitting up his time between the Arizona Diamondbacks and Dodgers last season, going a combined 11-13 with a 4.01 ERA.

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Ruiz Remains in Philly, Stairs is Old School

The Philadelphia Phillies have reportedly reached an agreement with catcher Carlos Ruiz to the tune of $8.85 million over three years, avoiding salary arbitration.

After batting .255 with 43 runs batted in and a career-best nine home runs in his fourth season with the Phillies, Ruiz was also offered a $5 million club option for 2013 with a $500,000 buyout. The backstop, who turned 31 last Friday, boasts a .303 postseason average, including two World Series appearances and one ring, of course.

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Adrian Gonzalez is a Badass

Adrian Gonzalez had a career-best (and tied a club record) with six hits Tuesday night, while the San Diego Padres cracked out 22 in all, for their best offensive show of the season.

During their 13-6 ass-whooping of the Milwaukee Brewers, Gonzalez managed base hits in the first, fifth, sixth, seventh and ninth innings, and doubled in the third. The team enjoyed at least two hits in every inning aside from the fourth.

His bases-loaded single off lefty reliever Mitch Stetter in the sixth helped bust the game wide open, which is unusual since the left-handed first baseman came into the game batting .190 off left-handed pitching.

Pads Hall of Famer Tony Gywnn went 6-for-7 in an extra-innings game against the San Francisco Giants back in 1993, and even got to witness Gonzelez's feat live from the broadcast booth. Special.

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