Padres’ Wil Myers moving from 3B back to the outfield
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Wil Myers said Saturday he's moving back to the rebuilding Padres' crowded outfield, indicating that San Diego likely is still in the market for a third baseman.
Myers said the decision to switch positions yet again was made during a recent discussion with general manager A.J. Preller and manager Andy Green.
Padres fire hitting coach Matt Stairs after lackluster year
SAN DIEGO (AP) — In an almost annual exercise, the San Diego Padres are searching for a new hitting coach after Matt Stairs was fired Tuesday following just one year on the job.
The rebuilding Padres continued to rank at or near the bottom of the majors in key offensive stats under Stairs.
His replacement will be the Padres' 10th hitting coach since Petco Park opened in 2004.
Padres scouting vice president Don Welke dies at 75
SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego Padres vice president of scouting Don Welke has died. He was 75.
The team says he died Wednesday night in San Diego surrounded by family. No cause was given.
Welke worked in baseball for more than 50 years. He joined the Padres in 2014, following general manager A.J. Preller from the Texas Rangers to San Diego. Welke also worked the Phillies, Dodgers, Orioles, Blue Jays, Royals and Reds.
Padres pitching prospect Lucchesi set to make MLB debut
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The rebuilding San Diego Padres will get their first real look at one of their hotshot pitching prospects, Joey Lucchesi, earlier than originally expected.
The 24-year-old lefty, sent down to the minors on Saturday after a strong spring training, is scheduled to make his big league debut Friday night against the Milwaukee Brewers.
The Yankees and Red Sox are among the teams that pitcher and outfielder Shohei Ohtani has ruled out, and it seems the Japanese star will likely pursue a smaller market nearer to the West Coast.
Padres give GM Preller 3-year contract extension
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Padres have given general manager A.J. Preller a three-year contract extension through the 2022 season.
Preller's original contract, signed when he was hired on Aug. 6, 2014, was to have run through 2019.
Padres sign Erlin, tender contracts to 39 players for 2018
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Padres have signed left-hander Robbie Erlin to a major league deal and tendered contracts to 39 players for the 2018 season.
San Diego general manager A.J. Preller announced the moves Friday night.
The Padres avoided salary arbitration with the 27-year-old Erlin by agreeing to pay him $650,000 while in the major leagues and $272,500 in the minors.
Padres hire Matt Stairs as hitting coach
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The rebuilding San Diego Padres have hired Matt Stairs as their hitting coach.
Stairs replaces Alan Zinter, who was fired on Sept. 1. Stairs is the Padres' ninth hitting coach since Petco Park opened in 2004.
The move was announced Monday.
Stairs, 49, spent the 2017 season as the hitting coach for the Philadelphia Phillies, his first professional coaching position. He played parts of 19 seasons in the major leagues with 12 different franchises, including the Padres in 2010.
Padres sign pitcher Clayton Richard to $6M, 2-year contract
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The rebuilding San Diego Padres and left-hander Clayton Richard agreed to a $6 million, two-year contract Wednesday that runs through 2019.
The 34-year-old Richard is the oldest player on the team, which doesn't envision being competitive until 2019 or 2020. He is 7-14 with a 4.82 ERA and has thrown 185 innings this season.
Padres sign lefty Richard to 2-year contract extension
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The rebuilding San Diego Padres have extended the contract of left-hander Clayton Richard through the 2019 season.
Richard, 34, is the oldest player on the team, which doesn't envision being competitive until 2019 or 2020.
Richard is 7-14 with a 4.82 ERA and has thrown 185 innings.
General manager A.J. Preller said Wednesday that Richard wanted to remain with the Padres, and that his veteran presence in a clubhouse full of young players is valuable.
Padres extend manager Andy Green three years
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The San Diego Padres committed to their rebuilding program under Andy Green, giving their manager a three-year extension Sunday through 2021.
"I can't hide my happiness," Green said. "I'm thrilled and excited to be able to staying here to lead this organization. There is no other place I'd rather be."
Green, 40, is in the second year of his original contract with the struggling Padres (51-65), and the organization is encouraged by the way he has handled his young team.
Gore and Padres agree to $6.7 million signing bonus
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Left-hander MacKenzie Gore, the third overall pick in this year's amateur draft, has agreed to a minor league contract with the San Diego Padres that includes a $6.7 signing bonus.
San Diego called a Saturday news conference with Gore, general manager A.J. Preller and director of scouting Mark Conner to announce the agreement.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — There's no pretending anymore with the San Diego Padres.
They still shy away from using the word "rebuilding," but that's exactly what they're doing.
Their crazy, expensive shopping spree of two offseasons ago is a faded memory, with only All-Star first baseman Wil Myers remaining from a failed win-now attempt that saw them shed several propsects for established major leaguers who couldn't even deliver a winning season.
Cuban pitcher Hernandez agrees to $2.5M deal with Padres
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Cuban left-hander Osvaldo Hernandez has agreed to a minor league contract with the San Diego Padres with a $2.5 million signing bonus.
The 18-year-old had a 0.92 ERA in 68 2/3 innings in Cuba's under-18 league last year, striking out 84 and walking 23. At the U-18 Pan American championship last Oxtober, he allowed three runs and five hits over 9 2/3 innings in two appearances against the U.S.
Padres head into spring deep in rebuilding mode
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Ever the optimist, San Diego Padres manager Andy Green fully supports general manager A.J. Preller's deep rebuild and suggests that fans "embrace the process."
To put it another way, no one's expecting to plan a championship parade anytime soon.
Preller mixes with other GMs for first time since suspension
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Three weeks after his 30-day suspension ended, San Diego general manager A.J. Preller is mixing with his fellow general managers at baseball's annual GMs meeting.
Major League Baseball suspended Preller without pay on Sept. 15 after a league investigation showed the Padres had withheld medical information from trade partners, including a July deal that sent All-Star left-hander Drew Pomeranz to Boston.
Padres GM Preller: Ability to deal not harmed by suspension
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Padres general manager A.J. Preller said Wednesday that 10 teams have inquired about San Diego players since his 30-day suspension ended, including one that wanted to make a trade, a signal that his ability to deal with other clubs wasn't damaged by the unprecedented punishment.
Preller was suspended by Major League Baseball without pay on Sept. 15 for failing to disclose medical information when All-Star lefty Drew Pomeranz was traded to the Boston Red Sox in July.
Mike Dee out as Padres president following miserable season
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Mike Dee is out as president of the San Diego Padres, who were embroiled in a major controversy toward the end of another miserable season.
Managing partner Peter Seidler offered little insight into Dee's departure Wednesday. He denied Dee was fired, but wouldn't say whether Dee resigned or if it was a mutual decision.
Seidler said Dee's contract wasn't set to expire until August 2018.
Manfred say penalty against Padres GM ‘speaks for itself’
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Commissioner Rob Manfred is confident Major League Baseball teams fully disclose medical records, but said his office has demonstrated that it will use discipline as a way to discourage rules violations.
Manfred's comments during an appearance in Texas on Tuesday came less than a week after MLB suspended Padres general manager A.J. Preller for 30 days without pay for his actions in the Drew Pomeranz trade to Boston.
MLB suspends Padres GM Preller 30 days over Pomeranz trade
BOSTON (AP) — Major League Baseball suspended Padres general manager A.J. Preller for 30 days without pay on Thursday, hitting the San Diego executive with an unprecedented punishment for failing to disclose medical information when pitcher Drew Pomeranz was traded to the Boston Red Sox in July.
MLB suspends Padres general manager A.J. Preller for 30 days without pay after investigating Drew Pomeranz trade to Red Sox
NEW YORK (AP) — MLB suspends Padres general manager A.J. Preller for 30 days without pay after investigating Drew Pomeranz trade to Red Sox.
The hottest part of a July day in Phoenix is as good a place as any to begin trying to understand how the Padres have gotten here and where they think they’re going.
With a left-hander on the mound on Monday, Luis Sardinas made his debut at second base as Ryan Schimpf got the day off. Today, the 23-year-old Sardinas will slide over to shortstop, where he’s expected to see the majority of his time with the Padres.
Acquired Aug. 15 from the Mariners for a player to be named later, Sardinas went 1-for-3 with a single, a steal and an eventual catch in shallow right field in which he survived a collision with Patrick Kivlehan.
Sez Me …
It would be a snap to say Matt Kemp had to go to Atlanta to become a disappointment to me — except, according to Matt, he was a disappointment to me, himself and everybody but the hoteliers the entire time he was in San Diego.
This is why the Padres salary-dumped their wealthy right fielder to the Braves in exchange for an alleged woman abuser who never will wear Padres brown and gold, or blue and white, or camouflage, or whatever colors they choose to...
Chris Paddack may yet develop into a major leaguer. He’ll just have to adjust his ETA.
The Padres’ return in the Fernando Rodney deal, the 20-year-old Paddack has a tear in his ulnar collateral ligament, General Manager A.J. Preller confirmed late Saturday night. As such, Paddack is likely headed toward a Tommy John elbow reconstruction that would shelve him for the next 14 to 18 months.
Paddack was riding a string of 15 straight no-hit innings when the Padres...
San Diego’s youth movement began long before Alex Dickerson’s bruised hip prevented him from settling into the clean-up spot, before rookie Jose Rondon collected his first major league hit in his first start at shortstop Saturday night.
Nothing can slow it down now.
With the departing Matt Kemp removed from the lineup before the start of a 2-1 victory earned on Adam Rosales’ 10th-inning, walk-off homer, last-minute juggling had Wil Myers shifting from first...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Cuban prospect Jorge Ona and the San Diego Padres have agreed to a minor league contract with a $7 million signing bonus.
The 19-year-old outfielder receives $4.9 million within 30 days of the deal's approval by the commissioner's office and $2.1 million on Jan. 15. The deal is pending a physical.
Ona was ranked as the No. 8 international prospect of the 2016 class by MLB.com and the fourth-best available Cuban player earlier this year by...
It very well may be true that Padres General Manager A.J. Preller has his scouts scouring baby nurseries in local hospitals to find replacements for Drew Pomeranz and Fernando Rodney.
If that fails, he may check out OBGYNs’ ultrasounds to find a future left-handed starter or right-handed closer who hasn’t been born yet.
Forget A.J. using Bill James’ “Baseball Abstract.” Try “Dr. Spock’s Baby and Child Care.”
Red Sox acquire All-Star lefty Pomeranz from Padres
BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox acquired All-Star Drew Pomeranz from the San Diego Padres on Thursday night, adding a third left-hander to the rotation as they push to return to the playoffs after consecutive last-place finishes.
Boston sent righty Anderson Espinoza to San Diego. The 18-year-old righty was ranked the No. 15 prospect in the country by Baseball America.
"We think (Pomeranz) makes us better now," president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said...