More than Machado: Padres in good hands up the middle
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — The San Diego Padres' present got a lot better last week when they signed Manny Machado to play third base.
The future up the middle looks very bright as well, with...
Padres sign Kinsler to $8 million deal, DFA Richard
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Ian Kinsler finalized an $8 million, two-year contract Thursday with the San Diego Padres, who cleared space on the 40-man roster by designating veteran left-hander Clayton Richard for assignment.
It's expected that Kinsler will play second base, allowing rookie Luis Urias to play shortstop until top prospect Fernando Tatis Jr. arrives in the big leagues sometime during the 2019 season.
Kennedy backed by 3 HRs as Padres beat Rockies 7-0
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Padres rookie right-hander Brett Kennedy wasn't dominating, just effective.
"He was missing barrels," San Diego manager Andy Green said. "There was a lot of soft contact."
Kennedy pitched six strong innings, and Franmil Reyes, Luis Urias and Wil Myers all homered to lead the Padres to a 7-0 win over the Colorado Rockies on Friday night.
FANTASY PLAYS: A closer still widely available on waivers
As we head into the final weeks of the fantasy baseball season we must continue to work the waiver wire as rosters expand after September 1. Many of the prospects that will get promoted have already seen some big league action.
Rookie Nix, Padres beat King Felix, Mariners, 2-1
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Even after watching Nelson Cruz drive his 79th pitch over the center field fence to make it a one-run game with one out in the ninth, San Diego Padres rookie Jacob Nix hoped manager Andy Green would let him finish.
Padres promote hotshot prospect Luis Urias
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Padres have promoted yet another prospect from the minor leagues, and this time it's the best one yet.
The Padres selected the contract of 21-year-old Luis Urias, one of baseball's top prospects who is expected to be their second baseman of the future.
Urias was set to bat second against Felix Hernandez in his big league debut in the opener of a two-game series against the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night.
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Texas Rangers manager Jeff Banister remembers the first time he saw Bartolo Colon pitch was in Class A ball in 1995.
"He was young and throwing a million it seemed like," Banister said. "Hitters didn't really enjoy getting into the batter's box."
Colon is no longer throwing a mid-90s fastball, but at age 44 he is still throwing and retiring hitters. He is in the Rangers camp on a minor league contract with a fastball that averaged 87.8 mph last season.