Tag:Padres
Posted on: July 18, 2010 8:31 pm
Edited on: July 18, 2010 9:20 pm
 

Padres players at trade deadline

Bud Black The San Diego Padres have one of the worst offenses in the game, but it may be pitching they seek moving closer to the deadline.

The Padres placed Mat Latos on the 15-day disabled list and are angling to reduce his second-half output to protect against the possibility of injury. Meanwhile, the Padres have to deal without the services of Mike Adams, one of their top relievers (although who isn't?) who landed on the disabled list as well.

Suddenly, the team's best quality -- pitching -- has taken a hit. That might impact what San Diego chases at the deadline but even upgrading the starting rotation is a tall task given the Padres' need to keep most of their payroll tied up in young, cost-controllable entities.

If San Diego is expected to send away multiple young pieces, it'll have to get back someone who will be with the team for more than one year, as Tim Sullivan of the San Diego Union-Tribune says .

One such person may be available and would bring a thunderous stick to the middle of the Friars' order. No, he's not a pitcher, but he is Corey Hart. And when Hart was participating in the Home Run Derby, manager Bud Black didn't pass up an opportunity to bring up a possible transfer to San Diego.

"I did mention, ‘Hey, a lot of those balls would have gone out of Petco,’ " Black (pictured) told Sullivan, "I did say that to gauge his response. And then he kept looking at the TV and said, ‘Yeah, they would have.’ I gauged his reaction to see if he would say, ‘Yeah, I know man, let’s go.’ I didn’t get that.

"I was making sure that he knows we’re watching."

General manager Jed Hoyer does believe that a move might have to be made at the trade deadline -- not just to keep the team in contention, but show the players that the organization has their back.

"There’s certainly something psychological around the deadline," Hoyer said. "Teams are looking for that kick, that jump-start."

Count the Padres among those teams.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: July 17, 2010 1:39 pm
Edited on: July 17, 2010 2:01 pm
 

Padres looking to extend Black

Bud Black The Padres hope to sign manager Bud Black to an extension, the San Diego Union-Tribune 's Bill Center writes .

"I hope something gets done by the end of the season," general manager Jed Hoyer told Center.

The Padres hold a club option for Black in 2011 after he was given a one-year extension last August.

Black is the rare former pitcher to be a manager and the Padres pitching staff has responded to Black, leading the majors in ERA (3.22) and WHIP (1.22).

Black is currently the only former pitcher managing in the big leagues. The last former pitcher to win a playoff series as a manager is Roger Craig (1989) and the last one to win a World Series is Tommy Lasorda (1988).

As manager of the Padres, Black is in his fourth season with a 279-297, including 52-37 this season. His only full-season with a winning record was his first, 2007, when the Padres went 89-74 and finished third in the NL West. As a pitcher, Black was 121-116 with a 3.84 ERA in 15 seasons with five different teams, including a World Series title with the 1985 Royals.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 16, 2010 11:23 pm
 

Padres, Gonzalez haven't discussed extension

Every story you read about the Padres at the midpoint note the team isn't trading Adrian Gonzalez before the deadline now that San Diego finds itself leading the National League West, but Gonzalez's future with the team is all but assured.

Gonzalez is a free agent after the season -- the reason most expected him to be dealt before the deadline if the Padres had performed down to their expected level. A native of San Diego, Gonzalez has expressed his desire to remain with his hometown team, but for a team not known to spend a lot of money, the possibility of that is still unsure.

It would make sense that if the Padres wanted to keep Gonzalez in town, they'd make their best offer before other teams had a chance. But the North County Times ' Dan Hayes tweets the Padres have not had any talk with Gonzalez about an extension. Gonzalez said at the All-Star Game that he's hoping for an eight-year deal.

The problem could be that the Yankees have already signed Mark Teixeira to an eight-year, $180 million deal, taking one of the big spenders out of the running. Boston has Kevin Youkilis and David Ortiz as the first base/designated hitter combo and Kendry Morales looks to be a fixture in Anaheim, leaving most of the usual high-bidders out of the picture, which is what the Padres may be banking on happening.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 15, 2010 10:10 pm
Edited on: July 15, 2010 10:11 pm
 

Latos hurt trying to stifle sneeze


Mat Latos I never, ever wanted to have to type this, but it turns out my wife is right.

She told me it's bad for you to hold back a sneeze and I thought she was full of it. Mat Latos wouldn't argue with her.

The Padres starter tells MLB.com's Corey Brock (via Twitter) that he hurt his left side while trying to hold back a sneeze Friday in Colorado and that was the first time he'd felt the pain.

Brock speculates Latos will be headed to the disabled list on Friday. He hasn't pitched since July 8 and would be eligible to come off the DL on July 24. With an off day on Monday, the Padres won't need a fifth starter until July 24 in Pittsburgh.

The team had hoped to limit Latos to 150-180 innings this season anyway and he has already thrown 106 2/3 innings.

The Padres are already looking to add a starter before the deadline, and any problems with Latos could intensify that need -- however, if it's more serious than a 15-day DL stint, it could damage the team's postseason hopes.

The Padres have the second-lowest payroll in the majors, so they have some flexibility to add money.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Tags: Mat Latos, Padres
 
Posted on: July 14, 2010 11:31 pm
Edited on: July 15, 2010 11:14 am
 

Nine questions for second half

The first half is in the books, and the NL has home-field advantage in the World Series. Now, all that's left is finding out who changes zip codes at the trade deadline and which teams are left standing in October.

Below are nine questions for the second half to answer ...

Are the Padres for real?

The Padres are currently in first place with a 51-37 record, two games ahead of the Dodgers. However, they're doing so on luck, ranking 22nd in runs scored and with a MLB-leading 3.27 ERA. Their 3.81 xFIP suggest there's plenty of regression to be had, and while that xFIP also tops the league, it's the third biggest disparity in the bigs. And San Diego cannot afford regression in its strength. To stay on top, additional help needs to be brought in. Other questions include the surging White Sox, the sexy-sleeper-who-wasn't-supposed-to-be-this-good Reds and the Mets, who will be bolstered by the addition of Carlos Beltran.

Who will be the biggest name traded at the deadline?

There's always a surprise in store, but the early favorite is Florida's Dan Uggla. The Marlins are sliding out of the pennant race and have a second-baseman making $8 million for the penny-pinchers. Uggla will be a nice commodity as he remains under team control for 2011 is having yet another strong season. The Rockies are closely linked to Uggla, but he could end up on any team -- including suitors who may be eyeing him for third base. Don't rule out Adam Dunn being shipped; the White Sox would love to add him to the fold.

Can the Red Sox and Phillies stay afloat?

Boston and Philadelphia have been rocked by injuries, and while plenty of players have stepped in admirably, one can only get by for so long with replacement parts before feeling the sting. One benefit to players going down with injuries is that both teams will eventually be bolstered by returns, but until then, one of three things will happen: 1) Most players will play over their head, 2) Everyone will begin playing to their true level and 3) Trades to bring in complementary pieces will happen. Going with No. 1 is the most foolhardy thing one could do.

Who will be the next impact player from the minor leagues?

There's been a ton of graduations from Triple-A to the majors lately, and that doesn't figure to change in the second half. Domonic Brown could give the Phillies some offense, while Desmond Jennings could do the same for the Rays. How about Aroldis Chapman coming out of the bullpen breathing fire for the Reds or Jeremy Hellickson strengthening the Rays rotation? Could Brett Wallace help usher in a new era in Toronto alongside new shortstop Yunel Escobar? Or will the promotion of Chris Sale to Triple-A serve as a harbinger for a major-league promotion to help the White Sox stay atop the AL Central?

Are the Orioles this bad?

While the O's were overrated entering the year, no one could have expected a 29-59 record at the All-Star break. Now that they have gotten rid of the chaff (goodbye, Garrett Atkins) and are on the verge of getting Felix Pie back, they should play significantly better to the point where it's questionable if they end up with the No. 1 overall pick in 2011's amateur draft. (Key word: Should.) Cleveland and Pittsburgh have better chances of playing worse than Baltimore. It's hard to imagine the O's remaining pathetic, but in a division where the No. 4 team has a 44-45 record, the going will be tough. Another storyline to follow with the Orioles is who the new manager will be -- all indications point to Buck Showalter.

Will Bryce Harper sign with the Nationals?

The signing deadline for prospects is August 16, and many signings will take place around that time. It's hard to imagine Harper turning down an opportunity to get into pro ball right away -- after all, every move of his to date has been with that goal in mind. For Washington's part, there's been a ton of good feelings surrounding the team lately. By failing to sign another young phenom, the Nats' armor would be dented. The move makes too much sense for both sides. The Pirates should ink Jameson Taillon, but can the Dodgers prove everyone wrong that the selection of Zach Lee wasn't motivated by finances? Lee is considered virtually unsignable, and the Dodgers have money woes. Probably not, but it will be just as intriguing a storyline as Harper's decision.

Can anyone hit 40 home runs?

Currently, Jose Bautista leads the majors in homers with 24. He's on pace to end up with 44, but regression to the mean figures to hit Bautista severely in the second half. Josh Hamilton, Adam Dunn, Miguel Cabrera and Joey Votto all rank second with 22, and all have excellent chances of cracking 40 -- but it's far from certain. And if Albert Pujols can get hot -- he's on pace for just his third season with an OPS under 1.000 out of 10 -- watch out. The best chance of anyone? Dunn, if he goes to the White Sox or another park kind to big boppers.

Can the Year of the Pitcher continue?

There have been two no-hitters and two official perfect games (one unofficial) so far on the year. It's an unheard of mark, and will be fascinating to see if the trend can continue. There are plenty of quality pitchers on the mound and hitters have looked overmatched all year long. Which is why baseball could very well see someone not hit 40 home runs in a season. Keep your eye on this list -- one of those may be celebrating on a mound near you.

Pay attention to Josh Johnson of the Marlins as well, who has a scant 1.70 ERA and would be the first pitcher since Roger Clemens in 2005 (1.87) to have an ERA below 2.00 if he keeps this up.

Who will win the playoff races?

The AL East has quite the three-way battle brewing between the Yankees, Rays and Red Sox. Two are certain to get into the playoffs thanks to the wild card. One will be playing golf in October. While the Red Sox are currently in third place, more advanced standings suggest Boston should be in second place, while the Yankees are just a few key injuries away from their older and productive stars from tumbling off a cliff. The White Sox, Tigers and Twins are locked in their own-three way battle. And don't count the Angels out of the West just yet.

Over in the NL, Atlanta has a nice lead, but the Mets and Phillies refuse to die, the Central has what promises to be an entertaining seesaw battle between the Cardinals and Reds, and the NL West is anyone's game -- well, except for the Diamondbacks. Will a Game 163 be played again this year? With so many tight races, the odds are strong.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: July 13, 2010 6:52 pm
Edited on: July 13, 2010 7:58 pm
 

Rays, Giants interested in Hart

Corey Hart Could Corey Hart be on the move?

The Brewers' outfielder, who has 21 home runs at the break and participated at the Home Run Derby, has the Giants, Rays and Padres interested, says John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle .

Hart is under team control through 2011, which certainly works in his favor as the cash-strapped Giants, Rays and Padres would like to make a move with the long-term in mind. However, Milwaukee is expected to ask for starting pitching in return and the Giants have stated they will not be trading any.

Closer Brian Wilson believes the Giants are just fine without Hart.

"I think we've got just what we need," he said. "Would it help [to add a bat]? Of course it would help. Putting a big hitter in the lineup would help any team. We're excited about what we have."

On Sunday, Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune tweeted the "Rays appear to be getting serious" about Hart and have Jeremy Hellickson available. Hellickson is 11-2 in Triple-A as a starter with a 2.21 ERA. The lefty is banging down the door to the majors, but the Rays are deep with top prospect Wade Davis occupying the fifth spot and Andy Sonnastine in the bullpen.

Although Davis has a ton of promise, he has a 4.69 ERA and Hellickson may be better prepared to give the Rays quality innings down the stretch. The Brewers would be able to afford to groom Davis for the remainder of the year and have to love his strikeout potential -- but not his four walks per nine innings.

One thing is clear: the Brewers need pitching and the Rays may be the best fit with a stockpile of young pitching and a clear need for offense, whether that's out of the DH spot or outfield.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: July 10, 2010 11:44 pm
 

Futures Game lineups set

The All-Star Futures Game is set for 6 p.m. ET on Sunday in Anaheim, and Saturday the starting lineups were released.

Starting on the mound for the U.S. team will be right-hander Jeremy Hellickson, who is 11-2 with a 2.21 ERA for Triple-A Durham in the Rays system. The World team will start a Double-A right-hander, Dominican Simon Castro. He is 5-2 with a 2.74 with San Antonio in the Padres system.

You can see complete lineups here, and full rosters here.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: July 8, 2010 1:14 pm
Edited on: July 8, 2010 2:23 pm
 

Ranking the suitors for Lee


Cliff Lee Is your team in on the Cliff Lee sweepstakes?

Chances are -- unless you're a Pirates or Orioles fan, the answer is yes.

An anonymous source tells Newsday's Ken Davidoff that "pretty much every team within five games of the playoffs" has called the Mariners about Lee.

So, if you're counting, that's 17 teams, nine National League squads and eight American League clubs.

Besides the whole 15 games under .500 thing, Seattle general manager Jack Zduriencik must feel like the prettiest girl in school.

This is far from a final list, and I could be completely wrong -- but here's a listing of the possibilities in some semblance of an order. Feel free to offer your own favorites.

1. Twins -- still a good possibility, they've got the desire, the prospects (Wilson Ramos, Aaron Hicks) and with a new ballpark, they also have an influx of cash and urgency to do something special. With Lee, we could have some postseason snow-outs.

2. Mets -- the other New York team is always out there trying too hard -- like your one friend who gets a little too dressed up and has that extra spray (or four) of cologne when you go out. Sadly, he always seems to strike out.

3. Reds -- never underestimate the desire of an owner to make a splash. Bob Castellini is an emotional owner and believes firmly in his town's desire to see a winner and ultimately support it. If the Mariners want corner prospects, the Reds could dangle Yonder Alonso and Juan Francisco -- blocked by Joey Votto and Scott Rolen's three-year extension, respectively. There's also Todd Frazier, who can play about anywhere, and pitchers Matt Maloney and Travis Wood, who could be added to the rotation right away.

4. Rangers -- they're not as long of a long shot as you might think. Lee's not about money. It's about prospects, and Justin Smoak is a prospect that would fit perfectly. Roy Oswalt would be costly; Lee is only $4 million for the rest of the season. If money's still an issue, they could sweeten the pot with another prospect. MLB -- the organization -- has a vested interest in the Rangers and they'd likely loan the Rangers the money to make it work. A Rangers team in the playoffs is more valuable to a bidder than one that breaks down in August.

5. Yankees -- the team could go get him, but why rent him now and give up prospects when you've still got a good shot at winning and will just buy him in the offseason, anyway. That way you keep the prospects. But with the Yankees, you've always got to have them in the discussion. They're a courtesy top five, due to the fact they're the Yankees.

6. Rays -- pitching depth isn't a problem in this system, but they have a potential impact bat in B.J. Upton, and a serviceable catcher in Dioner Navarro. A Lee-David Price front of the rotation could be lights-out in a short series.

7. Phillies -- yeah, the Phillies could add the former Phillie, but it would likely cost them Domonic Brown -- who GM Ruben Amaro Jr. wouldn't give up for Roy Halladay. The desire is there, but the prospects may not be.

8. White Sox -- the news on Jake Peavy makes them the highest-riser on the list, plus GM Kenny Williams loves to make a splash, and this would certainly qualify.

9. Cardinals -- despite needs to fill out their rotation, the Cardinals are reportedly looking for bats more than arms. Still, it's tempting to think of a playoff rotation of Lee, Chris Carpenter and Adam Wainwright -- that would make them a favorite based on "the great" Albert Pujols' offense alone.

10. Tigers -- Detroit could use him, that's for sure. GM Dave Dombrowski has never shied away from a big deal, but it's unclear whether Detroit has the juice in either prospects or cash to get it done.

11. Red Sox -- a lot of needs with all their injures, Lee would be a luxury -- not that they haven't indulged in those in the past.

12. Braves -- Atlanta could certainly use Lee -- who couldn't? -- but they don't seem like a fit in either needs or assets. The Braves, more likely will be crossing their fingers that Lee doesn't land in the NL East, which is still up for grabs.

13. Rockies -- they are more likely to fine-tune than to do anything big. GM Dan O'Dowd has prized prospects and is unlikely to mortgage the future for a rent-a-player.

14. Padres -- sure, they're broke and they're pitching well, but there is some reason here. 1. Owner Jeff Moorad has said he'll deal for an arm if he can, and 2. most of the Padres arms are young arms. Mat Latos, Wade LeBlanc and Clayton Richard may not only tire down the stretch, Latos, at least, is on an innings count of 150 to 180 and he's already an out away from 100 innings on the season.

15. Giants -- looking for bats, not arms.

16. Angels -- ditto.

17. Dodgers -- Jamie McCourt is unlikely to give any of her alimony to help Frank out.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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