Tag:San Diego Padres
Posted on: July 31, 2009 3:03 pm
Edited on: July 31, 2009 3:13 pm

Dodgers talking Gonzalez, Bell with San Diego

The Los Angeles Dodgers, who appear to have moved on from their talks with Toronto for ace Roy Halladay, are talking with the San Diego Padres about a potential blockbuster deal in which they would acquire both first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and closer Heath Bell, sources with knowledge of the Dodgers' plans have told CBSSports.com.

Gonzalez, a two-time All-Star, was hitting .252 with 28 home runs and 59 RBI in 103 games for the Padres this season. The Padres long have said they have not wanted to trade him but began listening to offers within the last several days.

San Diego conducted extensive talks with Boston regarding Gonzalez over the past 48 hours but those finally ended less than two hours before the trade deadline when the Red Sox acquired Victor Martinez.

If the Dodgers are able to pull this off, it would be the second closer they've acquired in two days -- they nabbed Baltimore's George Sherrill on Thursday. Also, presumably Gonzalez would replace James Loney at first base. There is no word yet on whom the Dodgers would send back in the deal.

Meantime, the Dodgers aren't the only Southern California team attempting to land Bell: The Los Angeles Angels also are engaged in serious discussions with the Padres while attempting to bolster their bullpen.

Posted on: July 31, 2009 2:37 am

Padres continue talking Gonzalez with Boston

The Boston Red Sox continued to work feverishly on multiple trade possibilities late Thursday night, sources with knowledge of the discussions said, continuing conversations with Cleveland regarding slugging catcher Victor Martinez and with San Diego regarding first baseman Adrian Gonzalez.

It is believed that Clay Buchholz would be part of a package sent to the Indians for Martinez, if the Red Sox elect to go that route.

The Padres, looking for young arms, likely would require some combination of Buchholz, Michael Bowden, Daniel Bard and others in the deal. One source with knowledge of the talks said late Thursday night that the Padres also were discussing Gonzalez with another unidentified team.


Posted on: July 30, 2009 2:26 pm

Sherrill, Bell talks continue

The demand for relief pitchers continues to produce a seller's market, with San Diego closer Heath Bell and Baltimore closer George Sherrill among those receiving plenty of interest as Friday's 4 p.m. EDT non-waivers trade deadline approaches.

The Orioles continue to field offers on Sherrill, with "seven or eight" clubs involved, according to CBSSports.com sources. Both Los Angeles teams, the Dodgers and Angels, are among those involved. The Chicago Cubs, looking to add a lefty reliever and already having spoken with Pittsburgh about John Grabow and with Washington about Joe Beimel, also are believed to be involved.

The Orioles control the 32-year-old Sherrill for two more seasons (he's making $2.75 million this year) and, as such, feel no urgency to move him.

As of early Thursday afternoon, Baltimore was still talking with clubs and had nothing imminent in place. The Orioles, quite simply, are looking for young talent in return. They've already broken in rookie catcher Matt Wieters this year and highly touted right-hander Chris Tillman made his big-league debut Wednesday night against Kansas City.

If they do deal with the Dodgers, they likely would demand one of two young infielders -- Josh Bell or Blake DeWitt -- and, in dealings with the Angels, young infielders Brandon Wood and Sean Rodriguez surely will be discussed.

As for Bell, the Padres so far have not been able to swing a deal with the Florida Marlins, with whom they were engaged in discussions deep into Wednesday night. Reportedly, the Marlins have rebuffed San Diego's request for one of two young starters, either Andrew Miller or Sean West. Both are power arms who fit into Florida's future plans.

While the Padres still could become re-engaged with the Marlins, close to a dozen other clubs have been speaking with Padres about Bell.

Posted on: July 30, 2009 12:21 am
Edited on: July 30, 2009 12:24 am

Pads talk Gonzalez with Boston, Bell with Florida

The Boston Red Sox continue to swing for the fences, exploring impact trades on all fronts: As of Wednesday night, according to CBSSports.com sources, they were in on Toronto ace Roy Halladay, Cleveland slugger Victor Martinez and, in a very intriguing twist, San Diego first baseman Adrian Gonzalez.

The Gonzalez development is the most recent. The Red Sox had approached the Padres several weeks ago but were told at that time that Gonzalez was staying put. San Diego now appears to have had a change of heart and is at least exploring a potential deal for its All-Star slugger less than 48 hours before Friday's 4 p.m. EDT non-waivers trade deadline.

The cost-cutting Padres are looking for young, controllable players, especially starting pitchers. To move Gonzalez, it probably would cost Boston multiple young arms, likely from the group of Clay Buchholz, Michael Bowden and Daniel Bard, and probably a young position player or two.

Those also are pitchers about whom Toronto has inquired during talks for Halladay, according to sources. So Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein, who has proven adept in the past at multi-tasking down parallel trade lines, has some serious decisions to make in these last 30-some hours.

Meantime, the Padres are fielding several inquiries about closer Heath Bell and appeared to be engaged in serious discussions with the Florida Marlins. One source with knowledge of the talks said the Padres are asking for premier young pitchers and that there might not be a match.

If there is, and the Padres wind up shipping Bell to Florida and Gonzalez to Boston, then they probably could fill their closer's role with one of the young arms they acquire, such as Bard.

As for the Red Sox, it's clear that they have their sights set on an impact trade. Gonzalez or Martinez would be a huge boost to a slumping lineup. Left fielder Jason Bay, for example, was batting just .203 in the month of July into Wednesday night's game with Oakland. He had just one homer and five RBI in the month, with 24 strikeouts in 69 at-bats.

In the Halladay deal, Boston is said to be willing to part with  Buchholz, he of the no-hitter two summers ago. But the Red Sox reportedly will not include outfielder Ryan Westmoreland and pitcher-shortstop Casey Kelly -- each a 2008 draft pick -- in any potential deal.



Posted on: July 6, 2009 8:17 pm

Black, Padres talking extension

While Cleveland general manager Mark Shapiro announced the other day that manager Eric Wedge definitely will be retained through the rest of this season (Wedge is signed through 2010), another manager is close to landing some security of his own.

San Diego and manager Bud Black, whose deal expires after the 2009 season, are having ongoing conversations about a contract extension, and the two sides are hoping to reach an agreement sometime this month. There are still significant details to be worked out, such as length of the extension and salary. But there is desire on both sides to get it done, leading to the current optimism that it will get done.

"They should," veteran outfielder Brian Giles said. "We've got a lot of young guys, and that comes with a lot of growing pains. I think he's done a good job with the team they've put together."

The economically downsizing Padres weren't expected to contend this season. But they've played far better than expected following last year's 101-loss disaster. And handed a roster far more versatile than last summer's slow-footed, non-athletic group, Black has been able to expand his managing chops.

"I've seen him grow as a manager," said Padres closer Heath Bell who, like Black, arrived in San Diego in 2007. "He's gotten a little better with strategy each year. I've seen him do a little more each year."

Bell especially complimented Black's style of privately asking veterans for input at times and keeping them apprised of what he's thinking. Padres management was especially impressed when the normally low-key Black blistered his team following a sloppy, 0-6 trip through Houston and Chicago in May.

Following that, the Padres responded with a season-high 10-game winning streak and won 12 of 15.

"I think it would be good for the organization," if Black is retained, Bell said. "I think it would be pretty positive."

Likes: Eric Wedge mostly is getting killed by Cleveland fans right now. But I will say this: Whether he eventually stays or goes, it is nice to see an organization (and by that, I mean general manager Mark Shapiro, especially) take some of the responsibility for what's gone wrong instead of simply blaming it all on the manager. Fans love to see skippers get the ax, and often it's warranted. But it's rarely that simple. ... Very classy move by the Chicago White Sox in dedicating a memorial at U.S. Cellular Field to the late, legendary baseball writer Jerome Holtzman. The case, in the lobby area of the park, even includes a cigar among the typewriter and assorted other artifacts from the career of Holtzman, who passed away a year ago this month. ... Netflix the two-disc DVD from the old Johnny Cash Show and, if you like music, you will not be disappointed. It's a greatest-hits sort of collection from Cash's old television show that ran in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and among the guests are the Creedence Clearwater Revival (you sure don't get a chance to see them perform every day), a very young Bob Dylan, Louis Armstrong (he seems like he was a very sweet man), a very young James Taylor, Glen Campbell, Kris Kristofferson, Derek and the Dominos, Ray Charles and many, many more. Very enjoyable. And I didn't realize how eclectic that show was back in the day when it came to various musical styles.

Dislikes: Really, really bad news: Sean Penn is out of The Three Stooges movie. Awwww.

Rock 'N' Roll Lyric of the Day:

"It was 1989, my thoughts were short my hair was long
"Caught somewhere between a boy and man
"She was seventeen and she was far from in-between
"It was summertime in Northern Michigan
"Splashing through the sand bar
"Talking by the campfire
"It's the simple things in life, like when and where
"We didn't have no internet
"But man I never will forget
"The way the moonlight shined upon her hair"

-- Kid Rock, All Summer Long


Posted on: June 24, 2009 10:47 pm

Word of advice on foul balls: Duck

OK, now. Let's see. To write and post a blog. ...

How does this computer thing work again?

Forgive me if I seem a little tentative. See, I've been without my laptop for the past week or so. It was blasted by a foul ball while I was working in San Diego's Petco Park last Wednesday, sending it immediately to the disabled list and me scrambling.

Ah, the joys -- and hazards -- of making your living as a baseball writer.

San Diego catcher Nick Hundley was the culprit. He sliced a foul ball against Seattle that came rocketing straight back toward the press box at warp speed. I mean, it was screaming.

I saw the ball whistling straight at me, so I did what pretty much anybody from a working stiff to a fourth grader would do in the computer age: I immediately risked life and limb to protect the doggone laptop.

You were thinking, "Duck"?

Or, perhaps, "Try and catch it, dummy"?

No dice on either of those.

What I did was wrap my right arm in front of the laptop, positioning myself to block the ball from making a crash landing. The plan, devised in, oh, a split-second, was to knock the ball down with my hand.


It was sort of like Texas catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia attempting to corral Jason Jennings' sinker with the Giants' Nate Schierholz on third base and the score tied in the 11th inning in San Francisco on Saturday night. Wild pitch, Schierholz scored, game over.

The ball was sinking so quickly I didn't get my hand down in time. I missed. The baseball smashed into the back of the computer screen. Game over.

In this case, E-W didn't mean the magazine Entertainment Weekly. No, it was E-Writer. Though several colleagues sitting near me in the press box enthusiastically commented on what a good thing it was that I did miss, otherwise I may have a broken hand.

Instead, it was just the laptop screen.

Fortunately, the hard drive stuff was fine. And my friend Tim lent me a monitor, which, when plugged into my laptop, at least allowed me to see stuff on that screen.

The Dell technician came by the house on Tuesday and installed a new screen, and 15 minutes later, presto. I was portable again. I can actually bring my laptop with me to the ballpark and work there. What a thing.

I'm telling you, it was six harrowing days.

Meantime, two days after the, uh, incident, the Padres placed Hundley on the disabled list with a bruised wrist.

They couldn't have done that 48 hours earlier?

Glad to see Jim Tracy get another chance to manage. After the way things ended for him in Pittsburgh, you bet he's thrilled to get another opportunity in Colorado. ... Love to see the way Juan Pierre, one of the best and hardest-working guys around, has taken advantage of the absence of Manny Ramirez. ... Blueberries in the summer. There are few better things. ... Caught up with a rash of music-related DVDs lately and highly recommend Neil Young's Heart of Gold, the Jonathan Demme-directed concert video shot at the legendary Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn. . ... Also enjoyed I Am Trying To Break Your Heart, the documentary tracking the band Wilco through the making of its classic disc, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. Very interesting behind-the-scenes stuff regarding how a band writes songs, puts an album together and then deals with record companies.

Dislikes: The Manny Ramirez circus in Albuquerque. Good for the baseball fans in that city that they get to see a superstar in person. And when he returns to the Dodgers, I'm sure I'll be writing plenty about it. But though I considered flying to Albuquerque for Manny's games there this week, I'll be damned if I'm going to join the circus and feed the hype before I have to.

Rock 'N' Roll Lyric of the Day:

"There's bourbon on the breath
of the singer you love so much
He takes all his words from the books
that you don't read anyway"

-- Wilco, Poor Places

Posted on: June 17, 2009 12:38 am
Edited on: June 17, 2009 12:40 am

Father's Day gifts: Jumper cables? Turtle Wax?

Look, I wasn't trying to start trouble, really I wasn't.

But I heard this story that Tony Gwynn Jr. parked his vehicle at his parents' house before heading out to spring training this year, asked dad to start it to keep the battery charged, and when he returned home following his May 21 trade to San Diego his ride was ... dead.

"Oh, that was happening every year," Gwynn Jr. says, chuckling. "I leave my car with my parents because I don't like leaving it at my house when I'm gone, and I need somebody to start my car."

Good plan, right?

Go on, young Mr. Gwynn.

"They have enough cars as it is and they can't really put it in the garage, so they leave it outside by where the sprinkers are," Gwynn Jr. says. "And the sprinklers run over it all the time. And I come back every year and it never fails. My car doesn't start. My parents have forgotten to start it, or they can't find the keys, or something happens. All the time.

"But it's funny because I remember having to drive down to the ballpark (as a kid) plenty of times with my uncle to go down and start dad's car and make sure it was running, make sure it didn't go dead while he was on the road trip. Now the favor needs to be returned and. ..."

And, the engine is deader than Benjamin Franklin.

"This time it was that they weren't expecting me until September," Gwynn Jr. said, grinning. "But I appreciate them, though. They do a good job taking care of a lot of stuff."

So let the record show:

Tony Gwynn Sr. won eight batting titles, tying Honus Wagner for most ever in the National League.

But, apparently, he's 0-fer in keeping his son's car running during the seasons since Tony Jr. was drafted in 2003.

"What he didn't tell you was that he's got a gigantic gangsta speaker in the back of his trunk that sucks the life out of his battery," Gwynn Sr. says, laughing. "That's why it didn't start. We start it every week.

"Now, it did sit outside and get dirty. But to be honest, we didn't expect him back until September. I'd have had it cleaned and washed by then. But the truth of the matter is, he's got one of those big, ol' speakers that sucks the life out of the battery.

"Hey, I'll take the blame. That's what mom and dad are for. We have to take the hits, and that's fine.

"But when it didn't start, guess whose car he took? Dad's. And I said, 'Go for it.'"

Likes: Love the old-fashioned stirrups Arizona State was wearing during the Sun Devils' College World Series game against Texas on Monday.

Dislikes: Dontrelle Willis, struggling badly.

Rock 'N' Roll Lyric of the Day:

"So baby, don't expect to see me
"With no double martini in any high-brow society news
"'Cause I got them steadily depressin', lowdown mind-messin'
"Workin' at the car wash blues"

-- Jim Croce, Workin' at the Car Wash Blues

Posted on: June 12, 2009 9:36 pm
Edited on: June 12, 2009 10:56 pm

Peavy hurt, could miss two to three months

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- After nearly eight months of rumors, Jake Peavy may be off the trade market this summer.

The Padres will place their ace right-hander on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with an ankle injury that could sideline him for as long as three months, well past the July 31 trade deadline. At the very least, he's not expected to return until after the July 15 All-Star Game.

Peavy, who was hurt while running the bases on May 22, was diagnosed with a strained tendon in his right foot. Technically, it's a strain of the posterior tibialis, a muscle that starts under the tibia and runs behind the ankle and attaches to the navicular, one of the main bones in the arch.

The Padres say there is some tearing in the muscle and tendon and that Peavy will wear a cast for two to four weeks. He is in a hard cast now and will be re-evaluated after two weeks, at which point he will either switch to a walking boot or, if the healing hasn't progressed far enough, he'll remain in a hard cast.

Best-case scenario is that Peavy can return in about a month, but there's no question the club is concerned it could be longer.

"It could be eight weeks, easy," Todd Hutcheson, San Diego's head athletic trainer, said Friday before the Padres opened a series against the Los Angeles Angels. "It could be 12 weeks if things don't come along as fast as we'd like them to.

"It's a little, tiny muscle, but it sure makes a difference in how his leg works.

"We've got to make sure we do the right thing."

Peavy first felt a twinge in the foot while rounding third on May 22 following a Tony Gwynn double when, thinking he could score, he instead made a quick stop.

"My ankle slid a little," Peavy said. "I didn't feel anything jarring. It was just a little uncomfortable."

Peavy didn't even mention anything to the training staff until the next day, when the pain continued and he thought he had injured his Achilles tendon. With heavy treatment, he made his next three starts. But the pain in his foot continued.

"I know it hurt and I wasn't 100 percent, but I thought I was good enough to be out there," Peavy said.

To a degree, it was: It has not bothered him when he's moving forward in his delivery to the plate.

"I can move forward, but it really bothers me if I have to run to my side or angle over to cover first," he said.

Though Peavy and the club both say the pitcher did not further damage his foot by attempting to pitch with the pain, the determination was finally made following an MRI exam on Friday that he could inflict further damage  if he continues to push it.

"It could get worse if he's not able to plant (the foot properly)," Hutcheson said. "If you can't stabilize the foot, then your mechanics are going to change, and if you change your mechanics you risk (an arm injury)."

The injury not only is a blow to the Padres, who were 28-31 and 11 games behind first-place Los Angeles in the National League West entering Friday night's game, on the field, but also in the trade market. The club remains roughly $5 million over its self-imposed $40 million budget and has been attempting to deal Peavy since November.

Ironically, this injury occurred on May 22, the day Peavy formally rejected the Padres' attempt to trade him to the Chicago White Sox.


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