Omar Minaya is leaving his job as senior vice president with the
"I have long considered myself a players' administrator, with a complete belief that the players are not only the face of the game, but they provide the sport with its heart and soul," Minaya said in a press release. "I share the players' and Tony's views on the state of the game, especially as they relate to what active and inactive players are doing to help develop the game, widen its appeal and excite the next generation of players, while ensuring the intergrity of the competition on the field is maintained."
Minaya became the majors' first Hispanic general manager with the Expos in 2002. He then left the Expos to become the Mets general manager in 2004. He was fired by the Mets after the 2010 season, and he has been with the Padres since December 2011.
Cuban prospect Yoan Moncada's journey to free agency took another step forward after recent changes by the Obama Administration now allow native Cubans who can prove permanent residency in a third country to receive a general unblocking license, sources told Yahoo Sports.
Moncada, 19, is a switch hitting shortstop waiting to be cleared by the U.S. government's Office of Foreign Asset Control before he can sign with a major-league team. The
Santana has been experiencing discomfort in his shoulder. Teams that have indicated interest in Santana include the
He last pitched in the major leagues in 2012 and produced a 4.85 ERA in 21 starts.
Still, Gyorko seems to indicate the injury wasn't the main reason he struggled offensively last season. He hit .210 with 10 home runs in 111 games.
"I think I maybe put a little too much pressure on myself," Gyorko said, per MLB.com. "We were struggling as a team. And I think all of us, not just myself, felt like we needed to come up with that big hit to get us going. It's hard to hit when you put that kind of pressure on yourself."
Gyorko missed nearly two months of games last season due to the foot injury, but once he returned, his numbers began to improve. He hit .260 with a .347 on-base percentage over his final 55 games.
"He was better. I think he started making some adjustments, some mechanical, some at-bat to at-bat in terms of pitch selection," manager Bud Black said. "Before, you saw him chasing pitches up in the strike zone and also sliders away. I think that a lot of that was him wanting to be aggressive and wanting to help the team."
The Padres are expecting better results from Gyorko in 2015, especially with a revamped lineup that includes Matt Kemp, Justin Upton, Wil Myers, Derek Norris and Will Middlebrooks.
"We saw in 2013 what Jedd can be, and I think there's more to Jedd based on 2013," Black said. "I think last year there were a lot of factors that went into his season that he expected or adjusted to, but that is something he's hopefully learned from. It's a tough game. You've got to work and stay on top of it. In that regard, I think he learned a lot."
Cuban infielder Yoan Moncada has worked out for at least seven teams, according to MLB.com.
Moncada cannot sign with a club until he's cleared by the U.S. government's Office of Foreign Asset Control.
|2014 Team Leaders|
|AVG||Seth Smith , LF||.266|
|HR||Yasmani Grandal , C||15|
|RBI||Jedd Gyorko , 2B||51|
|OBP||Seth Smith , LF||.367|
|SLG||Seth Smith , LF||.440|
|R||Yangervis Solarte , 3B||56|
|SB||Everth Cabrera , SS||18|
|W||Tyson Ross , SP||13|
|ERA||Tyson Ross , SP||2.81|
|WHIP||Tyson Ross , SP||1.21|
|K||Ian Kennedy , SP||207|
|SV||Joaquin Benoit , RP||11|
|Full Team Statistics|
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