San Diego Padres

Stadium: Petco Park | Manager: Bud Black
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Report: Padres 'in touch' with Phillies regarding Cole Hamels
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

The Padres are "in touch" with the Phillies in an attempt to land pitcher Cole Hamels, FOX Sports reports.

The Padres have made plenty of upgrades across the roster since general manager A.J. Heller took over, and it's possible they don't have the ammunition to land the Philadelphia ace in a deal. Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said last week that he didn't expect Hamels to be traded before the start of the season. Hamels went 9-9 with a 2.46 ERA and 198 strikeouts in 204 2/3 innings in 2014.

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Omar Minaya leaving post with Padres to take union job
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Omar Minaya is leaving his job as senior vice president with the Padres to become a senior adviser to Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Tony Clark. The union made the announcement Thursday.

"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.

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Report: Cuban prospect Yoan Moncada nearing free agency
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

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 Brewers, Rangers, Giants, Dodgers, Yankees, Red Sox and Padres have recently seen Moncada perform in a private workout.

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Pitcher Johan Santana shut down in Venezuelan Winter League
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

Free-agent pitcher Johan Santana has been scratched from pitching in any of the remaining Venezuelan Winter League championship series games, reports FOXSports.

Santana has been experiencing discomfort in his shoulder. Teams that have indicated interest in Santana include the Yankees, Blue Jays, Padres. Santana's agent said Santana may still throw for major-league scouts, but wasn't sure.

He last pitched in the major leagues in 2012 and produced a 4.85 ERA in 21 starts.

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Padres' Bud Black: Jedd Gyorko 'learned a lot' from 2014 struggles
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Padres second baseman Jedd Gyorko definitely went through a sophomore slump in 2014 after belting 23 home runs as a rookie in 2013. Although, dealing with plantar fasciitis in his left foot certainly didn't help his cause.

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."

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2014 Team Leaders
AVGSeth Smith , LF.266
HRYasmani Grandal , C15
RBIJedd Gyorko , 2B51
OBPSeth Smith , LF.367
SLGSeth Smith , LF.440
RYangervis Solarte , 3B56
SBEverth Cabrera , SS18
WTyson Ross , SP13
ERATyson Ross , SP2.81
WHIPTyson Ross , SP1.21
KIan Kennedy , SP207
SVJoaquin Benoit , RP11
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