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Cubs Outlast Padres; Bryant Plays Like Top Prospect

Apr 19, 2015 1:02 AM

Kris Bryant got a standing ovation for his first major league hit and reached base five times Saturday in a 7-6, 11-inning win over the Padres.

A day after Bryant went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in his big league debut, he was 2-for-3 with a pair of singles and three walks.

"You're always looking for good at-bats and being a good decision-maker. He was that today," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said.

Tags: Chicago Cubs, San Diego Padres, Game Recap, Misc Rumor

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Kris Bryant Not Discouraged With Debut

Apr 18, 2015 2:02 AM

Kris Bryant appreciated all the family members and friends who turned out for his big league debut at Wrigley Field.

The prized prospect of the Cubs struck out in his first three at-bats against James Shields and then grounded out in a key spot Friday during a 5-4 loss to the Padres.

"Sure, I could have done a little better," Bryant said. "There's two sides to the ball. I felt I did well on defense."

Tags: Chicago Cubs, San Diego Padres, Game Recap, Misc Rumor

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Padres Place Ian Kennedy On DL

Apr 10, 2015 10:13 PM

The Padres have placed right-hander Ian Kennedy on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring, according to an report on Friday.

Kennedy left Thursday's home opener against the Giants in the third inning.

Tags: San Diego Padres, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Ian Kennedy Exits Start With Hamstring Injury

Apr 10, 2015 10:42 AM

Ian Kennedy left Thursday's start against the San Francisco Giants after straining his left hamstring while making a pitch in the third inning.

The San Diego Padres right-hander signaled to the dugout that something was wrong, and manager Bud Black and a trainer went out to the mound. Kennedy was pulled immediately.

Kennedy said he "felt something grab, almost like a cramp feeling" on his final pitch.

"The whole time I felt something wasn't right. The last pitch, I didn't feel anything pop or anything but I'm not going to hurt my arm by changing my mechanics," he said.

"I needed to stop because I wasn't putting out the same effort because I was trying to protect it. It's frustrating because I felt really good and pitching in a great atmosphere."

Associated Press

Tags: San Diego Padres, Injury, Misc Rumor

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MLB Releases Draft Bonus Slots

Apr 8, 2015 4:53 PM

Major League Baseball has informed teams of the draft bonus slot allocations that will apply to the 2015 amateur draft.

The Arizona Diamondbacks, who have the first overall pick, will have more than $8.6 million to spend on all selections.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

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Kimbrel Caught 'Off-Guard' By Trade To Padres

Apr 8, 2015 7:28 AM

The San Diego Padres continued to remake their roster by trading for Craig Kimbrel and Melvin Upton, Jr. on the eve of Opening Day.

Kimbrel first reported to the Padres about 45 minutes before the first pitch of Monday's season opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

"It did catch me a little off-guard," Kimbrel said of the trade. "It was shocking that it was a day before Opening Day, and it wasn't something you are expecting."

The closer made his debut for the Padres on Tuesday night in a non-save situation.

"You can tell this organization is going after it, it's not a few-years deal, it's right now. As a player, that's exciting," Kimbrel said. "You don't know how long you're going to play this game.

"[Being here] you could tell everyone is excited ... from the front office to the players. That gets me excited. I'm ready to get the ball and get started."

Corey Brock/MLB

Tags: San Diego Padres, Misc Rumor

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Padres Looking For Upgrade At Shortstop

Apr 7, 2015 5:05 PM

The San Diego Padres are monitoring the trade market for a potential upgrade at shortstop.

The Padres have been very active under new general manager A.J. Preller and aren't done, according to rival executives.

San Diego currently features the duo of Alexi Amarista and Clint Barmes at shortstop.

Starlin Castro of the Chicago Cubs and Elvis Andrus of the Texas Rangers may be available.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Tags: San Diego Padres, Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Padres Acquire Craig Kimbrel, Melvin Upton Jr. From Braves

Apr 6, 2015 12:53 AM

The Padres couldn't start the 2015 season without yet another deal by general manager A.J. Preller, according to an report.

Preller pushed ahead with his remarkable makeover of the Padres on Sunday when he acquired closer Craig Kimbrel and outfielder Melvin Upton Jr. from the Braves for outfielders Carlos Quentin and Cameron Maybin, plus two minor leaguers and a draft pick.

Tags: San Diego Padres, Atlanta Braves, Misc Rumor, Official Trade, Trade Rumor

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Padres Working To Eliminate 'Small Market' Label

Apr 4, 2015 2:18 PM

The San Diego Padres are attempting to operate like a mid-market franchise.

"We've sort of banned the word 'small-market,'" Peter Seidler, the Padres' lead investor, said. "We don't look at ourselves like a small market. I think it's clear now that we don't behave like a small market."


The Padres remade their front office and were aggressive in the winter in improving their roster.

Opening-day payroll, projected at roughly $100 million, will be a club record for the second consecutive year. 


"We were a small market in that facility, in that era of baseball," said president and CEO Mike Dee, who during the last decade served as COO of the Red Sox. "But given the economic reform and the fact that we play at Petco Park, that's what catapults this market into a mid-market."

In terms of payroll, the Padres have seen a nearly 96 increase from 2010 to 2014, the largest jump among Major League Baseball's bottom 15. 

Dennis Lin/San Diego Union-Tribune

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Padres Taking Calls On Relievers

Apr 1, 2015 7:45 AM

The San Diego Padres are active in trade talks regarding their bullpen.

San Diego dealt Alex Torres to the New York Mets earlier this week.

The Padres have a large group of relievers including Joaquin Benoit, Kevin Quackenbush, Brandon Maurer, Shawn Kelley, Nick Vincent, Dale Thayer, Frank Garces and Odrisamer Despaigne.

Dennis Lin/San Diego Union-Tribune

Tags: San Diego Padres, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Mets Acquire Jerry Blevins, Alex Torres
The Mets have addressed pitching needs on Monday, acquiring Jerry Blevins from the Nationals and Alex Torres from the Padres.

Adam Rubin/ESPN

Padres To Start James Shields In Opener
James Shields has never pitched at Dodger Stadium.

Forbes: Average MLB Team Worth $1.2B
The Yankees are worth $3.2 billion, tops on the list and just the second United States sports franchise to eclipse the $3 billion mark.

Darren Rovell/ESPN

Padres Want To Sign Upton To Long-Term Deal
Justin Upton is entering the final season of the six-year, $61.25 million deal he signed with the Diamondbacks in 2010.

Barry M. Bloom/MLB

Phillies Scouting Austin Romine Of Yankees
The Phillies have scouted Austin Romine as they hunt for a backup to starting catcher Carlos Ruiz.

George A. King III/New York Post

Red Sox Seeking Trade Partner For Craig
They have had some of their top pro scouts around the Giants, Padres and Cubs.

Nick Cafardo/Boston Globe

Sources: Olivera Weighing Four-To-Six-Year Offers
The Cuban second baseman has been linked to the Dodgers, Braves, Marlins, Padres, Athletics and Giants.

Jesse Sanchez/MLB

Rollins Could Have Been Dealt To Mets, Padres, Yankees
Jimmy Rollins is entering his first season with the Dodgers, who were one of four teams that showed interest in him when the Phillies began taking calls for the veteran.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Josh Johnson Will Throw To Catcher Next Week
Josh Johnson could return to Major League action around June 1.

Dennis Lin/San Diego Union-Tribune

Bids On Moncada Have Surpassed $20M
The Yankees, Red Sox and Padres are considered the front-runners for the Cuban phenom.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

SDSU Retires Tony Gwynn's No. 19
San Diego State retired Tony Gwynn's No. 19 during a ceremony on Friday night before the Aztecs played Valparaiso in the season opener.

Associated Press

Padres Made 'Aggressive Offer' For Hamels
The Padres made an "aggressive offer" for Cole Hamels before coming to terms on a deal with James Shields.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Moncada To Field Offers Over Next Two Weeks
The Dodgers, Yankees, Red Sox, Rangers and Padres have shown interest in Yoan Moncada.

Dylan Hernandez/Los Angeles Times

Teams Offered Shields Three-Year Deals
James Shields saw his value dip so low towards the end of his free agency that clubs were calling with three-year offers to see how cheap they might be able to get the right-hander.

Jeff Passan/Yahoo! Sports

2015 MLB Draft Order Set
The order for the 2015 Major League Baseball draft is set now that James Shields has reached a deal with the Padres.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Shields Had Higher Offer Than San Diego's On Table
James Shields has agreed to a four-year deal with the Padres worth as much as $78 million.

Buster Olney/ESPN

Padres To Sign Shields To Four-Year Deal
The Padres have agreed to a four-year deal with James Shields worth between $72 million and $78 million, according to a report.

Chris Cotillo/SB Nation

Report: Shields May End Up With Padres
The Padres currently have a payroll just under $90 million, which they have flexibility to increase.

Buster Olney/ESPN

Padres Have Flexibility To Add To 2015 Payroll
San Diego's payroll currently stands just under $90 million, which is the number they opened last season with.

Corey Brock/MLB

Yoan Moncada Wants To Sign Quickly
Yoan Moncada, cleared to sign with a Major League club earlier this week, is eager to begin his career in the United States.

Jesse Sanchez/MLB

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