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Forbes: Average MLB Team Worth $1.2B

Mar 26, 2015 10:02 AM

The average Major League Baseball team is worth $1.2 billion, according to Forbes.

The valuation represents a 48 percent increase from last year.

The reason for the growth is the national television deal, which the magazine notes will deliver an average of $52 million per team per year through the 2021 season.

The New York Yankees are worth $3.2 billion, tops on the list and just the second United States sports franchise to eclipse the $3 billion mark. The Dallas Cowboys were estimated to be worth $3.2 billion by Forbes last August.

Darren Rovell/ESPN

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Atlanta Braves, Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Colorado Rockies, Detroit Tigers, Houston Astros, Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Los Angeles Dodgers, Miami Marlins, Milwaukee Brewers, Minnesota Twins, New York Mets, New York Yankees, Oakland Athletics, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants, Seattle Mariners, St. Louis Cardinals, Tampa Bay Rays, Texas Rangers, Toronto Blue Jays, Washington Nationals, Misc Rumor

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Padres Want To Sign Upton To Long-Term Deal

Mar 25, 2015 8:33 AM

The San Diego Padres hope to sign Justin Upton, who they acquired in a trade this offseason, to a long-term deal.

Upton is entering the final season of the six-year, $61.25 million deal he signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2010.

"We made a big trade for him, and when you do something like that, you always hope you can work something out long term and do something together," A.J. Preller said. "Yeah, I mean, Justin Upton, that's why we acquired him. You always want guys like that on your team."

Barry M. Bloom/MLB

Tags: San Diego Padres, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Phillies Scouting Austin Romine Of Yankees

Mar 23, 2015 4:53 PM

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

Romine is out of options and believed to be behind John Ryan Murphy in the competition to be Brian McCann's backup with the New York Yankees.

The Padres also have an interest in Romine, who has developed a reputation as a solid defensive catcher.

George A. King III/New York Post

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, New York Yankees, San Diego Padres, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Red Sox Seeking Trade Partner For Craig

Mar 19, 2015 7:50 AM

The Boston Red Sox are trying to find a trade partner for Allen Craig.

They have had some of their top pro scouts around the San Francisco Giants, San Diego Padres and Chicago Cubs.

Nick Cafardo/Boston Globe

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Sources: Olivera Weighing Four-To-Six-Year Offers

Mar 12, 2015 8:03 AM

Hector Olivera is considering several offers in the four- to six-year range, and the infielder could come to terms with a team this week, according to sources.

The Cuban second baseman has been linked to the Los Angeles Dodgers, Atlanta Braves, Miami Marlins, San Diego Padres, Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants.

Olivera is believed to be Major League-ready.

Jesse Sanchez/MLB

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Dodgers, Miami Marlins, Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Rollins Could Have Been Dealt To Mets, Padres, Yankees

Mar 5, 2015 4:07 PM

Jimmy Rollins is entering his first season with the Los Angeles Dodgers, who were one of four teams that showed interest in him when the Philadelphia Phillies began taking calls for the veteran.

The San Diego Padres, New York Mets and New York Yankees were interested in Rollins.

Rollins has a full no-trade clause, which limited Philadelphia's options.

It had been reported that the Mets were the shortstop's second choice, but Rollins disagrees.

"There wasn't a second choice," Rollins said.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, San Diego Padres, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Josh Johnson Will Throw To Catcher Next Week

Mar 4, 2015 7:47 AM

Josh Johnson is scheduled to throw on flat ground to a catcher next week.

Johnson is coming off Tommy John surgery. It was thought that he could have begun throwing to a catcher last week.

"I just got my weeks mixed up," Johnson said with a smile.

The San Diego Padres are targeting sometime during the first half of this month for Johnson's first bullpen session.

A return to major league action is possible around June 1.

Dennis Lin/San Diego Union-Tribune

Tags: San Diego Padres, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Bids On Moncada Have Surpassed $20M

Feb 23, 2015 8:00 AM

Contract offers for Yoan Moncada have surpassed $20 million, according to a report.

The New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and San Diego Padres are considered the front-runners for the Cuban phenom.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Tags: Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, San Diego Padres, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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SDSU Retires Tony Gwynn's No. 19

Feb 16, 2015 9:27 AM

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

Gwynn, who coached the Aztecs for 12 years, died of cancer in June.

The Hall of Famer played basketball and baseball at SDSU.

Associated Press

Tags: San Diego Padres, Misc Rumor

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Padres Made 'Aggressive Offer' For Hamels

Feb 11, 2015 5:55 PM

The San Diego Padres made an "aggressive offer" for Cole Hamels before coming to terms on a deal with James Shields.

The exact offer for Hamels isn't known, but the Philadelphia Phillies may not be happy with what can be had from the San Diego system.

It remains to be seen if the Padres are still interested in acquiring Hamels following the addition of Shields.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: San Diego Padres, Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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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

James Shields Expected To Sign This Week
With multiple offers on the table, James Shields is expected to sign with a club by the end of the week.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

Five, Six Teams Still Trying To Trade For Cole Hamels
No team has offered a package that Philadelphia would seriously consider for Cole Hamels.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Padres Still Exploring Trades
The Padres have remade their roster, but may not be done dealing.

Cash Kruth/MLB

Minaya Leaves Padres To Join MLBPA
Omar Minaya has decided to leave his job with the Padres to become a special adviser to Major League Baseball Players Association head Tony Clark.

Associated Press

Cardinals, Padres, Rangers, Red Sox Linked To Hamels
Cole Hamels, who has been available since last summer, can still be acquired from the Phillies for a steep price.

Jim Salisbury/CSN Philly

San Diego To Host 2016 All-Star Game
The announcement marks the second straight year the game will be played at a National League site.

Associated Press

Mets Expect To Trade Gee Within '7-10 Days'
Where James Shields ends up signing could have an impact on the timetable for a deal.

Joel Sherman/New York Post

Report: Padres Still Targeting Hamels
Cole Hamels is reportedly still a target of the Padres, who have shaken up their roster this offseason.

AJ Cassavell/MLB

Yoan Lopez Likely Headed For Record Contract
Cuban right-handed pitching prospect Yoan Lopez could be in line for a record-setting contract as Major League clubs court him.

Jesse Sanchez/MLB

Giants, Padres, Rockies Interested In Gee
The Mets have been actively discussing the 28-year-old right-hander in trade talks.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Padres Sign Valverde, Ebert, Mateo
Right-handed pitcher Jose Valverde appeared in 21 games for the Mets last season.

Baseball America

Justin Upton Not Intimidated By Petco Park
Upton has hit .291 with 10 home runs in 46 career games at the ballpark, which is known as tough on hitters.