San Diego Padres Wiretap

Padres Meet With Nobuhiro Matsuda

Nov 24, 2015 4:47 PM

Two members of the San Diego Padres front office, including A.J. Preller, recently met with free agent third baseman Nobuhiro Matsuda, according to multiple reports.

The Japanese star is looking to sign with a Major League club.

Matsuda hit 35 home runs and hit .287/.357/.533 last season.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

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

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Sources: Padres Looking To Trade Kemp, Ross

Nov 16, 2015 12:46 AM

Sources tell Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports that the Padres are shopping outfielder Matt Kemp and starter Tyson Ross.

Kemp, 31, is owed $21.75 million over each of the next four seasons for a total of $87 million. Ross, 28, is entering his third of four years of arbitration eligibility after earning $5.25 million this past season. He’ll earn a pay raise of at least several million dollars.

Tags: San Diego Padres, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Red Sox Acquire Kimbrel From Padres

Nov 13, 2015 8:25 PM

The Boston Red Sox have acquired Craig Kimbrel from the San Diego Padres in exchange for four Minor League players.

San Diego will receive outfield prospect Manuel Margot, shortstop Javier Guerra, infielder Carlos Asuaje and left-hander Logan Allen.

All four players rated among Boston's top-30 prospects in's latest ranking.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Tags: Boston Red Sox, San Diego Padres, Misc Rumor, Official Trade, Trade Rumor

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Mariners Acquire Joaquin Benoit From Padres

Nov 12, 2015 4:47 PM

The Seattle Mariners have acquired Joaquin Benoit in a trade with the San Diego Padres.

San Diego received two minor league prospects -- right-handed pitcher Enyel De Los Santos and infielder Nelson Ward.

"A three-pitch, back-end guy with three out pitches at any given moment in time and that change-up just gives him a wipeout pitch to both sides," new Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto said. "He'll throw it to the right and the left. He's been both durable and ... a good fit for our ballpark."

Associated Press

Tags: Seattle Mariners, San Diego Padres, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Padres Leaning Towards Qualifying Offer For Ian Kennedy

Nov 5, 2015 7:21 AM

The San Diego Padres are leaning towards extending a one-year, $15.8 million qualifying offer to Ian Kennedy.

A decision doesn't have to be made until Friday afternoon, but San Diego is reportedly "likely" to do so.

Dennis Lin/San Diego Union-Tribune

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

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Padres Will Bring Back Joaquin Benoit

Nov 4, 2015 6:25 AM

The San Diego Padres have exercised a $7.5 million club option on Joaquin Benoit for the 2016 season.

Benoit went 6-5 with two saves and a 2.34 ERA in 67 relief outings this past season.

San Diego declined their $2 million option on Clint Barmes.

Associated Press

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

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Darren Balsley To Return As Padres' Pitching Coach

Nov 2, 2015 7:54 AM

Darren Balsley will return to the San Diego Padres for his 14th season as the team's pitching coach, according to a source.

The contracts of San Diego's coaching staff expired Saturday.

Balsley, 51, has been in his current role since 2003, when Bruce Bochy was the manager.

He has since worked under Bud Black for eight-plus seasons and then under interim manager Pat Murphy this year. He had considered going to the Washington Nationals with Black, but opted to remain under new manager Andy Green.

Dennis Lin/San Diego Union-Tribune

Tags: San Diego Padres, Misc Rumor

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Mets Expected To Be Players For Ian Desmond

Oct 30, 2015 7:42 AM

Many believe the New York Mets will be players for Ian Desmond on the free agent market.

The Seattle Mariners, San Diego Padres, Chicago White Sox and Minnesota Twins could also be in the running to sign the shortstop.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Tags: New York Mets, Chicago White Sox, Minnesota Twins, San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners, Washington Nationals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Padres Hire Andy Green As Manager

Oct 29, 2015 3:14 PM

The San Diego Padres will hire Andy Green as their manager, according to multiple sources and reports.

Green is currently the third base coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Padres announced via Twitter they will hold a news conference at 6 p.m. ET at Petco Park to introduce a new manager.

Green, 38, played parts of four seasons in the majors before starting his coaching career in 2011.


Tags: San Diego Padres, Arizona Diamondbacks, Misc Rumor

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Gardenhire, Sofield Finalists To Manage Padres

Oct 29, 2015 11:11 AM

There are two finalists to be named the manager of the San Diego Padres -- Ron Gardenhire and current third base coach Rick Sofield.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that Gardenhire is the favorite, while Bleacher Report reports that it's Sofield's job to lose.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Tags: San Diego Padres, Misc Rumor

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Alex Cora Interviews With Padres
Cora currently serves as an ESPN analyst as well as general manager and manager of the Criollos de Caguas of the Puerto Rican winter baseball league.

Enrique Rojas/ESPN

Padres To Interview Ron Gardenhire
Ron Gardenhire, who didn't manage in 2015 after parting ways with the Twins, has also been linked to the Nationals.

Dennis Lin/San Diego Union-Tribune

Padres Unlikely To Have Offseason Salary Flexibility
The Padres could have as much as $103.85 million tied up to 14 players, which could leave just more than $16 million to spend on the rest of the 25-man roster.

Jeff Sanders/San Diego Union Tribune

Padres Won't Hire Pat Murphy As Manager
San Diego was 42-53 under Murphy and finished fourth in the division.


Baby Born At Petro Park During Padres-Giants Game
The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that the baby was born "around the third inning" and was named Levi.


Dick Enberg Says 2016 Will Be His Last As Padres Broadcaster
Dick Enberg, 80, made the announcement Wednesday night. He has been with the Padres since 2010.

Associated Press

Craig Kimbrel Claimed On Waivers, Trade Unlikely
An unknown club has claimed Craig Kimbrel on waivers, according to a report by Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Rangers Claim Chris Rearick Off Waivers From Padres
The Rangers have claimed LHP Chris Rearick off waivers from the Padres and assigned him to Triple-A Round Rock.

Ian Kennedy, Joaquin Benoit Claimed On Waivers, Padres Pull Them Back
Ian Kennedy and Joaquin Benoit were claimed on revocable waivers recently, but trades couldn't be agreed upon so the Padres pulled them back.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Rangers Acquire Will Venable From Padres
The Rangers have acquired Will Venable from the Padres in exchange for Minor League catcher/outfielder Marcus Greene and a player to be named later.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Tyson Ross Preferred To Remain With Padres
Tyson Ross, who was mentioned in trade rumors prior to the July 31 non-waiver deadline, is happy to still be with the Padres.

Jeff Sanders/San Diego Union-Tribune

Justin Upton Throws Helmet In Frustration, Hits Teammate In Head
Justin Upton threw his helmet in frustration on Saturday night, unintentionally injuring teammate Yonder Alonso in the process.


Kemp's Cycle Is First In San Diego History
Matt Kemp hit a ninth-inning triple on Friday night to complete the first cycle in Padres history.

Associated Press

Padres Will Try To Re-Sign Justin Upton
Justin Upton, who will turn 28 later this month, is hitting .253/.333/.446 with 20 home runs, 63 RBI and 18 stolen bases.

Barry M. Bloom/MLB

Padres Sign Bud Norris
The Padres have signed Bud Norris, who was recently designated and released by the Orioles.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

James Shields Clears Waivers
James Shields has cleared revocable trade waivers and the Padres can now trade him to any team.

Buster Olney/ESPN

Jason Varitek Could Be Candidate To Manage Padres
Jason Varitek, who is currently working as a special assistant for the Red Sox, could be a candidate to manage the Padres if they don't give interim manager Pat Murphy the job full-time.

Nick Cafardo/Boston Globe

Yankees Were Prepared To Deal Jorge Mateo In Deal For Craig Kimbrel
Jorge Mateo is the Yankees' third ranked prospect.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Padres Asked For Paul Goldschmidt From D-Backs For Craig Kimbrel
A Padres source was adamant that the mention of Paul Goldschmidt was not serious.

Nick Piecoro/Arizona Republic

Padres Feel No Urgency To Trade Shields, Feel He'd Clear Waivers
San Diego believes James Shields, who they signed this past offseason, would clear waivers and could still be moved in August.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

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