San Diego Padres Wiretap

Andy Green Calls Out Anthony Rizzo After Home Plate Collision

Jun 20, 2017 7:39 AM

Andy Green did little to conceal his feelings about the home-plate collision that knocked Austin Hedges out of Monday night's game, calling Anthony Rizzo's hit "a cheap shot."

Rizzo was attempting to score from third base on a lineout to center by Kris Bryant in the bottom of the sixth when he slammed into Hedges. Rizzo's left shoulder caught Hedges square in the right thigh and midsection and the San Diego Padres catcher fell over backward, holding onto the ball for an inning-ending double play.

Hedges left the game with a bruised thigh. He was replaced by Luis Torrens.

"I think you look at that play and it's a fairly egregious violation of the rule," Green said. "The rule exists to protect the catcher. The safety of the catcher is more in jeopardy now when you have the rule to protect you because you're not expecting to get hit when you give a guy a plate like that.

"That's a cheap shot. I'm not saying he's a dirty player at all -- nobody is saying that -- but he clearly deviated from his path to hit our catcher, took our catcher out. Rule exists to protect him. It's a disheartening play to see come about like that."


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2017 MLB Draft First Round Results

Jun 13, 2017 9:11 AM

The first round of the 2017 Major League Baseball draft was held on Monday night with a lot of young talent coming off the board early. Here are the full results from the first round:

  1. Twins — Royce Lewis, SS, JSerra Catholic HS (California)
  2. Reds — Hunter Greene, RHP/SS, Notre Dame HS (California)
  3. Padres — MacKenzie Gore, LHP, Whiteville HS (North Carolina)
  4. Rays — Brendan McKay, 1B/LHP, Louisville
  5. Braves — Kyle Wright, RHP, Vanderbilt
  6. Athletics — Austin Beck, OF, North Davidson HS (North Carolina)
  7. Diamondbacks — Pavin Smith, 1B, Virginia
  8. Phillies — Adam Haseley, OF, Virginia
  9. Brewers — Keston Hiura, 2B, UC Irvine
  10. Angels — Jordan Adell, OF, Ballard HS (Kentucky)
  11. White Sox — Jake Burger, 3B, Missouri State
  12. Pirates — Shane Baz, RHP, Concordia Lutheran HS (Texas)
  13. Marlins — Trevor Rogers, LHP, Carlsbad HS (New Mexico)
  14. Royals — Nick Pratto, 1B, Huntington Beach HS (California)
  15. Astros —J.B. Bukauskas, RHP, North Carolina
  16. Yankees — Clarke Schmidt, RHP, South Carolina
  17. Mariners — Evan White, 1B, Kentucky
  18. Tigers — Alex Faedo, RHP, Florida
  19. Giants — Heliot Ramos, OF, Leadership Christian Academy (Puerto Rico)
  20. Mets — David Peterson, LHP, Oregon
  21. Orioles — D.L. Hall, LHP, Valdosta HS (Georgia)
  22. Blue Jays — Logan Warmoth, SS, North Carolina
  23. Dodgers — Jeren Kendall, OF, Vanderbilt
  24. Red Sox — Tanner Houck, RHP, Missouri
  25. Nationals — Seth Romero, LHP, Houston
  26. Rangers — Bubba Thompson, OF, McGill-Toolen Catholic HS (Alabama)
  27. Cubs — Brendon Little, LHP, State College of Florida

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Padres Receiving Trade Interest In Brad Hand

May 25, 2017 7:48 AM

The San Diego Padres recently told other clubs that they are "open for business" and reliever Brad Hand is receiving a lot of interest, according to a report.

Hand, 27, has emerged as a useful bullpen arm since the Padres claimed him off waivers from the Miami Marlins last April.

Since then, Hand has posted a 2.65 ERA ball with a 146-to-46 K/BB ratio in 115 1/3 innings.

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Christian Bethancourt To Focus On Pitching Full-Time

Apr 28, 2017 7:35 AM

Christian Bethancourt, sent down to Triple-A by the San Diego Padres after a failed stint in a hybrid role, has agreed to work on developing as a pitcher in the Minor Leagues.

The Padres are encouraged by Bethancourt's decision after he was demoted to the El Paso Chihuahuas and given a few days to decide whether he wanted to pitch or catch.

"He said that he would pitch, and we're happy with that decision on his part," Andy Green said. "We're glad that he feels the same way we feel about it."

Bethancourt's natural position is catcher, but the Padres have used him as a pitcher the past two seasons. He hit .143 in eight games and appeared in four as a pitcher, going 0-0 with a 14.73 ERA in 3 2/3 innings.


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Wil Myers Records First Cycle Of 2017

Apr 11, 2017 8:49 AM

Wil Myers recorded the first cycle of both his career and the 2017 season on Monday night as the San Diego Padres defeated the Colorado Rockies 5-3.

Myers singled in the first, doubled in the third, homered in the sixth and tripled in the eighth to help the Padres win for the third time in four games.

He is just the second player to hit for the cycle in club history. Matt Kemp is the only other player to accomplish the feat with the Padres.

"Those moments don't happen very often," Andy Green said. "To see somebody get it, someone like Wil, kind of the cornerstone of your franchise, it's a lot of fun to watch."

Associated Press

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Nearly Half Of Padres' Payroll Going To Players No Longer On Roster

Apr 3, 2017 7:50 AM

The San Diego Padres are carrying an Opening Day payroll of $68 million, nearly half of which will go to players no longer on the team.

The payroll is the club's lowest since they opened with a $55 million payroll in 2012.

San Diego decided to eat a significant amount of cash when trading veterans James Shields, Matt Kemp, Melvin Upton, Jr., Andrew Cashner and Hector Olivera, who was released after being swapped for Kemp. They will pay those players a total of $31.5 million in 2017.

Dennis Lin/San Diego Union-Tribune

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Padres Keep Christian Bethancourt As Hybrid

Apr 1, 2017 10:13 PM

Christian Bethancourt will return to the Padres roster, this time as a hybrid pitcher-utility player.

Padres manager Andy Green said Saturday that Bethancourt will start as a relief pitcher but could be used at other positions in the lineup.

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Angel Pagan To Decide On Club Soon

Mar 29, 2017 7:52 AM

Angel Pagan is expected to pick a new team before the end of this week.

Pagan has drawn interest from the Toronto Blue Jays, San Francisco Giants, San Diego Padres, Atlanta Braves and Detroit Tigers.

His performance at the World Baseball Classic increased his value.

Jim Bowden/ESPN

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Rays, Yankees Interested In Trade For Nick Ahmed

Mar 22, 2017 8:17 AM

The Arizona Diamondbacks are listening to offers for Nick Ahmed and the Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees have been mentioned as potential destinations.

The San Diego Padres had previously been linked to Ahmed.

Nick Piecoro/Arizona Republic

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Dodgers Have $47.4M In Dead Money On Payroll

Mar 13, 2017 7:48 AM

The Los Angeles Dodgers have a $235.7 million payroll, but a good chunk of that is dead money.

The Dodgers are paying $47.4 million to players no longer on their roster, more than any other Major League club.

The San Diego Padres are carrying $35.1 million in dead money, which represents 54.8% of their payroll ($64M).

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Padres May Experiment With Unique Pitching Rotation
The Padres have 11 pitchers competing for rotation spots in camp and may use a unique strategy to maintain flexibility.

A.J. Cassavell/MLB

Kershaw To Start Opening Day For The Dodgers
Clayton Kershaw will be making his seventh consecutive Opening Day start for the Dodgers.

Padres, Jered Weaver Agree On One-Year, $3M Deal
Jered Weaver went 12-12 with a 5.06 ERA for the Angels last season.

Jered Weaver Confirms To Teammates He Won't Return To Angels
Jered Weaver has ended any doubt by making it clear to his former teammates that he won't be back with the Angels.

Jeff Fletcher/Orange County Register

Padres, Erick Aybar Agree To Minor League Deal
The Padres have agreed to a Minor League contract with Erick Aybar.

Jeff Passan/Yahoo! Sports

Trevor Hoffman Falls Five Votes Shy Of Hall Of Fame
Trevor Hoffman fell short of the votes required to gain election into the Hall of Fame when the voting was released on Wednesday.

Associated Press

Padres, Wil Myers Still Working On Extension Worth More Than $80M
The two sides have a "basic agreement" in place that would guarantee Wil Myers $83 million over six years with a team option for a seventh season.

Jon Heyman/FanRag Sports

Padres Closing In On Deal With Trevor Cahill
The deal with the Padres reportedly will carry $1.75 million in guaranteed money.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Padres Sign Wil Meyers To Six-Year, $80M Deal
Wil Myers, who primarily played first base in 2016, had been eligible for arbitration.

Roughly 20 Teams Interested In Tyson Ross
Tyson Ross threw less than six innings last season before ultimately undergoing thoracic outlet surgery in October.

Jon Heyman/FanRag Sports

Padres Have Held Discussions With Jake Peavy
Jake Peavy, 35, last played with the Padres in 2009.

Dennis Lin/San Diego Union-Tribune

Source: Padres, Jhoulys Chacin Agree On One-Year Deal
Right-hander Jhoulys Chacin made 34 appearances with the Braves and Angels last season.

Padres 'Aggressively Shopping' Yangervis Solarte
The Padres are "aggressively shopping" Yangervis Solarte and the Dodgers are among the interested clubs.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Cubs Sign Jon Jay To One-Year, $8M Deal
Outfielder Jon Jay hit .291 in 347 at-bats for the Padres last season.

Padres, Pirates, Yankees Reach Out To Derek Holland
Derek Holland's agent, Michael Martini, says the pitcher is intrigued by the Pirates and is also interested in a return to the Rangers.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Tyson Ross To Undergo Surgery For Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
The Padres hope Tyson Ross will be healthy enough to begin the 2017 season.

Dennis Lin/San Diego Union-Tribune

Padres Fire President Mike Dee
After yet another disappointing season, the Padres have fired president Mike Dee.

Associated Press

Padres Honor Yangervis Solarte's Late Wife During Game
The Padres played with heavy hearts against the Rockies on Sunday a day after Yangervis Solarte lost his wife, Yuliett, to cancer.

Associated Press

A.J. Preller Suspended 30 Days After Investigation Of Pomeranz Trade
Major League Baseball has suspended A.J. Preller for 30 days without pay after an investigation into the Drew Pomeranz trade between the Padres and Red Sox.

Buster Olney/ESPN

Hector Olivera Found Guilty Of Assault, Sentenced To Jail
Hector Olivera was found guilty on a misdemeanor domestic assault charge in a Virginia courtroom and was ordered to serve 10 days in jail on Thursday.

A.J. Perez/USA Today