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Spring Training 2017: Padres add Jered Weaver to depleted rotation (Big League Stew)

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 19:34:44 PST

Jered Weaver is moving down the road in Southern California to sunny San Diego. BIGGEST NEWS OF THE DAY: The San Diego Padres have agreed to a one-year deal with Jered Weaver, according to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale. The 34-year-old right-hander has no fastball left to speak of, but the Padres hope he’ll be crafty enough to eat innings and lead a staff filled with retreads and unproven prospects.



Jered Weaver signs with Padres after 11 years with Angels (The Associated Press)

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 16:34:49 PST

Right-hander Jered Weaver has agreed to a $3 million, one-year deal with the San Diego Padres after 11 seasons with the Los Angeles Angels. Weaver and the Padres confirmed the long-anticipated deal Saturday, pending a physical. The 34-year-old Weaver had spent his entire career with the Angels, going 150-93 with a 3.55 ERA and three All-Star selections.



Kershaw to start opening day for 7th straight time (The Associated Press)

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 15:34:51 PST

Clayton Kershaw will make his seventh straight opening-day start for the Los Angeles Dodgers, tying Don Sutton's franchise record. ''You take a little bit of pride in wanting to do it every year,'' Kershaw said. It took Manager Dave Roberts four days into spring training to say Kershaw will start April 3 at home against the San Diego Padres.



Black makes immediate impact on culture of new Colorado club (The Associated Press)

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 12:57:41 PST

Bud Black called on young pitcher Rayan Gonzalez and put the Puerto Rican right-hander on the spot in front of everybody. Colorado's new manager inquired about what Gonzalez likes to do away from the field? Gonzalez shared that he and wife, Alexa, regularly do salsa dancing.



Carter Capps' insane delivery is more fun in slow motion (Big League Stew)

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 11:41:21 PST

Carter Capps and his unique delivery have returned. Games aren’t officially being played on the field just yet, so we’ll have to enjoy bad spring training photos and grainy videos of players taking batting practice or tossing the ball around. In response, we would ask if you’ve ever seen San Diego Padres pitcher Carter Capps take the mound?



Green has new outlook entering second spring with Padres (The Associated Press)

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 15:09:19 PST

Despite all the young players in camp, San Diego Padres manager Andy Green asserts spring training is not a classroom and that players better be ready to execute at a high level. ''This is not a development level but an expectation level. ''I love the players we have here,'' said pitcher Clayton Richard, who is attempting to earn a spot in the starting rotation.



Cubs no longer sole favorite to win World Series according to odds (Big League Stew)

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 13:52:54 PST

The first repeat championship in Chicago since the late ’90s Chicago Bulls dynasty has been put on hold. After being favored to win the 2017 World Series all offseason, the Chicago Cubs now have some competition to bring home baseball’s ultimate prize. The company released its latest World Series odds Monday, and for the first time all offseason, the Cubs are not the odds-on favorite.



Adam Rosales is mentor for Hawaiian high school shortstop (The Associated Press)

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 23:26:42 PST

Lai learned to focus on the goal of taking his baseball career to the next level and the work it demands. Rosales called Kealakehe High coach Josh Hansen and told him he would be staying outside Kona for a month during the offseason, inquiring about using the school's facilities to lift weights, hit and take groundballs. ''He has ambitions to play college ball and he wants to be in the major leagues,'' Rosales recalled.



Texas Rangers head to spring after 'incomplete mission' (The Associated Press)

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 10:11:10 PST

The Texas Rangers have been AL West champions in each of manager Jeff Banister's first two seasons, and their 95 wins last year were the most in the American League. You've got to have talent, but desire overrides a lot of that,'' Banister said. Texas heads to spring training in Arizona five seasons removed from their only World Series appearances in 2010 and 2011.



Padres head into spring deep in rebuilding mode (The Associated Press)

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 16:05:33 PST

All-Star first baseman Wil Myers is the only player left from Preller's wild shopping spree two offseasons ago. The Padres are coming off their sixth straight losing season and haven't been to the playoffs since 2006. NEW LOOK: Late last season, the Padres called up right fielder Hunter Renfroe, center fielder Manuel Margot and second baseman Carlos Asuaje, along with catcher Austin Hedges, who made his big league debut with the Padres in 2015.



Three ways baseball could attract younger fans (Big League Stew)

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 09:09:12 PST

Commissioner Rob Manfred is on a crusade. Eliminating the four-pitch walk will save a little bit of time every game (though some games go by without a single intentional walk). Speaking to Yahoo Sports on Wednesday after his appearance at Yahoo’s All Markets Summit in New York City, Manfred said:  “Our goal is to make sure that our product is as tight and compelling as possible.



Hot Stove Digest: Rangers finally agree to terms with Mike Napoli (Big League Stew)

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 16:45:29 PST

After months of rumors, Mike Napoli is finally going back to Texas. FINALLY: The Texas Rangers have reportedly agreed to a one-year deal with first baseman Mike Napoli. The 35-year-old Napoli hit .239/.335/.465, with 34 home runs, for the Cleveland Indians last season. It had been assumed Napoli would sign with the Rangers for weeks now, but the two sides put off finalizing a deal until now.



Hot Stove Digest: Indians agree to one-year deal with Boone Logan (Big League Stew)

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 16:55:15 PST

Reliever Boone Logan is the newest member of the Indians. DONE DEAL: The Cleveland Indians continued their aggressive push for a World Series title Thursday, shoring up their bullpen by signing left-handed reliever Boone Logan. The 32-year-old southpaw posted a 3.69 ERA over 46 1/3 innings with the Colorado Rockies in 2016.



Craig Stammen's wife Audrey celebrates honeymoon with hole-in-one (Big League Stew)

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 13:29:07 PST

Craig Stammen’s wife Audrey can golf. San Diego Padres reliever Craig Stammen could use a good omen. After emerging as a steady late-innings option with the Washington Nationals, Stammen missed most of 2015 and 2016 while recovering from surgery. After two tough seasons, things are looking up for the 32-year-old righty. Despite being limited for some time, Stammen was able to sign on with the Padres in Decemeber.



Buster Posey pays tribute to Navy SEAL killed in Yemen (Big League Stew)

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 06:28:34 PST

Buster Posey, catcher for the San Francisco Giants, posted a touching tribute on Instagram on Monday night to Chief Petty Officer William “Ryan” Owens, a Navy SEAL. Owens, a huge Giants fan, was killed in Yemen over the weekend when his aircraft experienced a hard landing, according to NBC News. Posey had the opportunity to meet Owens and his son several years ago, and the experience stayed with Posey, and led to him post a photo and special memory of Owens on social media. Sadly, Javier Lopez relayed the news to me today that Ryan Owens had been killed in Yemen while serving our country.



Thousands turn out for A's FanFest that sparks positive vibe (The Associated Press)

Sat, 28 Jan 2017 13:09:15 PST

The Oakland Athletics and new President Dave Kaval need to do little selling on one of the sites being considered for a new ballpark after hitting a home run with FanFest held Saturday at Jack London Square - right near Howard Terminal, where the A's might just decide it's their best place to break ground and finally build a much-needed stadium. ''You can feel it with the fans, I think they really responded to some of that transparency, having office hours and (him) being willing to meet with fans and hear their concerns or their suggestions,'' reliever Sean Doolittle said.



Former NL Cy Young winner Randy Jones has throat cancer (The Associated Press)

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 19:40:21 PST

Randy Jones, the San Diego Padres' first Cy Young Award winner, is fighting throat cancer linked to tobacco use during his baseball career. Jones told the San Diego Union-Tribune on Thursday that he has been undergoing radiation and chemotherapy treatments since being diagnosed in November. The 67-year-old former pitcher says the cancer was caught early and hasn't spread.



Padres have creative plan to redistribute angry fans Chargers apparel (Big League Stew)

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 16:45:04 PST

Disappointed fans stand around a pile of Chargers memorabilia in front of the team’s old headquarters. Now that the Chargers have taken their ball and moved to Los Angeles, the Padres are the only top level professional sports team in San Diego. To the destruction of Chargers gear the Padres are now asking fans to reconsider their actions.



Brandon Morrow agrees to minor league deal with Dodgers (The Associated Press)

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 07:42:14 PST

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Right-hander Brandon Morrow has agreed to a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers and will report to big league spring training.



Baseball-Major League Baseball roundup (Reuters)

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 16:28:47 PST

Progressive Field, home of the Cleveland Indians, will be the site of the 2019 Major League Baseball All-Star Game. Major League Baseball and the Indians have not confirmed the news, although the club did announce Thursday that it has a press conference scheduled for Friday morning. - - Former San Diego Padres pitcher Randy Jones, the 1976 National League Cy Young Award winner, is battling throat cancer, he divulged on the team's website.



Person familiar with deal: Holland, Rockies strike $7M deal (The Associated Press)

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 15:27:43 PST

The Colorado Rockies were in need of another arm to shore up a beleaguered bullpen. Greg Holland just wanted a chance as he comes back from elbow reconstruction surgery. The right-hander agreed to a $7 million, one-year contract with the Rockies, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Wednesday.



Dodgers acquire OF Brett Eibner from A's for minor leaguer (The Associated Press)

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 13:46:39 PST

The Dodgers have acquired outfielder Brett Eibner from the Oakland Athletics for minor league infielder Jordan Tarsovich. Oakland also agreed to a $1.25 million, one-year contract with infielder Adam Rosales. Eibner combined to hit .193 with 10 doubles, a triple, six home runs and 22 RBIs with Kansas City and Oakland in his first big league season last year.



Big contract in hand, Myers embraces role as face of Padres (The Associated Press)

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 20:08:45 PST

Wil Myers was so pumped up to become the face of the San Diego Padres via an $83 million contract that his first big purchase was a nice suit to wear to a news conference Monday. This being laid-back San Diego, though, he passed on wearing a tie. The Padres will count on their dapper All-Star first baseman to help get them through some expected lean years as they begin a deep rebuilding process.



Rays trade 2B Forsythe to Dodgers for De Leon, add Tolleson (The Associated Press)

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 19:59:17 PST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Rays have traded a key component of their offense for a young pitcher the budget-minded franchise believes can help it re-emerge as a playoff contender.



Hot Stove Digest: Matt Wieters still has some interesting options (Big League Stew)

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 18:17:53 PST

WHERE TO: It’s getting to be crunch time for the remaining free agents on the market. To some, the most logical landing spot was the Atlanta Braves, but they seemed to fill the need by signing Kurt Suzuki on Saturday. So where does that leave Wieters now? Many have pointed to the Washington Nationals this week, but budget issues may be in play there.



Hot Stove Digest: Joba Chamberlain reportedly headed to Brewers (Big League Stew)

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 19:23:07 PST

On Friday, Joba Chamberlain became the latest veteran to find a new home, reportedly agreeing to a minor league deal with the Milwaukee Brewers. Chamberlain, 31, posted a 2.25 ERA over 20 innings for the Indians in 2016. Chamberlain was outright released on July 10 after refusing a minor league assignment, and ended up sitting home the rest of the season.



Cahill finalizes $1.75 million, 1-year contract with Padres (The Associated Press)

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:52:09 PST

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Right-hander Trevor Cahill and the San Diego Padres have finalized a $1.75 million, one-year contract.



Rangers complete free agent deal with RHP Tyson Ross (The Associated Press)

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:33:18 PST

Unable to acquire Tyson Ross through a trade in the past, the Texas Rangers made the right-hander a priority when he became a free agent this offseason. Ross and the Rangers on Thursday finalized a one-year deal that is worth up to $9 million for the pitcher whose only start last year came in the season opener for the San Diego Padres. ''A process a couple of years in the making,'' general manager Jon Daniels said.



Reds trade pitcher Dan Straily to Marlins for three players (Big League Stew)

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 07:30:34 PST

Dan Straily is no longer on the Reds, and now gets to spend his season in Miami. Teams are still trying to make themselves better as spring training rapidly approaches, and now there’s a trade to show for it. The Cincinnati Reds have traded right-handed pitcher Dan Straily to the Miami Marlins for three players: right-handed pitchers Luis Castillo and Austin Brice, and outfielder Isaiah White.



Trevor Hoffman misses Hall of Fame election by 5 votes (The Associated Press)

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:15:46 PST

Well, Hells Bells, Trevor Hoffman didn't make baseball's Hall of Fame for the second straight season. In his second year on the ballot, Hoffman received 327 votes, appearing on 74 percent of the ballots and just shy of the 75 percent needed to get a plaque in Cooperstown. Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez were voted in.