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    Padres 2015 Offseason Thread

    Anything that does not warrant it's own thread can go here...


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    Happy birthday to Yasmani Grandal. He turns 26 years old today.


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    Padres arbitration salaries predicted by MLB Trade Rumors

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    Ian Kennedy (5.124) – $10.3MM
    Blaine Boyer (5.070) – $1.0MM
    Everth Cabrera (4.144) – $2.9MM
    Andrew Cashner (4.126) – $4.3MM
    Tyson Ross (3.126) – $5.7MM
    Yonder Alonso (3.116) – $1.6MM
    Rene Rivera (3.082) – $1.3MM
    Dale Thayer (3.071) – $1.3MM
    Alexi Amarista (3.053) – $1.5MM
    Joe Wieland (2.161) – $500K
    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2014/1...-for-2015.html


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    Sports Illustrated predicts Top 50 Free Agent landing spots and the Padres made the list.

    MICHAEL MORSE
    Position: OF | Age: 32
    Current Team: Giants
    Best Fit: Padres
    2014 Stats: .279 BA, .811 OPS, 16 HR, 61 RBI, 0 SB
    Morse didn't shake his reputation for fragility in his year in San Francisco. He missed 15 crucial September games with a strained oblique, and his 131 games played was only the second highest total of his career. But when he’s available, he provides major righthanded power, an increasingly scarce (and therefore ever more valuable) resource. The Padres are in desperate need of it, as their team OPS of .634 was the league's second lowest in nearly three decades, and Morse might end up falling into their modest price range.
    http://www.si.com/mlb/2014/11/03/rei...-james-shields


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    And MLB Trade Rumors released a similar Top 50 free agency prediction list with landing spots...

    25. Adam LaRoche – Padres. LaRoche, 35 this month, posted a career-best .362 on-base percentage in 2014. He also popped a healthy 26 home runs, third among free agents. One negative is that he has been ineffective against left-handed pitching. The Nationals recently chose a $2MM buyout over LaRoche’s $15MM mutual option, and chose not to make a qualifying offer. Without that encumbrance, LaRoche can try for a three-year deal but may still settle for two. The Brewers are off the board for LaRoche after acquiring Adam Lind, but the Padres, Pirates, and Marlins may look to upgrade at first base. The Orioles, White Sox, Tigers, Royals, Mariners, and Angels could make sense in some scenarios.

    49. Josh Johnson – Padres. Johnson, 31 in January, was the prime high-risk, high-reward starting pitcher from last offseason. He had Tommy John surgery in late April, however, so 2015 will be an abbreviated campaign at best. Johnson’s front-rotation abilities are getting further in the rearview mirror, but his potential if healthy remains interesting. The Padres turned down a $4MM club option, but Johnson’s agent Matt Sosnick said, “His first choice is to go back to San Diego.”
    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2014/1...edictions.html


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    The Padres must consider trading one of their catchers (Yasmani Grandal, Rene Rivera, or propsect Austin Hedges) in order to improve their offense, opines Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune.


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    The Padres will listen to trade offers for their top three pitchers (Ian Kennedy, Andrew Cashner, and Tyson Ross) as well as catchers, Yasmani Grandal and Rene Rivera, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reported yesterday. Presumably it would take quite an offer to part with Cashner or Ross, and Kennedy could be held and reassessed at the trade deadline. Behind the plate, the 26-year-old, former top prospect Grandal has yet to establish himself fully. Though he posted a solid 112 wRC+ last year, he also rated as one of the league’s worst defensive catchers. Rivera, meanwhile, came out of nowhere to post by far his most extensive and productive MLB season in 2014, slashing .252/.319/.432 over 329 plate appearances while grading out as one of the game’s best-fielding backstops.


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    The Padres announced that they have designated right-hander Blaine Boyer and outfielder Yeison Asencio for assignment.

    Boyer, 33, returned to the Majors for the first time since 2011 this past season and pitched relatively well out of the San Diego ‘pen. The well-traveled veteran tallied a 3.57 ERA with 6.5 K/9, 1.8 BB/9 and a 42.5 percent ground-ball rate in 40 1/3 innings for manager Bud Black. Boyer has over five years of service time and projected to earn $1MM in arbitration (per MLBTR contributor Matt Swartz), and the Padres instead opted to use that roster spot to protect themselves heading into the Rule 5 Draft.

    Asencio, who turned 25 last Friday, batted a combined .291/.330/.433 with 15 homers and eight steals in 572 plate appearances between Double-A and Triple-A. Baseball America ranked him 24th among Padres farmhands in each of the past two offseasons, more recently noting that he’s a bad ball hitter with an aggressive approach and a very strong arm in right field.
    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2014/1...ssignment.html


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    Reds Listening On Jay Bruce; Padres Have Shown Interest
    By Steve Adams [November 21, 2014 at 11:52am CST]
    FRIDAY: In response to the report that Bruce rejected the Reds’ extension offers, agent Matt Sosnick went on the record with ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick to offer the following statement:

    “It is true that the Reds made Jay two offers during the season. The fact the deal didn’t get done had nothing to do with Jay’s desire to remain a Red for life, which is still the case. It was more about his desire to make sure that contract talks didn’t become a distraction during the season. But Jay still greatly appreciated the offers.”

    THURSDAY: The Reds have long been known to be open to dealing a starter this winter — Johnny Cueto, Mike Leake, Mat Latos and Alfredo Simon are all free agents following the 2015 season — but Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that they’re also open to moving other high-priced players. According to Rosenthal, the Reds are listening to offers for Jay Bruce and have had preliminary trade discussions with other clubs, including the Padres.

    Rosenthal’s sources indicate that the Reds made a pair of extension offers to Bruce prior to the 2014 season, but Bruce rejected each scenario. Bruce, of course, went on to have his worst season in 2014, due largely to an early injury that required knee surgery. Bruce missed just 15 days following the operation and never felt right after that, GM Walt Jocketty admits. The two-time All-Star and Silver Slugger winner batted just .217/.281/.373 with a career-low 18 home runs this year.

    The Reds certainly aren’t committed to moving Bruce, Rosenthal notes, adding that owner Bob Castellini’s preference is likely to try to win in 2015. Adding a left fielder and receiving full, healthy seasons from Bruce, Joey Votto, Homer Bailey and Brandon Phillips could go a long way toward that end, but the Reds do have somewhat of a payroll crunch on their hands that could limit their flexibility this offseason if they don’t trade at least one significant salary away.

    Though Bruce struggled in 2014 following his operation, he’s been a force at the plate throughout his career. The 27-year-old batted .262/.337/.489 and averaged 30 homers from 2010-13. He’s owed $12MM in 2015, $12.5MM in 2016 and has a $13MM club option with a $1MM buyout for the 2017 season. His $51MM extension contains a limited no-trade clause that allows him to block deals to eight clubs, as shown on Cot’s Contracts. Clearly, the Reds wouldn’t move Bruce simply to save cash and would be looking for a significant return in terms of prospects and/or young, MLB-ready talent in a potential deal.
    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2014/1...-interest.html


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    A pair of rival executives described Padres GM A.J. Preller as “all over the map” when asked by Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. Preller, Rosenthal writes, is furiously exploring both trade and free agent possibilities to boost his new club’s offense. According to Rosenthal, Preller was in contact with the Braves about Jason Heyward prior to their trade with the Cardinals, and he’s also called on Jay Bruce and Matt Kemp in addition to showing legitimate interest in Pablo Sandoval. One of Preller’s colleagues estimated to Rosenthal that the San Diego GM has had “baseline discussions” on at least 200 players this offseason. Suffice it to say, Padres fans should likely expect some form of significant move in Preller’s first offseason at the helm.
    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2014/1...on-giants.html


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    I know how unlikely it is but if the Padres were to add two of Yasmany Tomas, Pablo Sandoval and Jay Bruce this offense is officially back.


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    and now the Padres are talking to the Dodgers about Matt Kemp per MLBTR


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    Hey Dominguez, as a Pads fan what could you see Grandal getting back in a trade?

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    Unfortunately I am not a Padres fan I just wanted to see if we could jump start this forum a little since it's so dead. To answer your question though Grandal is just 26 years old and hit 15 home runs in Yellow Stone National Park. He's an offensive catcher in a limited market for offensive catchers, even if he did start slow in 2014, and would fetch and absolute ton if traded.

    I don't know how many years of team control he has left, I'm guessing four more years, but he seems like someone you would be willing to empty the farm for. Add in the fact that he is a switch hitter and you have a pretty attractive piece.

    I remember reading something about pitchers preferring to throw to catchers other than Grandal which leads me to believe he can't call a game, let's too many passed balls go by, etc. so a move to first base may be in the future. If that's the case, again as a non Padres fan so I don't watch everyday, the time to trade him in now and go with Rene Rivera and Austin Hedges going forward.

    My two cents.

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    Hey Dominguez, as a Pads fan what could you see Grandal getting back in a trade?


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    The Padres have announced that Mark Kotsay will join the team’s uniformed staff as the hitting coach. Kotsay, 39 tomorrow, saw action in 17 MLB campaigns — including two stints with the Friars. He hung up his spikes before the 2014 season, which he spent with the organization as a special assistant.

    Here’s more out of San Diego:

    GM A.J. Preller is “aggressively” seeking to acquire bats that would position the team as a near-term division contender, according to Buster Olney of ESPN.com (Twitter link). The team has already been a significant factor in several early signings, though it has yet to land a major target this offseason.
    We already took a look at a recent piece from MLB.com’s Corey Brock addressing the Padres’ offseason efforts, but another of his notes bears mention. Recently-dealt third baseman Chase Headley, now a free agent, is not believed to be a fit for his old club, a source tells Brock. A reunion had at least seemed hypothetically plausible, especially after the team dangled big money at Pablo Sandoval.
    Like other clubs around the game, the Pads are preparing to make some difficult non-tender decisions tomorrow evening. As Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune writes, the decision on shortstop Everth Cabrera is complicated by his recent PED suspension, arrest for driving under the influence of marijuana, and related charge for resisting arrest. Sources tell Lin that Cabrera was “not entirely forthcoming” with the club in the aftermath of the DUI, which may play a role in the team’s decision. Of course, the 28-year-old’s .232/.272/.300 slash last year does not help his cause either.
    Free agent starter Josh Johnson is still weighing offers from multiple teams, agent Matt Sosnick told MLBTR in last week’s podcast (around the 18:00 mark). “He’s a pretty loyal guy,” said Sosnick, such that “the chances are he probably goes back to San Diego.” Johnson’s representative explained that the righty was drawing “a ton of interest” from other clubs, but valued many things about his relationship with the Padres. As he rehabs back from Tommy John surgery, the 30-year-old hopes to start throwing from a mound in the middle of February.
    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2014/1...h-johnson.html


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