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Padres Home Run Streak Ends at 25 Games, 2 Shy of MLB Record

The San Diego Padres lost 6-0 to the Cincinnati Reds on Friday, marking the end of a National League record-tying streak of 25 consecutive games with at least one home run as a team, per ESPN Stats & Info.

The Padres eked out just five singles and a double in Friday’s ugly home loss, allowing Reds starter Brandon Finnegan (six innings) to improve his record to 6-8 and ERA to 4.68.

Padres starter Edwin Jackson (1-2) took the loss, giving up six runs (all earned) on 10 hits and two walks over five innings.

The team needed just two more games to tie the all-time record of 27 straight games with a home run, set by a 2002 Texas Rangers squad that featured sluggers Alex Rodriguez (57 homers), Rafael Palmeiro (43) and Ivan Rodriguez (19 in 104 games).

The Rangers still only won 72 games that year, which is about where the Padres (44-59) seem to be headed.

Although the recent power surge has led to some long-awaited excitement regarding the team’s young batters, San Diego still only went 11-14 during the streak, largely due to poor pitching.

Still, the team has to be thrilled to finally possess some building blocks on the offensive side, with 25-year-old first baseman Wil Myers the most promising of the bunch.

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Padres Match Franchise Record with Home Run in 25th Straight Game

The San Diego Padres tied a franchise record during Wednesday’s 8-4 win over the Toronto Blue Jays, hitting at least one home run as a team in a 25th consecutive game, per ESPN Stats & Info.

Infielder Adam Rosales did the honors with a two-run shot off of Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey in the top of the third inning, and was later joined by first baseman Brett Wallace (fifth inning) and outfielder Alex Dickerson (eighth inning), both of whom hit solo home runs that provided insurance.

Per ESPN Stats & Info, 10 different Padres have hit home runs during the 25-game stretch, including outfielder Melvin Upton Jr. (five), who was traded to the Blue Jays on Tuesday.

Upton made his first start for Toronto on Wednesday, recording a single and a run scored in four at-bats.

Padres second baseman Ryan Schimpf (nine homers) leads the team in home runs over the course of the streak, followed by outfielder Matt Kemp (eight), utility man Yangervis Solarte (six) and the aforementioned Dickerson (five).

Rosales and Wallace have contributed just two apiece, both serving in part-time roles.

While encouraging for the franchise’s future, the recent power surge hasn’t led to improvement in the win column, with San Diego going just 11-14 during the streak.

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Derek Norris Trade Rumors: Latest News, Speculation Surrounding Padres Catcher

The San Diego Padres are not realistic contenders as the Aug. 1 non-waiver trade deadline approaches, and they are reportedly looking to trade catcher Derek Norris as part of a selling effort, per Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.

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Padres ‘Pushing Hard’ on Norris

Sunday, July 24

In addition to the Norris news, Passan noted San Diego is also attempting to move pitcher Andrew Cashner.

Norris was a 2014 All-Star who played for the Oakland Athletics from 2012 to 2014 before joining the Padres. While he is struggling some at the dish in 2016 after hitting .250 in 2015 and a career-best .270 in 2014, he has reached double-digit home run totals in each of the last three years and brings some pop to the lineup from the catching position:

That type of long-ball potential from a catcher is likely attractive to teams looking to add some firepower, but Norris is arguably most valuable in the field when he is managing pitching staffs and nailing runners on the basepaths.

He led the major leagues with 44 runners caught stealing in 2015 and is responsible for a career-high eight total defensive runs saved above average this season with more than two months remaining on the schedule, per FanGraphs.

From San Diego’s perspective, trading Norris could open the door for another contributor. Mark Polishuk of MLB Trade Rumors noted “Norris has been rumored as a trade candidate for months, thanks to the Padres’ rebuilding plans and the club’s desire to permanently promote top prospect Austin Hedges (who has crushed Triple-A pitching over the last two seasons).”

According to MiLB.com, Hedges is hitting .367 with 17 home runs and 61 RBI through 47 games at Triple-A this season.

While the Padres will likely be set at catcher with Hedges, any team that lands Norris will receive a former All-Star who is only 27 years old with a contract that is controllable through the 2018 season, per Spotrac. That formula could help a contender chase playoff spots for the next couple of years.

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Andrew Cashner Trade Rumors: Latest News, Speculation on Padres Pitcher

Despite struggling through arguably the worst season of his career, San Diego Padres starting pitcher Andrew Cashner is reportedly generating leaguewide interest ahead of the Aug. 1 non-waiver trade deadline.

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Padres Reportedly Looking to Move Cashner

Wednesday, July 20

Jon Morosi of Fox Sports reported that “rival [executives] believe Padres [general manager] A.J. Preller wants to move [Cashner] before [his] Thursday start.”

However, Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com noted that Cashner is expected to pitch on Thursday against St. Louis, citing a source who said they were “99.9 percent” certain no trade would happen before then.

Multiple Teams Interested in Cashner

Tuesday, July 19

According to Rosenthal, several teams could make a run at acquiring Cashner, with the Texas Rangers standing out as one of his primary suitors, per MLB.com.

Cashner Presents Risk to Prospective Suitors

The 29-year-old currently sports a record of 4-7 with a career-worst 5.05 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP. His strikeout rate has also dropped since last season with 53 K’s in 67.2 innings. In 2015, the 6’6″ righty posted 165 K’s in 184.2 innings.

Injuries have been a big issue for Cashner in recent years, including this season, as he had a stint on the disabled list in June with a strained neck.

The past two campaigns have been a struggle for the former first-round pick of the Chicago Cubs after he seemingly came into his own in 2013 and 2014 as a potential top-of-the-rotation starter.

Between 2013 and 2014, Cashner posted a modest 15-16 record, but he had an impressive 2.87 ERA and 1.13 WHIP.

He hasn’t been able to get back to that level, but he has the makings of a low-risk deadline acquisition, should a team opt to trade for him.

Cashner is set to become an unrestricted free agent during the offseason, which means the commitment in terms of salary and term will be minimal.

Texas is a sensible landing spot since there are question marks in its rotation outside of the one-two punch of Cole Hamels and Yu Darvish.

With Colby Lewis and Derek Holland injured, the Rangers staff is lacking depth, but Cashner can provide it as long as he remains healthy.

Even if Cashner proves to be little more than an innings eater down the stretch, he is a worthwhile acquisition for the Rangers or any other contending team in need of pitching help since it doesn’t figure to cost a ton to get him with free agency approaching.


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Wil Myers Contract: Latest News, Rumors on 1B’s Negotiations with Padres

With first baseman Wil Myers in the midst of his first All-Star season, both he and the San Diego Padres are reportedly open to working out a long-term contract.

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Myers, Padres Looking Toward Offseason Negotiations

Saturday, July 16

According to Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune, Myers and the Padres aren’t interested in having discussions during the season, as they plan to wait until the offseason before hammering out details.

Per Spotrac.com, the 25-year-old is making just over $500,000 this season and is arbitration-eligible in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

According to Lin, Myers made it clear that he is content to play out the rest of the 2016 campaign before worrying about his future with the club:

I don’t think anybody would ever be opposed to talking about money, but as far as that’s concerned, I want to go out every day and just play. I don’t want to worry about extension talk, I don’t want to worry about money. I just want to go out and worry about each at-bat I have. … Obviously, we’ll listen to anything, but when that time comes up, we can discuss it then.

The former third-round pick of the Kansas City Royals also expressed confidence in the direction of the team and a desire to be part of the turnaround moving forward:

I love San Diego. I love every part of it. Obviously, winning is more important to me, being a competitor. It is tougher to play games that aren’t as meaningful, but I really believe that the Padres have a legitimate plan in place. I think what they’ve done this season is going to lead to something special in the future.

They’re spending a lot of money, and that’s what the Royals did from ’07 to 2012. They signed a bunch of players, they drafted great players, they spent money on the draft. I think that’s kind of the model that mid-market teams need to go after, and I think that’s what we’re doing here. And I think it’s going to be a great thing for us coming up in the future, and hopefully I can be around for that.

The 2016 season is Myers’ second with the Padres after coming over in a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays, and he has broken out in a big way. Along with a .289 batting average and .355 on-base percentage, the North Carolina native has already set career highs with 20 home runs, 61 RBI and 15 stolen bases.

Myers has struggled with injuries for much of his career, especially last season when he appeared in just 60 games, but he is trending toward becoming an elite all-around player when healthy.

The Padres have remade their roster and shuffled several big-name players in and out of town in recent years, but Myers is a key building block and potential franchise guy they can’t afford to lose.


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Anderson Espinoza to Padres: Latest Trade Details and Scouting Report

As the San Diego Padres plan for the future, they continue to raid the Boston Red Sox‘s loaded farm system to find answers.

Per Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald, the Padres acquired minor league right-hander Anderson Espinoza from the Red Sox on Thursday. Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reported the Red Sox received All-Star left-hander Drew Pomeranz in the deal. 

The Padres know Boston’s farm system well, having acquired outfielder Manuel Margot, shortstop Javier Guerra, infielder Carlos Asuaje and lefty Logan Allen in exchange for Craig Kimbrel in November. 

It’s an excellent system to raid if you need prospects, which the Padres do after Baseball America ranked their system as the 25th-best in Major League Baseball in February.

Espinoza gives the Padres an electric arm they can potentially build their starting rotation around in the future. He is a risky bet at just 18 years old, but the Venezuelan is already pitching in Low-A and has held his own.

Those numbers are especially impressive considering Espinoza started the year as the youngest player in the South Atlantic League. 

Oh, did I mention the stuff?

Espinoza has a dazzling arm that scouts are drooling over. MLB.com ranked him as the 34th-best prospect in its most recent update, offering this synopsis of his talent:

Because of Espinoza’s small stature, big stuff and precocious command, he draws some extreme comparisons to Pedro Martinez. With little effort in his delivery, he usually works at 94-97 mph with his fastball. Both Espinoza’s tight curveball and sinking changeup are more advanced than those of the typical teenager, showing the potential to become plus pitches.

The main concern as Espinoza continues to climb the ladder will be his durability. He’s been terrific so far, but he has thrown only 76 innings over 17 starts. He also stands at just 6’0″ and 160 pounds, per MiLB.com.

As Espinoza continues to move through the minors, he will have to take on a greater workload while continuing to pump 90-plus mph heaters and sharp curveballs every fifth day. 

A reasonable comparison is Carl Edwards Jr., whom the Chicago Cubs acquired from the Texas Rangers as part of a trade for Matt Garza in 2013. He is taller than Espinoza at 6’3″, but he’s also thin at 170 pounds and struggled to stay healthy as a starter in 2014 before the Cubs moved him to the bullpen. 

The team can use Espinoza as a closer or high-leverage late-inning reliever. But it didn’t trade an All-Star left-hander who has two more years under team control in hopes of finding a bullpen arm.

Espinoza’s ceiling is off the charts, making him a worthy gamble for the rebuilding Padres.

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Drew Pomeranz Reportedly Will Be Traded to Red Sox

San Diego Padres starting pitcher Drew Pomeranz reportedly will be traded in the midst of a career season.

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Pomeranz Reportedly Traded to Red Sox

Thursday, July 14 

According to Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Padres have agreed to deal Pomeranz to the Red Sox in a trade that “is believed to include one of the Red Sox’s better prospects.”

Pitching prospect Anderson Espinoza is headed to San Diego as part of the trade, according to Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald. 

Pomeranz Draws Interest from Slew of Teams

Wednesday, July 13

Lin reported at least 10 teams have expressed interest in Pomeranz.

Marlins Reportedly Exploring Potential Pomeranz Trade

Wednesday, July 13

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reported that the Miami Marlins have interest in Pomeranz along with Jake Odorizzi of the Tampa Bay Rays and Rich Hill of the Oakland Athletics.

Rangers Reportedly Interested in Pomeranz

Tuesday, July 12

FoxSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal reported the buzz surrounding Pomeranz, who has gotten poor run support this year, leading to an 8-7 record despite a 2.47 ERA.

According to ESPN.com’s Samuel Henken, Texas initially drafted Pomeranz out of high school all the way back in 2007. It would be quite the story if he were to end up in Arlington nearly a decade later.

A dearth of quality starting pitching has held the Rangers back from further greatness in recent years. This season’s club sits atop the American League West thanks in large part to an improvement in that area.

Adding a younger arm like Pomeranz to a staff that’s tied for seventh with 49 quality starts in 2016 will only aid Texas’ cause to claim the division crown.

Pomeranz’s Strong Pitch Selection Enticing to Potential Suitors

The 27-year-old was recently selected as an All-Star for the first time and tossed a one-hit fourth inning on Tuesday night for the National League squad.

When Pomeranz was asked what the highlight of the All-Star Game was, he said, per the Padres’ official Twitter account, “Besides playing here in our home park, it’s being around all these guys.”

He seemed to be at home in San Diego, yet since the Padres are among the worst teams in the National League, they need to be thinking about rebuilding the roster. 

Although he doesn’t have elite velocity, Pomeranz relies a lot on his fastball, which hovers in the low 90s rather consistently, per Brooks Baseball. Pomeranz also throws an effective cutter and sinker, but his curve is what really baffles batters.

Such a diverse pitching arsenal keeps hitters off balance, as he’s yielded only a .184 opponents’ batting average and logged 115 strikeouts in only 102 innings of work this season.

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Wil Myers’ Return to Stardom Could Create Trade-Market Frenzy

It’s happening a year later than they would have liked, but Wil Myers has become a star for the San Diego Padres in 2016.

Given the state of things in San Diego, though, all this does is raise the question of when Myers will be starring on a different team.

The Padres are not only terrible, but are clearly tanking. Their big effort to strike it big in 2015 ended in failure, and they didn’t bother to keep the dream alive. The departures of Ian Kennedy, Justin Upton and Craig Kimbrel over the winter signaled the start of a full-on rebuild.

Now the Padres are in last place in the NL West at 33-45, and their rebuild has already led to James Shields’ exit via the trade market. If they were willing to get what they could for Shields while they could, their best trade chip may indeed be next.

That’s Myers, of course. The 25-year-old has an .874 OPS and a career-high 18 home runs through 76 games. Throw in 11 stolen bases and strong defense, and you get a guy Baseball-Reference.com WAR and FanGraphs WAR agreed was an elite first baseman entering play Tuesday:

This is a departure from what Myers did the last two years. In 2014 with the Tampa Bay Rays and in 2015 with the Padres, he OPS’d just .675 with 14 home runs across 147 games. He seemed to be damaged goods, hurting his right wrist in 2014 and then having surgery on his left wrist in 2015.

However, this is also the kind of player Myers teased he could be when he won American League Rookie of the Year in 2013. He had an .831 OPS and 13 homers in only 88 games that year, numbers that were in tune with what he did as Baseball America‘s Minor League Player of the Year in 2012.

Regaining his health always had to be Myers’ first step toward reclaiming his former glory. Not surprisingly, he’s taken that step. He was optimistic in an interview with Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune just before Opening Day and was singing the same tune a few weeks later, according to Dennis Lin, also of the Union-Tribune:

One of the biggest things is really finding that feel and finding what it was like to be healthy and be good at the same time. I’ve been so far removed from that, since 2013 and at the beginning of last year, but I’m finally feeling that again. … I’ve started to find that approach, I’ve started to find that confidence again, I’ve started to find that reassurance that I can play at a high level in the big leagues.

A mechanical change could have just as much to do with Myers’ turnaround as having his health and confidence in a better place. As AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reported, hitting coach Alan Zinter is having Myers start his load “a split-second earlier.” As a result, some key weaknesses have disappeared.

“He’s had that opposite-field power all year,” Padres manager Andy Green said. “But now he’s got the ability to cover all pitches at this point in time. He looks great.”

Myers is indeed doing a better job of going the other way, entering Tuesday with a career-low 36.5 pull percentage. According to Baseball Savant, this is the first time in his career that he’s hit pitches in and pitches away with equal efficiency:

Those are the details, but the big picture is simple. Myers was a talented young player who got bad for good reasons and is now good again for good reasons. Factor in the Padres’ dire situation and the sign that says they’re open for business, and the trade winds swirling around Myers haven’t come out of nowhere.

There’s no guarantee Myers will actually go anywhere. Judging from what Jon Morosi of MLB Network reported recently, the Padres aren’t desperate to flip him:

At Today’s Knuckleball, Jon Heyman added Myers figures to stay in San Diego at least through the All-Star break. That way he can be the local hero in a game played at Petco Park.

Beyond that, there’s the obvious reason the Padres aren’t in a hurry to deal Myers. In Heyman’s words: “Another reason that they want to hold on to him altogether is that he’s emerging as the slugging star they’d hoped.”

Find a place to wedge in “young and controllable,” and the gist is that much easier to get. Like all rebuilding teams, the Padres need to accumulate as much young and controllable talent as they can. At 25 and with three years of club control beyond 2016, Myers fits the bill.

Myers is the only Padre who does, though. The young talent they’re looking to build a winner around is still mostly in the minors, and there’s not enough of it for the Padres to plan on having built a winner before Myers’ time with the club runs out. At the start of 2016, Baseball America, Baseball Prospectus and ESPN.com all had the San Diego farm system ranked in the bottom half of the league.

A Myers trade could fix that. According to Heyman, the Padres have four A-grade prospects in mind as his sticker price. Getting that return or something close to it on this summer’s market isn’t impossible.

As Aaron Gleeman highlighted at Baseball Prospectus, 2016 is shaping up to be a bad year for production at first base. The haves are feeling the effects just as much as the have-nots. Among the teams that could potentially be in the market for a first base upgrade are the New York Yankees, Washington Nationals, Houston Astros, Texas Rangers, Miami Marlins, New York Mets and Boston Red Sox. Whenever there are that many prospective suitors, the seeds for a bidding war are there.

Simply getting Myers as a quick fix isn’t the only reason teams could stay in the fray.

With this winter’s free-agent market due to feature few impact bats, Myers’ three extra years of controllability should look attractive. There are also the alternatives to consider. Jay Bruce and Ryan Braun look like impact trade chips for teams seeking bats. Ditto for Jonathan Lucroy. But none of those three offer much value beyond 2016. And if a team is looking strictly for a first base upgrade, the best option after Myers might be Chris Carter. He has more power than Myers, but that’s it.

For now, odds are the Padres will indeed hold on to Myers through the All-Star break. But after that, the August 1 trade deadline will be near. Trade winds that are only blowing now could start howling.

Come August 2, Myers could be donning new threads.


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Jon Jay Injury: Updates on Padres OF’s Arm and Return

San Diego Padres center fielder Jon Jay left Sunday evening’s game against the Washington Nationals after suffering a right forearm contusion, the team announced

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Jay’s Status Unknown

Sunday, June 19

Jay was hit by a pitch from Washington’s Gio Gonzalez in the fourth inning but managed to stay in the game for two more innings before exiting.

The team has not disclosed the severity of the contusion or a timetable for his return.

Jay was enjoying a solid start to his tenure with the Padres after six seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals. Entering Sunday’s game, Jay was batting .299 while leading the National League with 24 doubles and the Padres with 80 hits.

He doesn’t hold an abundance of power, with just two home runs this season, but he is able to make contact and drive the ball to all corners of the field, which has made him a solid contributor toward the top of San Diego’s lineup.

The Padres and Jay will hope the injury doesn’t keep him out for a considerable amount of time. Last season with the Cardinals, he missed all of July and August after suffering an injury to his surgically repaired left wrist.

Travis Jankowski stepped in for Jay after he left Sunday’s game and will most likely take over center field duties if Jay misses more time.

Jankowski had appeared in 45 games prior to Sunday’s contest and was batting .241 with a home run and three RBI this season, so he’s hardly the kind of replacement the Padres can rely on in a long-term scenario.

The Padres headed into Sunday’s contest 16 games behind the National League West-leading San Francisco Giants. If they lose Jay for an extended period of time, that deficit might worsen.


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Wil Myers Trade Rumors: Latest News, Speculation Surrounding Padres Star

The San Diego Padres have reportedly put first baseman Wil Myers on the trade block, which is a wise move for the struggling franchise.

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Report: Padres Willing to Deal Myers

Thursday, June 16

Per Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball, the Padres are “open” to trading Myers, and teams “have been eyeing” the 25-year-old. 

Heyman did not mention specific teams that have checked in on Myers, nor did he say that any potential deal is imminent. 

The Padres opened the trading season by dealing James Shields to the Chicago White Sox on June 4, though that was just about getting rid of a struggling veteran because the White Sox are only paying $27 million of the $58 million still remaining on the right-hander’s contract. 

Myers is a player who could bring the Padres real talent back. He is having a solid season with a .281/.321/.504 slash line, 28 extra-base hits in 65 games and is a solid defender at first base with two defensive runs saved, per FanGraphs

In addition to Myers’ numbers, the Padres can increase their asking price for him because he’s under team control through 2019. 

The biggest key for Myers is health. He’s never played in more than 88 games since debuting in 2013, but the former American League Rookie of the Year has missed just two games so far this season. 

The Padres are on the decline, sitting in the National League West cellar and even being blasted on the radio by their own executive chairman. 

San Diego tried to speed up its rebuilding process by spending a lot of money before last season to acquire Myers, Shields, Matt Kemp, Justin Upton and Craig Kimbrel. It didn’t work, and now is the time to go back to the drawing board. 

Trading Myers wouldn’t sit well with a frustrated fanbase, but if he can bring back two high-level prospects, it’s a good strategy to at least explore making a move before the August 1 deadline.

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