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Brito, Waldron kick off auditions for Padres' rotation

@AJCassavell
February 23, 2024

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Cactus League play began Thursday, but the Padres’ rotation battle formally got underway on Friday afternoon in Glendale. With two places currently available at the back end of the San Diego rotation, Jhony Brito and Matt Waldron -- two of the most obvious contenders -- faced the

Darvish's Spring Training goal: 'Be ready by Korea'

@AJCassavell
February 23, 2024

PEORIA, Ariz. -- It's not quite spring 2023 for Yu Darvish. A year ago, the veteran right-hander pitched for Team Japan at the World Baseball Classic. He trained in Japan and didn't join the Padres until after the tournament was over. In the meantime, as Japan made its run to

Merrill flashy at new position; Matsui K's the side

@AJCassavell
February 22, 2024

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Glass half full, it’s baseball season. Glass half empty, this was an inauspicious way for the 2024 Padres to get things started. Given that it’s Feb. 22, the Padres will gladly take the glass-half-full view following their 14-1 loss to the rival Dodgers on Thursday afternoon in

Stream in-market Padres games live in 2024

@bmags94
February 14, 2024

Major League Baseball announced an in-market streaming option to watch the Padres during the 2024 MLB season.

'Love a challenge,' says Salas, in camp at 17

@AJCassavell
February 22, 2024

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Padres' future, present to blend in Cactus League

Team will sort out which prospects are ready during spring games
@AJCassavell
February 21, 2024

PEORIA, Ariz. -- It’s baseball season. The Padres begin their Cactus League slate on Thursday, when they host the Dodgers at Peoria Stadium. They'll send Joe Musgrove to the mound for the opener.

Top power-hitting prospects -- one from each team

@SamDykstraMiLB and @JimCallisMLB and @JonathanMayo
February 21, 2024

Slugging percentage, isolated slugging percentage, exit velocity, hard-hit rate, barrel percentage, good old-fashioned dingers. Power is one of the most qualitative, and thus easiest to measure, tools in the game of baseball. It’s also one of the most tantalizing and mesmerizing as tape-measure shots draw the most oohs and aahs

Profar heads back to Padres on 1-year deal

@AJCassavell
12:02 PM PST

PEORIA, Ariz. -- The Padres finalized a one-year deal with veteran utility man Jurickson Profar on Saturday. The deal was agreed upon two weeks ago, though Profar dealt with visa issues en route to Spring Training camp, which delayed his physical until Saturday. Once he passed that physical, the deal

For Padres, it's hurry up and ... what?

Roster adjustments seem likely, but there's an accelerated timetable this spring
@AJCassavell
February 20, 2024

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Padres are not done adding to their offense. A cursory glance at their roster makes that clear enough, and team sources have indicated that general manager A.J. Preller remains active. But speaking Tuesday from Cactus League Media Day in Glendale, Ariz., Preller sought to make this

5 ripple effects of Bogaerts’ position switch

@AJCassavell
February 19, 2024

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'Comfort and confidence': Campusano ready for starting catcher role

@AJCassavell
February 19, 2024

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Luis Campusano, at long last, is the Padres’ starting catcher. The road to this point has been so long and so winding, it’s easy to forget he’s only 25 years old. Promoted as a top prospect in 2020, Campusano dealt with his share of injuries in his

New-look Padres have been 'hungry all offseason'

@AJCassavell
February 17, 2024

PEORIA, Ariz. -- With Friday’s full-squad workout and Saturday’s season-opening team meeting in the books, the 2024 Padres have officially arrived. Needless to say, those 2024 Padres are eager to separate themselves from the '23 edition -- and everything that woebegone season entailed. “We could’ve been a lot better last

Kutsenda plans to carry forward Seidler's legacy in SD

@AJCassavell
February 17, 2024

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Around this time every spring -- shortly after the Padres' full squad had reported to Spring Training -- owner Peter Seidler would address the team and the media from the Peoria Sports Complex. Seidler's exact wording would change. But the message was always the same. Ever the

Bogaerts moving to second; Kim named Padres' shortstop

@AJCassavell
February 16, 2024

PEORIA, Ariz. -- The Padres, with their roster full of shortstops, will have a new shortstop in 2024. Xander Bogaerts will move to second base this season, manager Mike Shildt said Friday, with Ha-Seong Kim, the reigning utility Gold Glove Award winner, flipping from second base back to short. Bogaerts,

'I'm betting on our guys': SD prospects hyped for Spring Breakout showcase

@AJCassavell
February 15, 2024

PEORIA, Ariz. -- A month ahead of the Padres' “Spring Breakout” showdown against the Mariners -- a game featuring some of the top prospects from each organization -- Major League Baseball unveiled further details for the league-wide event on Thursday. All 30 clubs will participate, with 15 games airing on

How will Padres shape outfield around Tatis?

@AJCassavell
February 15, 2024

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Here's everything you need to know about Spring Breakout

@SamDykstraMiLB
February 15, 2024

One of the great joys of the annual All-Star Futures Game is the chance to put some of the game’s top prospects on one field in the middle of the summer and let them show off the tools that make them the future of baseball. But what if instead of

Tatis planning to use Acuña's 2023 season as blueprint

@AJCassavell
February 14, 2024

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Here’s Fernando Tatis Jr., evaluating his 2023 season: “It was just a grind,” Tatis said Wednesday. “I feel like I never found my swing last year during the entire season. I was searching, searching, searching. And then when I opened my eyes, it was the end of

Breaking down every team's impact offseason moves

February 14, 2024

MLB’s offseason has been dominated by headline-grabbing superstar signings and blockbuster trades, so it’s understandable if some of your favorite teams’ moves went under the radar. To help you out, here is a list of each team’s offseason moves, breaking down who has left and who’s been acquired for all

The prospect to watch at Padres camp

@SamDykstraMiLB and @JimCallisMLB and @JonathanMayo
February 14, 2024

Spring won't officially arrive for another month, but Spring Training has. Pitchers and catchers officially have reported and the remainder of the position players will do so early next week. Let the competition for big league jobs begin! Below, we identify an interesting prospect in each organization who’s vying for

Machado's 'hit every checkpoint' and could be ready for Seoul opener

@AJCassavell
February 13, 2024

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Manny Machado rolled into the Peoria Sports Complex on Tuesday morning, his second day at Padres camp this spring. He took a few swings. He took ground balls at third base and threw a few across the diamond. None of it would’ve been particularly noteworthy -- except

Padres eye OF upgrades, opportunity during spring camp 

@AJCassavell
February 13, 2024

PEORIA, Ariz. -- The Padres have postseason aspirations and an incomplete roster. That was the backdrop on Tuesday, as general manager A.J. Preller held his annual early-spring media availability. Here are three key takeaways: 1) Open for business With vacancies in the outfield, the rotation and the bench, the Padres

Every ranked prospect in big league camp

@SamDykstraMiLB and @JoeTrezz and @JimCallisMLB and @JonathanMayo
February 13, 2024

You see it every Spring Training. Invited to Major League camp, there are always prospects who shine so bright under the Florida or Arizona sun that they force their organizations' hand. Given a chance, they swing or pitch their way onto a big league roster or simply make a splash,