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Padres signed C Griff Erickson to a minor league contract.

The deal will presumably include an invitation to spring training as well. The 26-year-old backstop has spent his entire eight-year minor league career in the Dodgers organization. He flashed some offensive potential at Triple-A Albuquerque in 2014, slashing .297/.384/.510 with seven homers and 29 RBI in 60 contests.
Nov 22 - 8:17 AM

Padres designated OF Yeison Asencio for assignment.

Asencio hit .291/.330/.433 with 15 homers over 138 games between Double- and Triple-A this season. He just turned 25, so it's possible he'll draw interest on waivers.
Nov 20 - 10:15 PM

Padres designated RHP Blaine Boyer for assignment.

Boyer pitched pretty decently for San Diego in 2014, holding a 3.57 ERA over 32 relief appearances. He was arbitration-eligible, though, and the Padres decided they had a better use for the 40-man roster spot.
Nov 20 - 10:11 PM

Padres purchased the contract of OF Alex Dickerson from Double-A San Antonio.

Dickerson missed most of the season following heel surgery, but he played well when healthy, batting .321/.367/.496 with three homers over 34 Double-A contests. He's now protected from the Rule 5 Draft.
Nov 20 - 10:10 PM

Padres purchased the contract of 2B Taylor Lindsey from Triple-A El Paso.

Acquired from the Angles in the Huston Street trade, Lindsey had a disappointing 2014 campaign with just a .238/.306/.372 batting line. He'll turn just 23 next month, though, and was certainly worth protecting from the Rule 5 Draft.
Nov 20 - 10:08 PM

Padres purchased the contract of RHP Tayron Guerrero from High-A Lake Elsinore.

Guerrero thrived in a full-time move to the bullpen this past season, posting a 1.45 ERA with 56 strikeouts over 49 2/3 innings. The 23-year-old is now protected from the Rule 5 Draft.
Nov 20 - 10:05 PM

Padres acquired LHP Kyle Bartsch from the Royals in exchange for OF Reymond Fuentes.

A seventh-round pick in 2013, Bartsch holds a 2.35 ERA with 89 strikeouts over his first 84 1/3 pro innings. The undersized lefty reliever obviously is a ways away from the majors.
Nov 20 - 9:05 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Royals and Rangers have expressed interest in Ian Kennedy.

The Padres are also fielding inquiries on Andrew Cashner and Tyson Ross, but Kennedy is seen as the likeliest to be traded. Rosenthal notes that the Royals might not match up with the Padres, who are looking for offense. Kennedy is arbitration-eligible for the final time this winter before hitting free agency next offseason.
Nov 18 - 9:01 AM

Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune hears free agent Josh Johnson is talking to five or six teams.

Lin also reports that nothing is imminent and that the Padres remain his top choice. There seems to be some mutual interest there, as Joel Sherman previously heard the club was "working hard" to bring him back. A one-year deal to try to re-establish value is likely for Johnson, wherever he signs.
Nov 15 - 6:32 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Padres are listening to trade offers for catchers Yasmani Grandal and Rene Rivera.

Grandal had a strong second half as he further distanced himself from ACL surgery, but many of his starts down the stretch came at first base. Rivera has more of a backup profile but slugged 11 homers this past season. The Padres have top prospect Austin Hedges not far away from his debut and it sounds like they might want to clear some room for him.
Nov 14 - 9:20 AM

Eric Stults has elected free agency.

Stults was designated for assignment by the Padres last week. The southpaw should draw interest as a back-end starter, but he's unlikely to have the same success away from PETCO Park.
Nov 12 - 3:32 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Padres "continue to listen" on trade inquiries involving Andrew Cashner, Ian Kennedy, and Tyson Ross.

And why wouldn't they? This might not mean much, as teams should always be willing to listen for ways to improve their club. That's certainly the case for the Padres, who are likely not a move or two away from contention. For what it's worth, Rosenthal pegs the Braves, Indians, Diamondbacks, Royals, Rangers and Cubs as the teams who have a need and could match up best with the Padres.
Nov 12 - 12:32 PM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Padres are "working hard" to re-sign right-hander Josh Johnson.

Johnson didn't pitch at all this season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in April. The Padres declined their $4 million option on him for 2015, but they are open to bringing him back for a lesser salary.
Nov 11 - 10:41 AM

San Diego’s District Attorney’s office has filed a criminal complaint against Everth Cabrera for resisting an officer's order during his September arrest for DUI.

Cabrera was detained in San Diego County on September 3 for driving under the influence of marijuana and now his list of charges is growing. San Diego's DA office has also filed a vehicle infraction for possession of marijuana against the 27-year-old shortstop. These are all misdemeanor offenses, and Cabrera will probably be punished with fines instead of jail time.
Nov 6 - 2:26 PM

Troy Patton has been suspended 80 games following a third positive test for amphetamines.

Patton recently elected to become a free agent after being outrighted off the Padres' 40-man roster and now his resume comes with some serious baggage. The 29-year-old left-hander owns a cool 3.25 ERA in 169 career major league innings, but the team that takes a chance on him this winter will not be able to use him until the second half of the 2015 regular season.
Nov 5 - 4:53 PM


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