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San Diego Padres

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Padres signed RHP Jay Jackson to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Jackson was once a highly-regarded prospect with the Cubs, but he has fallen off the radar in recent years. The 27-year-old posted a 4.93 ERA over 18 starts and 13 relief appearances at the Triple-A level last season between the Brewers and Pirates. He figures to serve as minor league depth for San Diego.
Jan 26 - 4:18 PM

Padres signed INF Ramiro Pena to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Pena, 29, batted .245/.304/.347 in 81 games with the Braves last season. He'll try to secure a bench job in the spring.
Jan 26 - 4:15 PM

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports writes that Everth Cabrera could become a "consideration" for the Blue Jays.

Cabrera was non-tendered by the Padres in December after a 2014 season filled with on-field and off-field troubles. His off-field issues actually date back several years. He should come pretty cheap, and the Jays have a need at second base. Cabrera would have legitimate fantasy value as a base-stealer if he gets regular playing time in 2015.
Jan 22 - 1:14 PM's Corey Brock reports that Cory Luebke (elbow) "will be ready to go at the start of spring training or if he's behind it won't be by much."

It's a surprise given that Luebke had his second Tommy John surgery last February, but evidently his rehab has gone well. Whether the left-hander is able to regain his pre-operation stuff is another matter. Fantasy owners should keep close tabs on Luebke this spring but would be wise not to get their hopes up.
Jan 16 - 4:27 PM

Padres and 1B Yonder Alonso avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.65 million contract.

The disappointing former top prospect batted just .240/.285/.397 during an injury-shortened 2014 season. He's slated to open 2015 as the starting first baseman.
Jan 16 - 3:15 PM

Padres and RHP Tyson Ross avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $5.25 million contract.

Ross had a breakout season for the Padres in 2014, posting a 2.81 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 195/72 K/BB ratio over 195 2/3 innings. However, he enters 2015 as a bit of an injury red flag after ending last year with a forearm issue.
Jan 16 - 3:13 PM

Padres and RHP Ian Kennedy avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $9.85 million contract.

Kennedy was in his final year of arbitration eligibility. The right-hander posted a 3.63 ERA with 207 strikeouts in 201 innings last season and will be relied on heavily again in 2015.
Jan 16 - 2:25 PM

Padres and RHP Shawn Kelley avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.835 million contract.

Kelley was arbitration-eligible for a final time this winter. He'll serve in a middle relief role for the Padres in 2015 after arriving via trade from the Yankees last month.
Jan 16 - 1:57 PM

Padres and RHP Andrew Cashner avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $4.05 million contract.

It's a big raise in Cashner's second year of arbitration eligibility, as he earned $2.4 million last season. The right-hander was terrific last season for the Padres when healthy, putting up a 2.55 ERA and 93/29 K/BB ratio over 123 1/3 innings. He's likely to start on Opening Day for San Diego in 2015.
Jan 16 - 12:53 PM

Padres and RHP Dale Thayer avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.375 million contract.

It was Thayer's first year of arbitration eligibility. The reliever has been a nice bullpen piece for the Padres over the last three seasons, posting a 3.02 ERA with 173 strikeouts over 188 innings. He'll again help set up from the right side in 2015.
Jan 16 - 12:14 PM

Padres and INF/OF Alexi Amarista avoided arbitration by agreeing to a two-year, $2.5 million contract.

The deal buys out the first two years of Amarista's arbitration eligibility. Amarista batted just .239/.286/.314 last season while starting games at five different positions, but the Padres are currently set to enter next season with him as their starting shortstop.
Jan 16 - 9:39 AM

Padres signed RHP Daniel McCutchen to a minor league contract.

McCutchen began the year with the Rangers, making one relief appearance before being released. The 32-year-old had some success as a starter before last year, and he'll be pitching depth for the Pads.
Jan 14 - 8:32 PM

Padres sent 1B/OF Jake Goebbert outright to Triple-A El Paso.

Goebbert was designated for assignment last week and cleared waivers. The 27-year-old hit just .218/.313/.317 in 115 plate appearances this past season and will serve as organizational depth.
Jan 14 - 7:57 PM

Joe Frisaro of reports that Will Venable has "drawn interest" from the Marlins.

They're also considering Nate Schierholtz, Ichiro Suzuki and Andy Dirks as they look for a fourth outfielder. Venable might have the most upside of the four, but he's also the only one the Marlins would have to trade for rather than just sign. Slated to make $4.25 million in 2015 in his final year prior to free agency, Venable is expendable following the Padres' acquisitions of Matt Kemp, Justin Upton and Wil Myers. Miami certainly wouldn't be an ideal landing spot, as he'd be in another pitcher-friendly park and would need someone else to get injured before he'd receive regular playing time.
Jan 11 - 2:06 PM

Padres signed LHP Scott Elbert to a minor league contract.

The 29-year-old southpaw appeared in seven games for the Dodgers in 2014, registering a 2.08 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 2/1 K/BB ratio in 4 1/3 innings. He'll compete for a role as a situational lefty in the Padres bullpen.
Jan 10 - 2:22 PM

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