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Padres manager Bud Black said Thursday that Brandon Morrow and Odrisamer Despaigne are "maybe out there a touch" in the competition for the No. 5 starter spot.

It's not a surprise, as Morrow signed a deal over the winter that could be worth up to $7.5 million and Despaigne put up a 3.36 ERA last season in 16 starts. Robbie Erlin and top prospect Matt Wisler are the other main candidates, though Wisler almost surely will head back to the minors unless he really wows in camp. Josh Johnson (elbow) hopes to be ready for the rotation at some point in May.
Feb 26 - 6:45 PM

Josh Johnson (elbow) could throw his first bullpen session as early as next week.

Johnson underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last April -- the second such procedure of his career -- and probably won't be an option for the Padres' rotation until mid-to-late May. He signed a one-year, $1 million contract with San Diego in late December. The deal also carries $6.25 million in performance-based bonuses.
Feb 26 - 10:54 AM

Padres general manager A.J. Preller confirmed Tuesday that Carlos Quentin could see playing time at first base.

It makes sense given the Padres' logjam in the outfield and Quentin's injury history. Yonder Alonso is still at the top of the depth chart at first base, but the situation is worth watching.
Feb 24 - 1:39 PM

Casey Kelly (groin) said he was feeling better Monday.

Kelly was held out of workouts for the second straight day Monday due to a minor groin strain. There's no clear timetable for his return, but Padres manager Bud Black said that it will be a "slow process." The good news is that Kelly's arm feels OK after missing most of the past two seasons with elbow issues. The Padres are hopeful that Kelly will be a part of their rotation in Triple-A.
Feb 23 - 4:10 PM

Casey Kelly will be out of action for a few days due to a minor groin strain.

The groin ailment isn't a big deal, but Kelly needs to get in all the throwing he can after missing most of the last two seasons with elbow issues. He's expected to be healthy come Opening Day.
Feb 22 - 12:04 PM

Cory Luebke (elbow) estimated Thursday that he's a month away from throwing off a mound.

Making his way back from a second Tommy John surgery, Luebke has gone through a long-toss program and is currently playing catch at 60 feet. He's set to begin the season in extended spring training. "But I'm hoping early part of the season to be facing hitters," he said. "I'm not naive enough to think -- I mean, it's been three years almost (since Luebke's first Tommy John surgery). There is a difference between getting healthy and competing."
Feb 19 - 7:51 PM

Padres sent RHP Aaron Northcraft outright to Triple-A El Paso.

Northcraft was designated for assignment by the Padres last week to open up a 40-man roster spot for new starting pitcher James Shields. Northcraft, who was acquired from the Braves in December as part of the Justin Upton trade, posted a 4.70 ERA and 113 strikeouts in 130 1/3 innings last season between Double-A and Triple-A.
Feb 17 - 4:33 PM

Casey Kelly will be stretched out as a starter this spring in Padres camp.

Kelly hasn't appeared in a game at the major league level since 2012 due to elbow injuries, but he made two promising starts at Double-A San Antonio toward the end of the 2014 season and the Padres are hoping he'll be able to make a significant contribution at the MLB level at some point in 2015. Kelly was considered a top pitching prospect not long ago and he's only 25 years old.
Feb 16 - 10:38 AM

Padres signed RHP Parker Frazier to a minor league contract.

The 26-year-old spent the 2014 campaign in the White Sox organization, compiling a 4.26 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and 44/23 K/BB ratio across 69 2/3 innings between Double-A Birmingham and Triple-A Charlotte. He'll serve as organizational bullpen depth for the Padres.
Feb 13 - 11:54 PM

Padres signed 3B Josh Bell to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

A former top prospect, Bell spent last season in Korea, batting .267/.345/.433 with 10 homers over 63 games. He's now 28 and is merely a depth guy.
Feb 13 - 2:14 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that James Shields can opt out of his contract with the Padres after two years.

It's a nice perk but one Shields is ultimately unlikely to use. He'll make just $31 million in the first two years of the deal, so he'd be forfeiting a total of $44 million over the next two years if you include the buyout of his 2019 option. It's hard to see Shields getting a new deal worth that much given that he'll be 35 at that point.
Feb 13 - 9:40 AM

Alexi Amarista is dealing with a mild hamstring strain suffered during the Caribbean Series.

Amarista left his last game, but Padres general manager A.J. Preller said he should be fine. Amarista hit .239/.286/.314 this past season and appears to be the team's starting shortstop heading into spring.
Feb 11 - 9:12 PM

Padres designated RHP Aaron Northcraft for assignment.

The move clears a spot for the newly-signed James Shields on the Padres' 40-man roster. Northcraft was just acquired from the Braves in December as part of the Justin Upton deal, but now he could be on the move again. The 24-year-old posted a 4.70 ERA and 113 strikeouts over 130 1/3 innings last season between Double-A and Triple-A.
Feb 11 - 3:55 PM

Padres signed RHP James Shields to a four-year, $75 million contract with a club option for 2019.

The deal was reported early Monday morning and it's now official. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman passed along the contract information, which includes the $16 million club option. Shields originally hoped to land a free agent deal worth in excess of $100 million, but the end result isn't all that bad. He'll get to pitch close to home while making half of his starts in one of the most pitcher-friendly ballparks in the game. Shields has a very good chance of being a top-25 starter in mixed fantasy leagues in 2015. There's reason for excitement in San Diego.
Feb 11 - 3:26 PM

James Shields' new four-year contract with the Padres carries $75 million guaranteed.

That includes the buyout on the $16 million club option for 2019. Shields opened the offseason with an asking price in the five-year, $125 million range, but it became clear over time that no team was going to make that kind of commitment to the 33-year-old right-hander. He still did pretty well for himself and is poised to put up excellent numbers in his first taste of the National League. San Diego's Petco Park has remained very kind to pitchers through recent renovations of the outfield walls.
Feb 9 - 10:57 AM

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