Player News - Padres

Date: Team: Pos:

Alex Dickerson (back) was held out of workouts for the third straight day on Wednesday.

Padres manager Andy Green previously downplayed the issue, but it has turned out to be a nagging issue. He's going to be examined by team doctors just to make sure nothing serious is going on.
Feb 22 - 12:17 PM

Alex Dickerson (back) missed another workout Tuesday at Padres camp.

The corner outfielder also sat out of drills Monday after developing some stiffness in his back over the weekend. Padres manager Andy Green said it's no big deal. There is plenty of time for Dickerson to catch back up.
Feb 21 - 9:39 PM

Alex Dickerson was held out of workouts on Monday because of back stiffness.

The Padres aren't concerned that it might be a long-term thing. Dickerson is competing for a starting corner outfield job this spring after batting .257/.333/.455 with 10 homers in 285 plate appearances for San Diego last season.
Feb 20 - 4:11 PM

Padres placed RHP Colin Rea on the 60-day disabled list with a right elbow injury.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for the addition of Jered Weaver. Rea will miss all of 2017 while rehabbing from Tommy John surgery.
Feb 19 - 12:15 PM

Padres signed RHP Jered Weaver to a one-year, $3 million contract.

The deal was first reported on Saturday and is now official. Weaver's velocity and results have tumbled in the wrong direction the last few years, as he posted a 5.06 ERA in 2016 while his fastball routinely sat in the low- to mid-80s. However, the Padres' projected rotation right now is laughably bad to the point that the veteran right-hander might be the favorite to start for them on Opening Day. Weaver's days as a fantasy contributor are surely over.
Feb 19 - 12:08 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Padres have agreed to a one-year deal with Jered Weaver.

The veteran right-hander will earn a base salary of around $3 million dollars, which will seemingly guarantee him a spot in the Padres' starting rotation. If there's any place that the 34-year-old soft-tossing right-hander can resurrect his career, pitching in the friendly confines of Petco Park and in the National League West is likely his best chance.
Feb 18 - 1:03 PM

Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports that the Blue Jays have had "preliminary talks" regarding Edwin Jackson.

The Blue Jays are looking to pad out their starting rotation depth and are reportedly deep in negotiations with Mat Latos, but Jackson is another potential option on that front. Both pitchers are looking to rebound in 2017. Splitting time between the Marlins and Padres this past season, the veteran right-hander Jackson struggled to the tune of a 5.89 ERA, 1.58 WHIP and 61/41 K/BB ratio across 84 innings.
Feb 15 - 6:48 PM

Carter Capps (elbow) hopes to be ready for Opening Day.

Capps missed the entire 2016 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery last March, but he's already throwing off a mound and hopes to begin pitching in Cactus League games around the start of March. That would put him on pace to begin the season. If all goes well, he could be in the closer mix for San Diego.
Feb 15 - 11:56 AM

Carter Capps (elbow) threw 30 pitches off a mound Tuesday without issue.

Capps is 11 months removed from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery and aiming to begin appearing in Cactus League games around March 1. The hope is that he will be close to 100 percent by the opening of the 2017 regular season. If his health cooperates, Capps should return to dominant form as a setup man this year with San Diego and could even work his way into the ninth-inning gig at some point. The crow-hopping righty had a terrific 1.16 ERA and 58/7 K/BB ratio in 31 frames with the Marlins in 2015.
Feb 7 - 6:13 PM

Padres signed OF Collin Cowgill to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Cowgill made just 14 plate appearances at the major league level in 2016 -- all with the Indians -- and managed just one hit. The 30-year-old outfielder is a .234/.297/.329 career hitter at the major league level. He'll look to battle for an Opening Day roster spot in Padres camp this spring.
Feb 7 - 6:07 PM

Padres signed C Tony Cruz to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Cruz logged just four at-bats in the majors in 2016, tallying three strikeouts and zero hits in four games with Kansas City. The 30-year-old catcher holds a .218/.260/.308 career batting line at the major league level.
Feb 7 - 4:34 PM

Padres signed INF Erick Aybar to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Aybar will compete with Luis Sardinas for the starting shortstop job in San Diego. He batted just .243/.303/.320 with three home runs and three stolen bases in 126 games last season between the Tigers and Braves, but at 33 years old Aybar should have a little something left in the tank. If he doesn't win the shortstop job outright, the Friars could still carry Aybar as a utility infielder.
Feb 7 - 4:27 PM

According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, Ryan Buchter and Brad Hand have both "drawn consistent trade interest."

Both are lights out against lefties and still under team control for several more years. Per Rosenthal, the Padres are looking for top prospects in return. Given how weak the team's starting rotation is, the Padres shouldn't be in a rush to trade away two of their best relievers. Buchter and Hand combined for a 2.89 ERA over 152 1/3 innings last season.
Source: FOX Sports
Feb 1 - 10:48 PM

Erick Aybar is a "popular name" in the free agent market, reports Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.

The expectation is that things will soon pick up in the utility market, so we should probably see Aybar latch on somewhere in the coming days. The 33-year-old hit just .243/.303/.320 last season for the Braves and Tigers, though he was much better as the year moved along. Still, his days of being a starting option are likely behind him.
Jan 31 - 10:23 AM

According to Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union Tribune, the Padres remain interested in free agent right-hander Jered Weaver.

Jon Heyman reported earlier in the week that the Padres made Weaver an offer worth more than $1.75 million to Weaver. The 34-year-old earned $20 million in his final season with the Angels in 2016 where he registered a 5.06 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and 103/51 K/BB ratio across 178 innings.
Jan 29 - 8:38 PM


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