Player News - Padres

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Franchy Cordero went 1-for-2 with a two-run home run in Saturday's Cactus League loss to the A's.

Cordero got the scoring party started via a two-run home run off Andrew Triggs in the first inning. He would go on to strike out once and walk once before calling it a day. The 23-year-old outfielder impressed early with the Padres last season -- hitting .313/.371/.563 over the course of his first 70 at-bats -- before falling off to serious degree. All told, he slashed .228/.276/.424 in 30 games with the big league team. He'll likely start the 2018 campaign at Triple-A El Paso.
Feb 24 - 6:46 PM

Tyson Ross struck out four while surrendering two runs on three hits over two innings in Saturday's Cactus League loss to the A's.

Ross recorded four of his six outs via the strikeout. He would cough up a solo home run to Franklin Barreto in the first inning and an RBI single to Sheldon Neuse in the second before calling it a day. The veteran right-hander reunitied with the Padres on a minor league contract at December's end and will receive a base salary of $1.75 million if he manages to make the major league roster, with up to $4.25 million in incentives additionally possible. After a shoulder injury cost him nearly the entirety of the 2016 season -- this unofficially marked the end of his first run with the Padres -- Ross signed a one-year contract with the Rangers. That did not work out, as he proceeded to post a 7.71 ERA while issuing a horrifying 36/37 K/BB ratio across 49 frames last season. He'll need to show signs of a turnaround this spring if he's to realistically be in play to make the Padres' Opening Day roster.
Feb 24 - 6:29 PM

Fernando Tatis Jr. belted a solo home run in a loss to the Mariners on Friday.

The 19-year-old hit a towering drive to the opposite field off reliever Shawn Armstrong in the eighth inning. Tatis leaped to the top of prospect lists by slugging .281/.390/.520 with 21 homers and 29 stolen bases in 117 games last year at the Single-A level.
Feb 23 - 7:36 PM

Brett Kennedy allowed two runs on three hits in his one-inning start versus the Mariners on Friday.

He allowed Dee Gordon to score from third base by making an errant pickoff throw to first base. Kyle Seager followed with an RBI double. Kennedy allowed three hits and struck out one batter. He reached Double-A ball last year, registering a 3.70 ERA in 26 starts. He will likely begin the season in the minors but has a chance to make his major league debut later this summer.
Feb 23 - 7:27 PM

Jose Pirela got reps at second base during drills Friday.

Pirela has mostly been an outfielder with the Padres, but he has plenty of experience at second base and other infield positions and is expected to play often at the keystone this spring. It's possible he could push for the starting job there if he proves to be proficient enough defensively. Pirela is also in the running for the left field job.
Feb 23 - 12:23 PM

Padres designated C Rocky Gale for assignment.

The move clears a spot for the newly-signed Eric Hosmer on the 40-man roster. A.J. Ellis and Raffy Lopez will compete this spring to serve as the backup to Austin Hedges.
Feb 20 - 12:12 PM

Padres signed 1B Eric Hosmer to an eight-year, $144 million contract.

Hosmer passed his physical Monday and the Padres have officially announced the deal. He will be introduced at a press conference on Tuesday. The contract contains an opt-out clause after five years, so the Padres are technically only on the hook for $105 million. Hosmer has failed to produce at a high level consistently at the plate, but he is coming off the best season of his career, having put up a .318/.385/.498 batting line with 25 home runs. He will push Wil Myers to a corner outfield spot.
Feb 19 - 10:39 PM

MLB.com's AJ Cassavell reports that there's been "buzz" in Padres camp around Matt Strahm (knee), who has "looked very sharp" in bullpen sessions.

Strahm came over from the Royals last July in the deal that sent Trevor Cahill, Brandon Maurer and Ryan Buchter to Kansas City. He had surgery just before the trade to repair a torn patellar tendon in his left knee, but it sounds like he's made a full recovery and isn't under any restrictions this spring. The 26-year-old left-hander should compete for a spot in the Padres' rotation and could have some fantasy upside if he wins a spot.
Feb 19 - 5:55 PM

Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that Eric Hosmer is at the Padres' spring training complex Monday in order to take his physical.

Assuming there aren't any red flags in the results, the Padres will make the contract with their new first baseman official and introduce Hosmer at a press conference Tuesday. Hosmer will make $105 million in the first five years of the deal ($5 million of that is a signing bonus) and $39 million in the three years after that if he doesn't exercise his opt-out.
Feb 19 - 4:31 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that trade interest has picked up in Padres' outfielder Hunter Renfroe since Saturday's acquisition of Eric Hosmer.

With Hosmer in tow, the Padres are shifting Wil Myers back to the outfield, which means there's only one spot for Renfroe and Jose Pirela to fight over. It's possible the Padres could utilize the increased interest to deal for starting pitching help. Morosi notes that the Braves are one club that's known to be in the market looking for an outfielder.
Feb 19 - 12:03 AM

Kirby Yates was held out of workouts Sunday due to a twisted ankle.

He should be fine. Yates enters 2018 possibly second in line for saves with the Padres behind closer Brad Hand.
Feb 18 - 12:54 PM

With Wil Myers moving to the outfield following the signing of Eric Hosmer, Hunter Renfroe and Jose Pirela will compete for one corner outfield job.

Myers will work out both in right and left, but most of his reps will come in right, where he played during his time with the Rays and where he'll probably wind up in 2018. That leaves Renfroe and Pirela battling for one job, assuming the Padres aren't keen on giving Pirela a shot at second base. Pirela was one of the team's best hitters last season during his time up with the big club and Renfroe was optioned to Triple-A at one point, so the former might have the initial leg up. Either could produce some fantasy value with a starting role, so it's a situation to watch in spring training.
Feb 18 - 12:12 PM

According to Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Padres have agreed to a deal with free agent first baseman Eric Hosmer.

Finally, Hosmer is off the board. Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that it's an eight-year deal with an opt-out after five years. Meanwhile, Scott Miller of Bleacher Report hears the deal is worth $144 million. Of course, it has been reported for weeks that Hosmer had seven-year offers from both the Padres and the Royals, but San Diego apparently upped the ante to get a deal done. The deal blows away the previous franchise record (Wil Myers - $83 million) for a signing. By the way, with the addition of Hosmer, the Padres will shift Myers back to the outfield.
Feb 17 - 11:26 PM

Robbie Erlin (elbow) is throwing bullpen sessions in anticipation of vying for a rotation spot this spring.

"Both of those guys, we like where they are right now," Padres manager Andy Green said of Erlin and Colin Rea. "And we like that they're heading back to pitching for us on, hopefully, a consistent basis. They're in the hunt for rotation spots right now." Erlin has made just six major league appearances since the start of the 2015 season and is currently recovering from Tommy John surgery. He's one of 10 pitchers in the hunt for five rotation spots this spring.
Feb 17 - 6:45 PM

Colin Rea (elbow) is throwing bullpen sessions without issue and is in the mix for a spot in the Padres' starting rotation.

"Both of those guys, we like where they are right now," Padres manager Andy Green said of Rea and Robbie Erlin, both of whom are recovering from Tommy John surgery. "And we like that they're heading back to pitching for us on, hopefully, a consistent basis. They're in the hunt for rotation spots right now." The Padres have 10 guys vying for five spots in the rotation, so it'll be an uphill climb for the 27-year-old, who hasn't pitched in the majors since the middle of the 2016 season.
Feb 17 - 6:36 PM


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