Player News - Padres

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Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Padres are getting calls on reliever Brad Hand.

Cafardo was told by one American League general manager that the Padres are asking for "an enormous return." And rightfully so. Hand owns a sterling 2.56 ERA in 154 appearances over the past two seasons. The southpaw is arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter.
Dec 12 - 3:22 PM

Padres acquired INF Deion Tansel from the Rays for INF Ryan Schimpf.

Tansel, 23, spent the 2017 season with Low-A Hudson Valley while batting .277/.336/.403 with three homers, 33 RBI, and seven steals over 53 games. He made starts between shortstop, second base, and the hot corner.
Dec 12 - 1:47 PM

Padres acquired RHP Bryan Mitchell from the Yankees in the Chase Headley trade.

While Chase Headley is now back in San Diego, Mitchell is the focus of the deal for the club. The 26-year-old owns an underwhelming 4.94 ERA and 64/44 K/BB ratio over 98 1/3 innings in the majors, but the Padres believe in his potential. Getting out of Yankee Stadium and the AL East should help. It's believed that the Padres will give him a chance to start.
Dec 12 - 1:35 PM

Padres acquired 3B Chase Headley, RHP Bryan Mitchell and cash considerations from the Yankees for OF Jabari Blash.

This is strictly a salary dump for the Yankees while the Padres are willing to take a shot on Mitchell turning the corner. Headley, who turns 34 next May, batted .273/.352/.406 with 12 homers and 61 RBI over 147 games this past season. He's owed $13 million in 2018. The reunion with Headley gives the Padres some flexibility to consider other trades.
Dec 12 - 1:33 PM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post hears that the Yankees have traded third baseman Chase Headley and right-hander Bryan Mitchell to the Padres.

Finally, some action at the Winter Meetings. It's a reunion of sorts, as Headley was originally drafted by the Padres and played the first eight seasons of his career with the club. He's due $13 million in 2018, so the move helps the Yankees cut some payroll in order to make other additions and stay under the luxury tax. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Padres will indeed cover his remaining salary. Headley turns 34 next May and batted .273/.352/.406 with 12 homers and 61 RBI over 147 games this past season. Mitchell, 26, owns a 4.94 ERA and 64/44 K/BB ratio over 98 1/3 innings in the majors. The Padres think the change of scenery could pay off. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that outfielder Jabari Blash is coming back to the Yankees in the deal.
Dec 12 - 11:15 AM

Padres general manager A.J. Preller said Monday that he is in constant communication with Jhoulys Chacin's representatives.

The Padres would like to re-sign Chacin after he posted a solid 3.89 ERA across 32 starts in 2017 and are reportedly willing to give him a multi-year contract. Nothing is imminent, though, and Chacin will surely have multiple suitors. The right-hander will turn 30 next month.
Dec 11 - 4:59 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Yankees are "still weighing" trading Chase Headley and Jacoby Ellsbury.

Headley hit a solid .273/.352/.406 with 12 homers for the Yanks last season and is currently projected as their starting third baseman. However, they might not mind shedding his contract after taking on Giancarlo Stanton's deal and they have potential in-house alternatives for the hot corner in Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar.
Dec 10 - 8:44 AM

Padres signed RHP Robert Stock to a minor league contract.

Stock posted a decent 2.82 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and 61/29 K/BB ratio in 70 1/3 innings of relief this past season between the High-A and Double-A affiliates of the Reds, but he is 28 years old and has yet to even advance to the Triple-A level. The right-hander was a second-round pick of the Cardinals back in 2009 out of the University of Southern California.
Dec 7 - 9:34 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Wil Myers would be willing to move from first base to the outfield if the Padres were able to land Eric Hosmer in free agency.

Heyman says Myers was recently approached about the idea by Padres management and didn't hesitate in stating his willingness to change positions. San Diego has been one of the few teams that have been mentioned as suitors for Hosmer early on, and this seems to confirm their seriousness in that pursuit. Myers spent the first three years of his career playing primarily in the outfield, so this wouldn't be a huge undertaking for him.
Dec 6 - 4:05 PM

Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the Padres have signed general manager A.J. Preller to a contract extension through 2022.

Preller was already under contract through 2019 but the Padres have tacked on a few more years. San Diego has gone just 290-358 in four years since Preller took over as GM and in 2016 he was suspended 30 days for failing to disclose medical information to the Red Sox during the Drew Pomeranz trade. However, Preller has helped to build a terrific farm system and ownership is obviously convinced he's the right man for the job.
Dec 3 - 9:29 AM

Padres and LHP Robbie Erlin avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract.

Terms aren't yet available. Erlin hasn't pitched in a game since undergoing Tommy John surgery in May of 2016. He is expected to be ready for spring training. He carries a career 4.54 ERA in 30 career games, including 25 starts. The former top prospect's career has been derailed by injuries but the low-budget Padres must believe he is ready to contribute.
Dec 1 - 10:56 PM

Padres signed RHP Michael Mariot to a minor league contract.

Mariot spent the entire 2017 season with Triple-A Lehigh Valley, posting a 4.42 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, and 63/21 K/BB ratio across 57 innings of relief. The 29-year-old right-hander holds a 5.98 career ERA at the MLB level.
Nov 29 - 1:03 PM

Padres sent RHP Kyle Lloyd outright to Triple-A El Paso.

Lloyd cleared waivers after being designated for assignment and will remain in the organization. He posted a 5.01 ERA over 27 starts between Double- and Triple-A in 2017 and was roughed up in a spot start with the Padres.
Nov 27 - 5:11 PM

Padres signed RHP Jonathan Aro to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Aro, 27, held a 3.16 ERA and 48/11 K/BB ratio over 42 2/3 innings at Triple-A Tacoma in the Mariners organization in 2017, also serving a 50-game suspension there for testing positive for a drug of abuse. He hasn't gotten much of a chance in the majors to this point but could get that opportunity with the Padres.
Nov 27 - 4:49 PM

Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN in Minneapolis reports that the Twins have shown interest in relievers Brad Hand and Alex Colome.

Minnesota was previously reported to have contacted the Reds in regards to the availability of Raisel Iglesias. The Twins clearly want to upgrade their bullpen and all three of these possibilities would be major improvements over their current closer situation. A trade for Hand might be the most logical, as the Padres are still clearly in rebuilding mode and the right-hander is coming off a career year where he registered a 2.16 ERA and struck out 104 batters in just under 80 innings. Hand is arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter.
Source: 1500 ESPN
Nov 22 - 4:09 PM

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