Player News - Padres

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Padres pitching prospect Ryan Butler has been suspended 50 games following a second positive test for a drug of abuse.

Butler, 23, held a 3.90 ERA over 64 2/3 innings in the Padres' minor leagues this past season. The right-hander, who made three starts at Double-A San Antonio last year, was the team's seventh-round pick in the 2014 MLB Draft.
Feb 4 - 4:53 PM

Padres GM A.J. Preller said the club will look at Carlos Villanueva as a starter this spring.

Chances are he'll end up back in a long-relief role, but it's worth a try. Villanueva posted an impressive 2.95 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, and 55/21 K/BB ratio in 61 innings of relief last season for the Cardinals. He did start five games for the Cubs in 2014, and he started 44 games for the Cubs and Blue Jays between 2011-2013. San Diego offers the kind of home pitching environment that could allow the 32-year-old right-hander to flourish in a more extended role.
Feb 4 - 2:17 PM

Padres signed RHP Fernando Rodney to a one-year, $1.6 million contract with a $2 million club option for 2017.

That option comes with a $400,000 buyout, so the total guaranteed money in the deal is $2 million. Rodney can also earn up to $5 million via performance-based incentives, and there are incentives built into the second-year option as well. The veteran right-hander posted an underwhelming 4.74 ERA and 58/29 K/BB ratio in 62 2/3 innings last season between the Mariners and Cubs, but he could get the first shot at saving games this year in San Diego. This will be his age-39 season.
Feb 4 - 1:55 PM

Padres acquired RHP Jean Cosme from the Orioles for RHP Odrisamer Despaigne.

It's a fairly minor trade in the grand scheme of things. Cosme was a 17th-round pick of the Orioles in the 2014 draft. He owns a 4.73 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and 70/26 K/BB ratio in 72 1/3 career professional innings between rookie ball and Low-A. The 19-year-old will probably open the 2016 campaign back at the Low-A level.
Feb 4 - 1:22 PM

MASN's Roch Kubatko reports that the Orioles have traded right-hander Jean Cosme to the Padres.

Kubatko says the O's will get a major league pitcher in return, but it probably won't be an exciting name. Cosme, a 17th-round pick in 2014 out of a high school in Puerto Rico, registered a 4.74 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and 53/18 K/BB ratio in 57 innings (12 starts) last season at Low-A Aberdeen. The 19-year-old isn't really much of a prospect.
Feb 4 - 1:07 PM

Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports that the Orioles have trade interest in Andrew Cashner.

The O's are one of the clubs that have been connected to Yovani Gallardo, who is arguably the best free agent pitcher still on the market. However, Kubatko hears that Baltimore is now "much more reluctant" to surrender the No. 14 overall pick to sign Gallardo and instead is more likely to acquire rotation help via the trade route. Cashner posted a disappointing 4.34 ERA in 2015 but did manage to make 30 starts for the first time in his big league career. He'll earn $7.15 million in 2016 before hitting free agency next winter.
Source: MASN Sports
Feb 1 - 4:06 PM

Padres acquired LHP Trevor Seidenberger from the Brewers for OF Rymer Liriano.

Seidenberger, 23, posted a 4.07 ERA and 48/26 K/BB ratio over 48 2/3 relief innings last season between High-A Brevard County and Double-A Biloxi. While it's still surprising they gave up Liriano to begin with, the southpaw gives the Padres some relief depth in their system and won't require a 40-man roster spot.
Jan 28 - 5:50 PM

MLB.com's Corey Brock said "barring a deal in the next three weeks," Derek Norris, Austin Hedges and Christian Bethancourt will be competing for two roster spots.

The Padres are only expected to keep two catchers, which means either Bethancourt or Hedges will be left off the Opening Day roster. Norris is the best hitter of the group but won't see as much playing time this year now that Wil Myers has been installed as the full-time first baseman. Hedges has excelled defensively but hasn't shown he can hit at the big-league level yet. Bethancourt was acquired from Atlanta at last month's Winter Meetings. He hit .200 in 155 at-bats for the Braves in 2015.
Source: padres.com
Jan 28 - 2:41 PM

Padres signed SS Alexei Ramirez to a one-year, $3 million contract with a $4 million club option for 2017.

The buyout is for $1 million, so Ramirez is guaranteed at least $4 million. The veteran shortstop is coming off a down season that saw him bat just .249/.285/.357, but $4 million isn't a bad price at all for the Padres to pay. He'll take over as their starting shortstop, pushing Alexi Amarista to a utility role where he belongs.
Jan 22 - 5:31 PM

Fernando Rodney will be guaranteed $2 million in his new contract with the Padres.

Rodney will make a $1.6 million base salary in 2016 while the contract includes $2 million club option for 2017 or a $400,000 buyout. He'll have the chance to make an additional $5 million in 2016 with performance-incentives. This will presumably be tied to games finished if he gets an opportunity to close in San Diego. If the option is picked up, he could earn a maximum of $18.6 million.
Jan 20 - 11:17 AM

MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports that the Padres have an agreement with free agent reliever Fernando Rodney.

Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports that it's a one-year deal with an option, which can max out to around $7 million with performance bonuses. Rodney turns 39 in March and posted a 4.74 ERA and 58/29 K/BB ratio over 62 2/3 innings with the Mariners and Cubs last season. The Padres don't have a set closer, so Rodney could certainly get an opportunity there.
Jan 20 - 10:06 AM

Fangraphs' Eno Sarris reports that Alexei Ramirez's one-year contract with the Padres is worth $4 million and contains a mutual option for 2017.

Ramirez is coming off a down season that saw him bat just .249/.285/.357, but $4 million isn't a bad price tag at all for him. He'll give the Padres a big upgrade over Alexi Amarista at shortstop and came a heck of a lot cheaper than Ian Desmond, who San Diego was also pursuing.
Jan 15 - 4:45 PM

Padres signed 2B/OF Jemile Weeks to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Weeks spent almost all of 2015 at Triple-A with the Red Sox, batting just .204/.297/.281 across 266 plate appearances. The former top prospect will turn 29 later this month and is merely a depth guy at this point.
Jan 15 - 4:36 PM

Padres and RHP Tyson Ross avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $9.625 million contract.

The right-hander nearly doubles his salary from last season in his second year of arbitration eligibility. The raise was certainly well-earned, as Ross put up a 3.26 ERA with 212 strikeouts across 196 innings for the Padres. He'll be counted on as a big piece of their rotation again in 2016.
Jan 15 - 1:34 PM

Padres and RHP Andrew Cashner avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $7.15 million contract.

It's $115,000 more than he was projected to make by MLBTradeRumors.com in his final year of arbitration eligibility. Cashner put up a disappointing 4.34 ERA in 2015, although the injury-prone right-hander did make 30 starts for the first time in his big league career. He'll shoot for a big season in his walk year.
Jan 15 - 12:23 PM


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