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  • Padres Outright Sean Poppen

    The Padres announced Friday evening that reliever Sean Poppen has gone unclaimed on waivers and been assigned outright to Triple-A El Paso. There’d been no previous indication Poppen was designated for assignment, so the move clears a spot on the San Diego 40-man roster. That count drops to 39. Poppen landed in San Diego last month…

    Jan 20 · MLB Trade Rumors Padres Sean Poppen
  • Sean Poppen Outrighted To Triple-A

    San Diego Padres right-hander Sean Poppen has cleared waivers and has been outrighted to Triple-A El Paso. The Padres initially claimed Poppen off waivers from the Arizona Diamondbacks. The 28-year-old saw action 29 times out of the bullpen for the Snakes in 2022, posting a 4.40 ERA (5.21 FIP), 1.36 WHIP, 12 walks and only 22 strikeouts in 28 2/3 innings pitched. He has an ERA over 5.00 in four major-league seasons with the D-backs, Minnesota Twins, Pittsburgh Pirates and Tampa Bay Rays, and he hasn't been much better in the minor leagues. Poppen will strictly serve as minor-league relief depth in 2023 if he remains with the organization.

    Jan 20 · Source via Padres Sean Poppen
  • Marlins, Royals, Padres Interested In Aroldis Chapman

    Per a tweet from MLB.com's Mark Feinsand on Wednesday morning, the Miami Marlins, Kansas City Royals, and San Diego Padres are reportedly interested in free-agent relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman. Feinsand tweeted the following on Wednesday: "The Marlins, Royals and Padres are among the teams interested in Aroldis Chapman, per sources." The 34-year-old made 43 appearances for the New York Yankees during the 2022 season, pitching to a 4.46 ERA and a 4.57 FIP in 36.1 innings of work for the American League East franchise. He also registered nine saves and a hold while collecting 43 strikeouts compared to 28 walks allowed.

    Jan 18 · Source via Marlins Royals Padres Aroldis Chapman closers
  • Padres Agree With Ethan Salas

    The San Diego Padres agreed to a $5.6 million deal with catcher Ethan Salas on Sunday, according to a source. Salas is the top-ranked prospect on MLB.com's top-50 international prospect list. The Venezuelan backstop is one of the best catching prospects in recent history with strong bloodlines. The 16-year-old is the younger brother of Miami Marlins prospect Jose Salas. He has good plate discipline, the ability to use all fields and raw power that should develop as he matures. On defense, he excels thanks to soft hands and great blocking and receiving skills.

    Jan 17 · Source via Padres prospects
  • Padres Could Be "All In" On Shohei Ohtani In 2023 Offseason

    USA Today's Bob Nightengale reported Monday that the San Diego Padres are planning to be "all in" on starting pitcher/designated hitter Shohei Ohtani if he becomes a free agent in the 2023 offseason. The 28-year-old phenom has one year left on his contract with the Los Angeles Angels, so he could potentially be traded this season or sign a contract extension with the Angels. If he does become a free agent, there will likely be high competition to sign him given his elite hitting and pitching talent. Ohtani slashed .273/.356/.519 with 34 home runs, 95 RBI, and 11 stolen bases in 666 plate appearances in 2022 while also going 15-9 with a 2.33 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, and 33.2% strikeout rate in 28 starts. The Padres would be even more formidable if they were to sign him.

    Jan 17 · Source via Angels Padres Shohei Ohtani
  • Padres Sign Ángel Sánchez To Minor League Deal

    The Padres and right-hander Ángel Sánchez are in agreement on a minor league deal, reports Robert Murray of FanSided. The righty will get an invitation to major league Spring Training. Sánchez, 33, has a very small amount of major league experience, which came back in 2017 with the Pirates. He got into eight games but…

    Jan 16 · MLB Trade Rumors Padres
  • Padres Sign Domingo Tapia To Minor League Deal

    The Padres have signed right-hander Domingo Tapia to a minor league deal, according to his transactions tracker at MLB.com. He will presumably be invited to major league Spring Training. Tapia, 31, had some major league success in 2021, split between the Mariners and Royals. Between those two clubs, he tossed 33 2/3 innings over 34…

    Jan 16 · MLB Trade Rumors Padres Domingo Tapia closers
  • Jake Cronenworth Settles For $4.25 Million

    The San Diego Padres and infielder Jake Cronenworth avoided salary arbitration on Friday by agreeing to a one-year, $4.25 million deal. Cronenworth is coming off back-to-back All-Star nods for the Friars. He finished up his third MLB season with a .239/.332/.390 slash line with a career-low .722 OPS, 17 home runs, a career-high 88 RBI, 88 runs scored and three stolen bases in 684 plate appearances and 158 games. The 28-year-old has some decent power at the second base position and resides in one of the best lineups in baseball. He'll also be the team's primary first baseman in 2023, so he'll add some positional flexibility to his fantasy profile. Cronenworth is ranked just inside the top 20 second basemen at RotoBaller.

    Jan 14 · Source via Padres Jake Cronenworth
  • Austin Nola Will Receive $2.35 Million In 2023

    The San Diego Padres avoided salary arbitration on Friday by agreeing to a one-year, $2.35 million deal with catcher Austin Nola. The 33-year-old backstop came on strong for the Padres in the postseason, but he wasn't all that great in the regular season with a .251/.321/.329 slash line, .649 OPS, four home runs, 40 RBI, 40 runs scored and two stolen bases in 397 plate appearances and a career-high 110 games played in 2022. Nola should once again see his fair share of playing time in 2023 in one of the best lineups in the league, but hasn't reached double-digit home runs since his rookie year with the Seattle Mariners in 2019 (10), and he could lose substantial playing time to Luis Campusano when it's all said and done.

    Jan 13 · Source via Padres Austin Nola
  • Trent Grisham Avoids Salary Arbitration

    The San Diego Padres and outfielder Trent Grisham avoided salary arbitration on Friday by agreeing to a one-year, $3.175 million deal. Grisham struggled to make contact regularly in his third year with the Friars in 2022, finishing with a .184/.284/.341 slash line, career-low .626 OPS, career-high 17 home runs, 53 RBI, 58 runs scored and seven stolen bases in 524 plate appearances over a career-high 152 games played. The 26-year-old was a liability at the plate, but he did show some signs of life in the postseason and also won his second Gold Glove award on defense. Needless to say, Grisham's fantasy value has dropped significantly heading into 2023, and there's a good chance he'll be benched this year if he doesn't improve.

    Jan 13 · Source via Padres Trent Grisham
  • Josh Hader Avoids Arbitration With Record Deal

    The San Diego Padres and relief pitcher Josh Hader avoided salary arbitration on Friday by agreeing to a one-year, $14.1 million deal, according to a source. It becomes the biggest salary in arbitration in MLB history for a reliever. The Padres acquired the left-hander from the Milwaukee Brewers at last year's trade deadline, but was uncharacteristically wild and really struggled overall in 2022. Hader had a 7.31 ERA in 19 appearances in San Diego and finished with a career-high 5.22 ERA (3.45 FIP), 1.28 WHIP, 36 saves, 9.6% walk rate and 37% strikeout rate. Despite the down year, the 28-year-old southpaw had a really rough stretch to blame and he looked to be back to elite Hader form in the postseason, so a bounce-back campaign in 2023 is very possible.

    Jan 13 · Source via Padres Josh Hader closers
  • Juan Soto Avoids Arbitration At $23 Million

    The San Diego Padres and outfielder Juan Soto avoided salary arbitration on Friday by agreeing to a one-year, $23 million deal, according to sources. The Padres swung a blockbuster trade to acquire Soto and first baseman Josh Bell from the Washington Nationals at last year's trade deadline. The two-time All-Star disappointed in 52 games to close the regular season for the Friars, though, hitting .236/.388/.390 with six home runs, 16 RBI and 31 runs scored. Still, he's only 24 years old and remains one of the best all-around hitters in the game with elite on-base skills, so there's a very good chance he bounces back for the Padres and fantasy managers alike in 2023, especially with no more shift.

    Jan 13 · Source via Padres Juan Soto
  • Padres Sign Alfonso Rivas To Minor-League Deal

    The San Diego Padres signed free-agent first baseman Alfonso Rivas to a minor-league deal on Thursday that includes an invitation to major-league spring training after he was released by the Chicago Cubs last week. The 26-year-old played in 101 games for the Cubs last season in his second year in the majors and hit .235/.322/.307 with a .628 OPS, three home runs, 25 RBI, 27 runs scored and six stolen bases in 287 plate appearances. Rivas will have a chance to impress the Padres coaching staff this spring, and he could eventually find his way onto the major-league roster in 2023, as the Padres depth at first base is a bit lacking behind Jake Cronenworth and Matt Carpenter, who both also hit left-handed like Rivas.

    Jan 13 · Source via Padres Alfonso Rivas
  • Craig Stammen Returns To Padres On Minor-League Deal

    The San Diego Padres re-signed right-hander Craig Stammen to a minor-league deal on Wednesday, according to a source. Stammen will be invited to major-league spring training with the Friars for the seventh straight season. The 38-year-old reliever has been solid for the Padres in middle relief the last six seasons and posted a 4.43 ERA (5.15 FIP), 1.35 WHIP and 19.8% strikeout rate in 33 outings (one start) over 40 2/3 innings in 2022. He wasn't as good as he was in 2021, but Stammen has been workmanlike out of the SD bullpen with a 3.36 ERA (3.76 FIP), 1.14 WHIP, five saves and a 23.0% strikeout rate in 394 1/3 innings over the last six seasons. Stammen dealt with injuries last year and will strictly provide the Pads with more relief depth in 2023.

    Jan 11 · Source via Padres Craig Stammen closers
  • Nelson Cruz Agrees With Padres On One-Year Deal

    The San Diego Padres and free-agent designated hitter Nelson Cruz agreed to a one-year, $1 million deal on Wednesday, pending a physical, according to sources familiar with the deal. Cruz wants to win a World Series ring and was willing to take less money to play for a contender. He is also familiar with general manager AJ Preller from their days in the Texas Rangers organization. Boomstick looked his age (42) in 2022 with the Washington Nationals, hitting .234/.313/.337 with only 10 home runs, 64 RBI, 50 runs scored, four stolen bases and a 23.6% strikeout rate. Cruz ended the year on the injured list and eventually needed surgery on his left eye, but he should be good to go for the start of the 2023 season. Fantasy managers shouldn't expect a whole lot from the seven-time All-Star in what is likely to be his final season, but he could provide some modest power numbers as a part-time DH in his new digs.

    Jan 11 · Source via Padres Nelson Cruz
  • Padres Interested In Nelson Cruz

    New York Posts' Jon Heyman reported Tuesday that the San Diego Padres are among the teams interested in free agent designated hitter Nelson Cruz. The Padres general manager AJ Preller and Cruz were both with the Texas Rangers organization earlier in their careers. The 42-year-old finally took a step back in 2022, slashing .234/.313/.337 with 10 home runs and 64 RBI in 507 plate appearances. However, until 2022 Cruz had managed to hit for elite power late into his career and still hit the ball harder than most during his down season. His DH-only eligibility limits his fantasy value beyond the potential production decline, but there may still be something left in the tank for Cruz.

    Jan 11 · Source via Padres Nelson Cruz
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