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  • Michael King Strikes Out Seven In No-Decision

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    San Diego starting pitcher Michael King struck out seven across five innings of one-run ball on Monday. He allowed three hits and one free pass. King has looked dominant at times this season but has also had several blow-up starts, making him a difficult asset to trust in fantasy. He has logged five starts with only allowing at most one earned run but two starts of allowing at least six earned runs with an overall 4.03 ERA and 1.27 WHIP. However, he has shown excellent strikeout upside with a 26.3% K rate, which places him in the top 73 percentile among all qualified pitchers. The 29-year-old will look to post another strong outing on Sunday as he takes on the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium.

    May 28 · Source via San Diego Padres Michael King
  • Luis Campusano Out Of Sunday's Lineup

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    San Diego Padres catcher Luis Campusano is not in Sunday's lineup as the Padres hope to avoid a three-game sweep at the hands of the New York Yankees. Campusano has started the first two games of the series and has gone 0-7 at the plate with two walks. As a result, Kyle Higashioka will have an opportunity to get some revenge against his former team on Sunday. He enters this game holding a poor .140/.140/.256 line with just one home run and six total hits through 15 games. He is best to avoid in DFS as he will face Clarke Schmidt, who has posted a stellar 0.92 ERA, 0.81 WHIP, and 4:20 BB:K ratio in his previous three starts.

    May 26 · Source via San Diego Padres Luis Campusano
  • Robby Snelling Reaches Six Innings In Past Two Starts

    San Diego Padres starting pitching prospect Robby Snelling has tossed six innings in consecutive outings for the first time in his professional career. Snelling has done well in Double-A this season with a 3.44 ERA and 1.29 WHIP but has flashed at times by allowing just one run in four out of his seven starts. The 20-year-old southpaw showcased his elite strikeout potential with a 118:34 K:BB ratio last season across Single, High, and Double-A but has fallen a bit short through the young part of this season with a 30:14 K:BB ratio. Snelling is considered the top left-handed pitching prospect on MLB Pipeline and is projected to reach the majors next season. Despite his drop in strikeouts, he remains one of the best prospects in baseball and a valuable asset in all dynasty formats.

    May 23 · Source via Prospects San Diego Padres Robby Snelling
  • Manny Machado Drives In Two On Thursday

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    San Diego Padres third baseman Manny Machado went 1-for-5 with two RBI during Thursday's 6-4 win over the Cincinnati Reds. The 31-year-old has not had the best year at the plate in 2024 and has not hit a home run since May 3. Machado owns a .230/.279/.361 slash line with five homers, 27 RBI and two stolen bases across 48 games. We may be watching Machado's decline happen in real time as he is on pace for some of the worst numbers of his career. Despite the slow start, he is still a top-10 fantasy option at third base due to the lack of depth at the position.

    May 23 · Source via San Diego Padres Manny Machado
  • Luis Arraez Goes Deep For First Time This Year

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    San Diego Padres second baseman Luis Arraez slapped his first home run of the year in Wednesday's victory on the road against the Cincinnati Reds, flexing some pop while going 4-for-5 with two RBI in the win. Not known for his power, Arraez got the scoring started on Wednesday with a leadoff homer in the first inning off Reds right-hander Nick Martinez, later adding three singles. The 27-year-old two-time batting champion is now riding a ridiculous seven-game multi-hit streak, hitting .391 (27-for-69) with three doubles, six RBI, eight runs scored, and three stolen bases in 16 games overall since joining San Diego, and he should get more work at second base with Xander Bogaerts (shoulder) on the injured list. Arraez next gets Cincinnati righty Frankie Montas during Thursday's series finale. In six plate appearances against Montas in his career, Arraez is 3-for-6 with a double.

    May 23 · Source via San Diego Padres Luis Arraez
  • Xander Bogaerts Going On Injured List

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    San Diego Padres second baseman Xander Bogaerts (shoulder) is heading to the injured list, and it appears that veteran outfielder David Peralta will replace him on the active roster. Bogaerts is dealing with a fracture in his left shoulder, although there's no indication of a labrum tear or a need for surgery. He will just need some time for the bone to heal and he intends to play again this year, perhaps by late summer. The Padres are planning for more tests on Bogaerts on Wednesday. The 31-year-old injured his shoulder diving for a ball early in the first game of a doubleheader on Monday against the Atlanta Braves and will now be forced to miss significant time. Luis Arraez should now handle the keystone on a daily basis, leaving Donovan Solano, Tyler Wade and Jose Azocar to battle for DH duties in San Diego. Bogaerts was already off to a weak .219/.265/.316 start with four homers and 14 RBI.

    May 22 · Source via San Diego Padres Xander Bogaerts
  • Xander Bogaerts Out Against Reds

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    San Diego Padres second baseman Xander Bogaerts (shoulder) is out of the starting lineup on Tuesday for the series opener in Cincinnati against the Reds. Bogaerts hurt his left shoulder diving for a ball on Monday early on in the first game of a doubleheader against the Atlanta Braves and was kept out of Game 2, so this will be his second straight missed game. Luis Arraez will once again start at second base and hit leadoff, while Donovan Solano is the designated hitter and is batting sixth against Reds left-hander Andrew Abbott. Tests on Bogaerts' shoulder on Monday came back negative, so he's currently considered day-to-day. Fantasy managers will have to check back on Wednesday to see if he's back in action. Bogaerts has been a disappointment so far in 2024 with a .219 average, four homers, 14 RBI and four steals, but he just snapped a six-game hitting streak on Monday.

    May 21 · Source via San Diego Padres Xander Bogaerts
  • Joe Musgrove Officially Starting On Tuesday

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    San Diego Padres right-hander Joe Musgrove (elbow) has officially been reinstated from the 15-day injured list and is returning to start on Tuesday on the road in Cincinnati against the Reds. Musgrove is returning from a bout with right-elbow inflammation that has sidelined him since May 1. The 31-year-old has been hit around a bit so far in 2024 and has been leaving the ball up often, but he did look a lot better against these same Reds in San Diego his last time out on May 1, when he went six innings with two runs allowed and a season-high nine strikeouts. It's a very favorable matchup, as the Reds rank 28th out of 30 teams with a .652 OPS, but Musgrove will still be a shaky option for fantasy lineups because of the fact that he didn't go on a minor-league rehab assignment before returning. He enters the day 3-3 with a bloated 6.37 ERA and 1.51 WHIP with 36 K's in 41 innings over eight starts.

    May 21 · Source via San Diego Padres Joe Musgrove
  • Robert Suarez Picks Up 13th Save Monday

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    San Diego Padres closer Robert Suarez picked up his 13th save of the season in Game 1 of Monday's doubleheader with the Atlanta Braves, throwing a clean ninth inning on just seven pitches. The Padres came from behind to win the opener of Monday's twin bill, scoring four runs in the eighth inning to provide Suarez with the chance to convert his first save since May 8. The 33-year-old right-hander has excelled as San Diego's go-to ninth-inning man this season, going a perfect 13-for-13 on save opportunities while surrendering a lone run with an 18:4 K:BB across 20 1/3 innings. As long as he continues throwing this well, Suarez should remain the Friars' clear-cut stopper going forward.

    May 21 · Source via Closers San Diego Padres Robert Suarez
  • Xander Bogaerts Receives Good News

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    San Diego Padres second baseman Xander Bogaerts (shoulder) was removed from the first game of Monday's doubleheader against the Atlanta Braves with a left-shoulder injury, but preliminary imaging came back negative. It's good news for now, but the Padres are awaiting further results. Even if Bogaerts avoids a serious injury, he's out of Game 2 of the double dip in Atlanta on Monday and could miss more time heading into Tuesday's series opener against the Reds in Cincinnati. The 31-year-old injured his shoulder while diving for a ball up the middle. For now, fantasy managers will want to consider him day-to-day until further notice. Luis Arraez is at second base and batting leadoff in Game 2 of the doubleheader. Before getting hurt on Monday, Bogaerts went hitless in his lone at-bat to drop his season average to a weak .219. Both Arraez and Tyler Wade are options to play the keystone if Bogaerts misses extended time.

    May 20 · Source via San Diego Padres Xander Bogaerts
  • Xander Bogaerts Leaves Game 1 Of Monday's Doubleheader Early

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    San Diego Padres second baseman Xander Bogaerts left Game 1 of Monday's doubleheader against the Atlanta Braves early after injuring what appeared to be his shoulder on a diving attempt in the bottom of the third inning. Bogaerts immediately favored his shoulder before trainers took him off the field. With a quick turnaround, it's safe to say that the veteran will likely not be available for Game 2. Tyler Wade took his spot at second base in the third inning, and he could see more playing time if Bogaerts misses an extended time.

    May 20 · Source via San Diego Padres Xander Bogaerts
  • Yu Darvish Brilliant Again On Sunday Night Baseball

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    San Diego Padres starting pitcher Yu Darvish was nearly unhittable on Sunday, throwing seven shutout innings of two-hit ball in a 9-1 win over the Atlanta Braves. This marks back-to-back Sunday Night Baseball victories for Darvish, who posted an eerily similar line last week against the Dodgers. In both outings he went seven innings and allowed zero runs, two hits, and a walk. The only difference is that he managed two more strikeouts in this one, totaling nine compared to seven last week. The dominant performance lowered his ERA to 2.08 and his WHIP to 0.90. He should be an easy start in all fantasy leagues after stellar outings against two of the best offenses in baseball and his streak of not allowing an earned run reaching 26 IP.

    May 20 · Source via San Diego Padres Yu Darvish
  • Joe Musgrove Likely To Start On Tuesday

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    San Diego Padres starting pitcher Joe Musgrove (triceps) won't be activated from the injured list ahead of Sunday's game against the Atlanta Braves. Instead, Musgrove is likely to be activated and start against the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday. The Padres were planning on bringing Musgrove back on Sunday, but a rainout on Saturday pushed back their rotation. Fantasy managers will have to wait a little longer before getting the 31-year-old back on the mound. Musgrove holds a 6.37 ERA, 1.51 WHIP, and a 36/13 K/BB ratio through eight starts this season. Hopefully some time off will help him get back on track.

    May 19 · Source via San Diego Padres Joe Musgrove
  • Padres Sign David Peralta To Minor League Deal

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    The Padres have signed outfielder David Peralta to a minor league deal and assigned him to Triple-A El Paso, per an announcement from the El Paso Chihuahuas (X link). The move comes just days after Peralta opted out of his previous minor league deal with the Cubs. Peralta, 36, is very familiar with the NL...

    May 19 · MLB Trade Rumors San Diego Padres David Peralta
  • Padres-Braves Postponed On Saturday

    Saturday's game between the San Diego Padres and the Atlanta Braves has been postponed due to inclement weather. The game will be rescheduled for Monday, May 20, at 6:20 pm eastern time as part of a split doubleheader. Right-hander Bryce Elder was set to start for the Braves on Saturday and face Padres right-hander Yu Darvish. Both pitchers will likely be pushed back a day and face each other on Sunday instead. Fantasy baseball managers must adjust their lineups accordingly and remove players from their lineups from both squads.

    May 18 · Source via San Diego Padres Atlanta Braves
  • Joe Musgrove In "A Great Spot For Sunday"

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    San Diego Padres manager Mike Shildt said he thinks that right-hander Joe Musgrove (elbow) is in "a great spot for Sunday" to return from the injured list to start in Atlanta against the Braves. The skipper said the team will continue to see how Musgrove recovers after playing catch on Friday and throwing a bullpen session the other day. The Padres put the 31-year-old veteran on the injured list on May 5 with right-elbow inflammation, and he's thrown two bullpen sessions already. It looks like he won't be sent out on a minor-league rehab assignment, so fantasy managers would probably be wise to avoid Musgrove in Atlanta against a strong offensive squad, especially since he wasn't pitching all that well before hitting the IL. In 41 innings so far in 2024, Musgrove has an unsightly 6.37 ERA and 1.51 WHIP, although he did fan nine hitters in six innings against the Reds his last time out on May 1.

    May 18 · Source via San Diego Padres Joe Musgrove
  • Matt Waldron Strikes Out 10 On Friday

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    San Diego Padres right-hander Matt Waldron turned in a dominant performance in a 3-1 win over the Atlanta Braves on Friday. Waldron allowed just one run on five hits over 5 2/3 innings while striking out 10 and walking two. The veteran did well in limiting a dangerous Atlanta offense to just one run while racking up double-digit strikeouts for the first time in his MLB career. Overall, Waldron has a 2-5 record, 5.00 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, and 45 strikeouts over 45 innings of work. Waldron is worth a look in deeper leagues moving forward as he gears up for his next start.

    May 18 · Source via San Diego Padres Matt Waldron
  • Luis Campusano Getting A Breather Friday

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    San Diego Padres catcher Luis Campusano is taking the day off for the series opener on Friday in Atlanta against the Braves. With Campusano taking a day to rest, Kyle Higashioka will do the catching for right-handed knuckleballer Matt Waldron while hitting ninth against Braves left-hander Max Fried. The 25-year-old Campusano has been solid for the Padres in his first full season as their primary catcher. Through his first 40 games in 2024, he's hitting .267 (36-for-135) with three home runs, 24 RBI and 18 runs scored in 144 plate appearances. He'll almost certainly be back behind the plate for the second game of the series on Saturday. Higashioka isn't much of a hitter and should be avoided in DFS formats. The former Yankee backstop has gone 6-for-33 with a homer and two RBI so far this year.

    May 17 · Source via San Diego Padres Luis Campusano
  • Padres Release Matt Festa

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    The Padres released right-hander Matt Festa, who'd been pitching with their Triple-A affiliate in El Paso, per the MiLB.com transaction log. Festa, 31, has appeared in parts of four seasons with the Mariners. He inked a minor league deal with San Diego over the winter. The former seventh-round pick sports a career 4.32 ERA and...

    May 17 · MLB Trade Rumors San Diego Padres Matt Festa
  • Joe Musgrove Aiming To Start On Sunday

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    San Diego Padres right-hander Joe Musgrove (elbow) is aiming to return from the 15-day injured list this weekend to start on Sunday in Atlanta against the Braves. Musgrove threw a bullpen session on Monday and was expected to throw another one on Wednesday, and it looks like he's shown enough to convince the Padres that he doesn't need to go on a minor-league rehab assignment before returning to the starting rotation. The 31-year-old veteran went on the injured list on May 5 with right-elbow inflammation and was 3-3 with an elevated 6.37 ERA and 1.51 WHIP with 36 strikeouts in 41 innings over his eight starts to begin 2024. Although Musgrove looked much better in his last outing against the Cincinnati Reds, fantasy managers will be rolling the dice if they go with him in his first start off the IL on Sunday against the strong offense of the Braves.

    May 15 · Source via San Diego Padres Joe Musgrove
  • Joe Musgrove Could Return This Weekend

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    San Diego Padres right-hander Joe Musgrove (elbow) threw a light bullpen session on Monday, marking the first time he'd done so since he was placed on the 15-day injured list after his May 1 start due to right-elbow inflammation. Musgrove is scheduled for another bullpen on Wednesday, with manager Mike Shildt noting that if all goes well, Musgrove is trending toward making his return during the team's series from May 17-20 in Atlanta against the Braves. Musgrove has had a tough season to this point, sporting a 6.37 ERA in eight starts, but his most recent outing was his sharpest, when he gave up just two runs and struck out nine in six innings of work against the Cincinnati Reds. The 31-year-old veteran still has time to turn things around and should be plucked off the waiver wire if he's available in your league, although starting him this weekend if he returns to face the Braves would be a risky proposition.

    May 15 · Source via San Diego Padres Joe Musgrove
  • Luis Arraez Out Against Left-Hander

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    San Diego Padres designated hitter Luis Arraez is not in the starting lineup on Wednesday with the team facing Colorado Rockies left-hander Austin Gomber in the series finale. With Arraez getting a day to rest, Manny Machado is serving as the DH and is hitting cleanup, while Donovan Solano is at third base and batting sixth. Outfielder Jurickson Profar moves back up to the leadoff spot. Arraez is hitting .303 (54-for-178) on the year and is 13-for-41 (.317) with two doubles, no home runs, four RBI, a stolen base and five runs scored in his first 10 games with the Friars. Fantasy managers should expect him back in the lineup on Friday for the series opener in Atlanta against the Braves. Profar, who has been on a heater so far this year with a .324/.416/.520 slash line with a .936 OPS, will have increased DFS value back in the leadoff spot against a pitcher that he's hitting .375 against in his career with two RBI in eight at-bats.

    May 15 · Source via San Diego Padres Luis Arraez
  • Dylan Lesko Off To Slow Start At High-A

    San Diego Padres starting pitcher Dylan Lesko has been off to a slow start to the 2024 season and took a significant drop in the recent MLB Pipeline rankings. He entered the season as the number 49 prospect but now sits as the number 72 prospect. Through 19 innings at High-A this season, he holds a poor 9.00 ERA, 1.74 WHIP, and an ugly 23:22 BB:K ratio. This is a big difference from his 22:52 BB:K ratio he held through 33 innings last season at Single and High-A. He was in contention to reach Double-A this season, but due to his recent struggles, he may have to wait till next season to get that opportunity. Dynasty managers should follow Lesko closely to see if he could turn things around.

    May 14 · Source via Prospects San Diego Padres Dylan Lesko
  • Jackson Merrill Hits Third Home Run On Monday

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    San Diego Padres shortstop/outfielder went 2-3 at the plate on Monday with a home run. The rookie tallied a solo shot in the seventh inning, which was his third of the season. Through his first 41 games at the major league level, the 21-year-old has a strong .291/.342/.403 line with six stolen bases. Merrill has played in all but one game this season for the Padres and has several strong underlying metrics, such as a 45.5% hard-hit rate and .453 xSLG, which are both significantly above average. The former first-round selection has settled right in at the major league level and should be rostered in all standard formats.

    May 14 · Source via Prospects San Diego Padres Jackson Merrill
  • Ha-Seong Kim Back In Padres Lineup

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    San Diego Padres shortstop Ha-Seong Kim (wrist) is back at shortstop and is hitting ninth for the Friars on Monday at Petco Park for the series opener against the visiting Colorado Rockies and right-hander Dakota Hudson. Kim had to be removed from Sunday's win over the division-rival Los Angeles Dodgers after he was hit by a pitch on his left wrist. Thankfully, the 28-year-old middle infielder's X-rays came back negative and now he's back in the starting lineup a day later. After a career year in 2023 in which he hit ..260/.351/.398 with 17 home runs, 60 RBI and 38 stolen bases in 152 games, he's disappointed so far with a .208/.316/.362 slash line with five home runs, 21 RBI and eight stolen bases in 43 games. Kim is an everyday player and remains fantasy relevant, mostly for his speed on the base paths, but hitting at the bottom of SD's batting order is bad for his upside.

    May 13 · Source via San Diego Padres Ha-Seong Kim
  • Yu Darvish Shuts Down Dodgers

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    San Diego Padres starting pitcher Yu Darvish blanked the division rival Los Angeles Dodgers in Sunday's victory. The veteran tossed seven scoreless innings and allowed two hits, one walk and struck out seven. It was an impressive start for the 37-year-old against one of the toughest offenses in the league. Darvish has been putting together a strong season over his first eight starts and owns a 3-1 record to go along with a 2.43 ERA and 0.97 WHIP with 37 strikeouts in 40 2/3 innings. He should be rostered in all formats, but draws a tough matchup against the Atlanta Braves this weekend.

    May 13 · Source via San Diego Padres Yu Darvish
  • Yu Darvish Twirls Gem Against Dodgers

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    San Diego Padres starting pitcher Yu Darvish was excellent again on Sunday, tossing seven shutout innings against the Los Angeles Dodgers in a 4-0 victory. Darvish allowed just two hits and one walk while punching out seven in this one. The 37-year-old is turning back the clock since returning from neck tightness in late April, going 3-0 in his three starts while not allowing any runs and generating a 15:2 K:BB ratio. Darvish is always a tough pitcher to analyze, but he is a must-start while he is on this heater. Looking to sell high on the righty might be a shrewd move, but it is also a risk.

    May 13 · Source via San Diego Padres Yu Darvish
  • Jake Cronenworth Resting Saturday With Lefty On Mound

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    San Diego Padres first baseman Jake Cronenworth is out of the lineup on Saturday for the Padres tilt against the Los Angeles Dodgers. With James Paxton on the mound, and Cronenworth struggling deeply against lefties, the Padres will start Luis Arraez at first base in his place. While Cronenworth has been excellent this season with an .841 OPS, that drops to just .437 when facing lefties. This decision would appear to simply be platoon-based and shouldn't raise any concerns with fantasy managers. Expect Cronenworth to be back in the lineup on Sunday when the Los Angeles Dodgers start right-hander Walker Buehler.

    May 11 · Source via San Diego Padres Jake Cronenworth
  • Luis Arraez Hits Walk-Off Single Friday

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    San Diego Padres designated hitter Luis Arraez went 1-for-4 with a single and an RBI in Friday's 2-1 win over the Dodgers. While he had just one hit, it was a big one, as it came in the bottom of the ninth in a tie ball game and drove in the winning run. It was the perfect ending to his first home game as a Padre. The two-time batting champion is now hitting .311 on the season with a .358 OBP. He'll help fantasy managers in batting average and runs scored (27 runs scored in 2024), but doesn't hit for power and doesn't steal bases. Hopefully there will be more RBI opportunities in San Diego (only seven so far) than there were in Miami.

    May 11 · Source via San Diego Padres Luis Arraez
  • Michael King Fans Eleven Batters In No-Decision

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    San Diego Padres starting pitcher Michael King threw seven scoreless innings in Friday's 2-1 victory over the Dodgers, striking out 11 but did not factor into the decision. King allowed just two hits and also walked three in the outing. It's the righty's second consecutive start where he did not allow a run, pitching six scoreless against the Diamondbacks his last time out. This is more what fantasy managers were looking for when they drafted the pitcher after posting a low ERA, low WHIP, and a strong K-BB% last season for the Yankees. Over his first seven starts in 2024, the 28-year-old posted a 5.00 ERA, 1.47 WHIP, 11.7% K-BB%, and 2.50 HR/9, including two outings in which he allowed a total of seven home runs and one outing where he walked seven batters. Hopefully these last two have got him back on track, and he'll look to keep rolling his next time out at home against a struggling Rockies team who strike out third-most in the majors.

    May 11 · Source via San Diego Padres Michael King
  • Joe Musgrove Plays Catch Friday

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    San Diego Padres right-hander Joe Musgrove (elbow) was able to play catch at Petco Park on Friday after having some imaging done on his right elbow. Everything came out looking good on his tests, and he's still expecting a minimum stay on the 15-day injured list. It's the first time that Musgrove has played catch since landing on the injured list last Sunday with right-elbow inflammation. If he doesn't have any setback, the 31-year-old veteran could return to the Padres' starting rotation next Friday. Fantasy managers probably will want to avoid throwing him right back into their starting lineups when he returns. After finishing last year on the sidelines due to an injury, Musgrove has gone 3-3 with a bloated 6.37 ERA and 1.51 WHIP with a league-high 10 home runs allowed, 13 walks and 36 strikeouts in 41 innings over eight starts.

    May 10 · Source via San Diego Padres Joe Musgrove
  • Dylan Cease Looks Excellent On Wednesday

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    San Diego Padres starting pitcher Dylan Cease was impressive on the mound during Wednesday's game against the Chicago Cubs. The 28-year-old struck out a season-high 12 batters over seven shutout innings during the win. Cease only allowed one hit and a pair of walks during Wednesday's outing. He holds a 2.19 ERA, 0.75 WHIP and 60/16 K/BB ratio across 49 1/3 innings this season. He'll get a favorable matchup against the Colorado Rockies during his next start.

    May 8 · Source via San Diego Padres Dylan Cease
  • Ethan Salas Tallies Two Extra-Base Hits On Tuesday

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    San Diego Padres catching prospect Ethan Salas went 2-for-4 in the batter's box with a double and his first triple of the season on Tuesday. He also tallied his eighth RBI of the season off a sacrifice fly. Salas has had a rough start to the 2024 season at High-A with a .205/.301/.284 slash line. The top prospect in the San Diego system performed very well in Single-A last season with a .267/.350/.487 line but struggled when he was promoted to High-A, and even in a brief stint in Double-A. The 17-year-old looks to have carried those struggles into the early part of the season, but his performance on Tuesday could be an excellent way for him to get back on track. Salas is considered one of the best prospects in baseball, and these struggles should not be exaggerated, as he is just 17 years old and is still several years away from his major-league debut.

    May 8 · Source via Prospects San Diego Padres Ethan Salas
  • Jurickson Profar Homers, Continues Offensive Surge

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    San Diego Padres outfielder Jurickson Profar went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Tuesday's 3-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs. Profar blasted a two-run shot off Shota Imanaga in the eighth inning to put the Padres on the scoreboard and tie the game 2-2. His home run traveled 385 feet with an exit velocity of 103.4 mph. The 31-year-old has been on absolute fire at the plate recently, hitting .429 (21-for-49) with four home runs, 12 RBI, 12 runs, and a stolen base over his last 13 games. Profar is slashing .338/.420/.538 with six home runs, 27 RBI, 22 runs, and two stolen bases across 150 plate appearances in 2024. Fantasy managers should continue to roll with Profar in most leagues while he's swinging a hot bat.

    May 8 · Source via San Diego Padres Jurickson Profar
  • Dylan Cease Tries To Keep Up Excellent Start

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    San Diego Padres starting pitcher Dylan Cease is enjoying an excellent start to his 2024 regular season, and he'll try to keep the good times rolling in Wednesday's scheduled start on the road against the Chicago Cubs. Through seven starts this year, Cease boasts a 2.55 ERA (2.50 FIP) and 0.80 WHIP while striking out 48, walking 14, and leading MLB with just 4.3 hits per nine innings over 42 1/3 frames. After spending the first five years of his major-league career with the Chicago White Sox on the South Side, Cease has plenty of experience dealing with the Cubs. In four appearances against the Cubs since 2021, the hard-throwing 28-year-old right-hander is 3-0 with an outstanding 1.50 ERA and 33:11 K:BB across 24 innings. Chicago's current roster is batting just 4-for-46 (.087) versus Cease, who looks like a great fantasy play across the board on Wednesday.

    May 7 · Source via San Diego Padres Dylan Cease
  • Luis Arraez Absent On Tuesday

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    San Diego Padres second baseman Luis Arraez (rest) is out of the starting lineup ahead of Tuesday's game against the Chicago Cubs. This appears to be a routine rest day for Arraez against tough left-hander Shota Imanaga. The 27-year-old infielder was acquired by the Padres over the weekend. He has five hits and one RBI since joining the team. In his absence, Xander Bogaerts will cover second base and bat fifth on Tuesday.

    May 7 · Source via San Diego Padres Luis Arraez
  • Robert Suarez Earns Five-Out Save Monday

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    San Diego Padres closer Robert Suarez continued his excellent season, earning his 11th save in Monday's 6-3 win over the Cubs. Suarez entered the game in the bottom of the eighth inning up by three with one out and the bases loaded. He got a strikeout and a pop-out to escape the jam and stayed on to pitch the ninth, delivering a 1-2-3 inning with two more strikeouts. The 33-year-old has been one of fantasy's best closers this season, converting all of his save opportunities with a 0.59 ERA in 15 1/3 innings of work.

    May 7 · Source via Closers San Diego Padres Robert Suarez
  • Yu Darvish Pitches Five Scoreless In Monday's Win

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    San Diego Padres starting pitcher Yu Darvish turned in another good start in Monday's 6-3 win over the Cubs. The veteran pitched five scoreless innings, allowing three hits and a walk with five strikeouts. Darvish's strikeout numbers are still down relative to his career average, but he is 2-1 through seven starts with a 2.94 ERA, an 8.02 K/9 rate, and a 2.94 BB/9 rate in 33 2/3 IP. He will face a tough matchup in his next scheduled start against the Dodgers. Fantasy managers in weekly lineup leagues won't have a choice, but those in daily leagues may consider sitting him despite his strong start to the season.

    May 7 · Source via San Diego Padres Yu Darvish
  • Manny Machado Not Playing Against Cubs

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    San Diego Padres third baseman Manny Machado is not in the team's starting lineup on Monday for a series opener against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. With Machado on the bench, Donovan Solano will start at the hot corner and bat sixth against Cubs left-hander Justin Steele, who is making his first start off the injured list. Solano is hitless in two career at-bats against Steele and will be getting his first at-bat of the 2024 season after just being called up from the minors over the weekend. The 31-year-old Machado had started all nine games since returning from the paternity list last month. Since returning on April 26, Machado has gone 9-for-36 (.250) with a home run and nine RBI in 37 plate appearances. Machado will be back in the lineup on Tuesday.

    May 6 · Source via San Diego Padres Manny Machado
  • Padres Place Joe Musgrove On 15-Day Injured List

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    The Padres announced that right-hander Joe Musgrove has been placed on the 15-day injured list due to right elbow inflammation.  Righty Randy Vasquez has been called up from Triple-A to take Musgrove's spot on the active roster and in San Diego's rotation. More specifically, Musgrove is suffering from triceps tendinitis, as the Padres told reporters...

    May 6 · MLB Trade Rumors San Diego Padres Joe Musgrove Randy Vasquez
  • Padres Select Donovan Solano

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    The Padres announced this afternoon that they've selected the contract of infielder Donovan Solano. Infielder Eguy Rosario was optioned to Triple-A in the corresponding move, and San Diego's 40-man roster now stands at 40. Solano, 36, is a veteran of ten MLB seasons who first made his debut back in 2012. He struggled to hit...

    May 5 · MLB Trade Rumors San Diego Padres Eguy Rosario Donovan Solano
  • Joe Musgrove Placed On Injured List

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    San Diego Padres starter Joe Musgrove (triceps) has been placed on the 15-day injured list with right triceps tendinitis. The 31-year-old pitched great in his last start on Wednesday, but it appears as though something came up during the outing. The decision to place him on the IL is reportedly precautionary, so hopefully he can return to the team after two weeks. Randy Vazquez was recalled from Triple-A El Paso to join the rotation in Musgrove's absence. Vazquez owns a 3.38 ERA across 13 career appearances in the majors and will be a matchup-dependent streaming option in fantasy.

    May 5 · Source via San Diego Padres Joe Musgrove
  • Luis Arraez In DH Slot And Batting Leadoff In Padres' Debut

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    Luis Arraez, acquired by the San Diego Padres for prospects last night from the Miami Marlins, is in the DH slot and batting leadoff tonight. Arraez is hitting .299 with no home runs, five RBI, and 22 runs in 148 plate appearances this season. Arraez could also see time at first base and second base in San Diego. The Padres face off tonight against right-hander Brandon Pfaadt and the Arizona Diamondbacks.

    May 4 · Source via San Diego Padres Luis Arraez
  • Luis Arraez Traded To Padres

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    The Miami Marlins and San Diego Padres have agreed to a trade that sends second baseman Luis Arraez to San Diego in exchange for relief pitcher Woo-Suk Go and three prospects. The prospects San Diego is sending to Miami are outfielder Dillon Head, outfielder Jakob Marsee and first baseman Nathan Martorella. Head is the Padres sixth-ranked prospect, Marsee is their No. 9 prospect and Martorella ranks 13th. Suk Go had signed with the Padres over the offseason after playing in the KBO for the last seven years. Arraez and his .299 batting average will rank second-highest on the Padres behind Jurickson Profar. The move signifies the beginning of a rebuild in Miami, while the Padres continue to make moves to try and make noise in the National League West. It's unclear where the Padres plan on inserting Arraez into their lineup and defensive alignment, but he'll most certainly play every day and hit near the top of the batting order. It's a boost to his fantasy value.

    May 4 · Source via Prospects San Diego Padres Miami Marlins Luis Arraez Woo Suk Go Dillon Head Jakob Marsee Nathan Martorella
  • Fernando Tatis Jr. Homers, Collects Three RBI Friday

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    San Diego Padres outfielder Fernando Tatis Jr. had three hits in five at-bats and drove in three runs in Friday's 7-1 win over the Diamondbacks. One of the hits was a two-run home run, his seventh of the year. It was the fourth time he's collected three hits in a game in 2024, although you might not know it from his .246 batting average. Despite the low average, the 25-year-old is having a solid season with a .333 OBP, .455 SLG, and 131 wRC+. In addition to his seven home runs, the former All-Star has 20 RBI, 20 runs scored, and four stolen bases so far so he's been a multi-category contributor for fantasy.

    May 4 · Source via San Diego Padres Fernando Tatis Jr.
  • Xander Bogaerts Off To Slow Start In 2024

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    Heading into Friday night's series opener against the Diamondbacks in Arizona, San Diego Padres second baseman Xander Bogaerts was hitting just .217/.284/.287 with two home runs, 11 RBI, two stolen bases and 17 runs scored in 141 plate appearances over 32 games. The Friars made a big trade to acquire second baseman Luis Arraez from the Marlins on Friday night, but Bogaerts, who is a superior defender, should remain as the starter at second moving forward. But the 31-year-old four-time All-Star will likely drop further down the batting order with the addition of Arraez. Bogaerts managed to hit 19 homers and steal 19 bases in his first year in SD in 2023, but a lot more was expected from him after he signed an 11-year, $280 million deal last offseason. He's going to need to start making more consistent hard contact at the plate to turn around his slow start now that the calendar has flipped to May.

    May 3 · Source via San Diego Padres Xander Bogaerts
  • Dillon Head Headlines Marlins Prospect Return From Padres

    The Miami Marlins sent All-Star second baseman Luis Arraez to the San Diego Padres on Friday night in exchange for outfield prospects Dillon Head, Jakob Marsee and Nathan Martorella, and relief pitcher Woo-Suk Go, according to a source. With Arraez now gone in Miami, Vidal Brujan should take over everyday duties at second base. Head, who was San Diego's No. 6 prospect, is just 19 years old and was hitting .237/.317/.366 in 104 plate appearances in Single-A. The left-handed hitter's main calling card is his speed after being taken 25th overall in last year's draft, but he's still at least several years from a big-league debut. Marsee, 22, was San Diego's No. 9 prospect. He's struggled at Double-A in 2024, but the left-handed hitter could be fast-tracked in Miami's farm system along with Head. Martorella, 23, can also play first base. He was ranked as SD's No. 13 prospect He also hits from the left side and was slashing a strong .294/.392/.435 with 14 RBI at Double-A San Antonio before the trade.

    May 3 · Source via Prospects San Diego Padres Miami Marlins Dillon Head
  • Marlins Trade Luis Arraez To Padres

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    The Miami Marlins traded second baseman Luis Arraez to the San Diego Padres in exchange for relief pitcher Woo-Suk Go and three prospects on Friday. The prospects are outfielder Dillon Head, outfielder Jakob Marsee and first baseman Nathan Martorella. Head is the top prize here as the Padres' No. 6 prospect. Marsee ranks as the Padres' No. 9 prospect, and Martorella ranks as their No. 13 prospect. Suk Go has been playing in Double-A San Antonio and was signed in the offseason after playing seven seasons in the KBO. Arraez and his .299 batting average will rank second on the Padres behind Jurickson Profar. The acquisition will create an interesting scenario in San Diego, as struggling second baseman Xander Bogaerts was acquired prior to the 2023 season. With Arraez not having as great a glove as Bogaerts, there is potential that Arraez could spend time at DH while Bogaerts stays set at second base. Either way, Arraez will be a lineup regular in San Diego and should hit at the top of their lineup while sending Tyler Wade to the bench.

    May 3 · Source via Prospects Miami Marlins San Diego Padres Luis Arraez Dillon Head Jakob Marsee Nathan Martorella
  • Luis Patiño Undergoes Tommy John Surgery

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    Padres right-hander Luis Patiño underwent Tommy John surgery yesterday, per Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union-Tribune. The righty will miss the remainder of 2024 and some part of 2025 as well. Patiño, 24, began the season on the 15-day injured list due to elbow inflammation. It seems that subsequent testing revealed the need for...

    May 1 · MLB Trade Rumors San Diego Padres Luis Patino
  • Jake Cronenworth Slaps Go-Ahead Grand Slam

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    San Diego Padres first baseman Jake Cronenworth slapped a go-ahead grand slam in Wednesday's 6-2 win over the visiting Cincinnati Reds, propelling his team to victory with four RBI. Cronenworth's round-tripper came in the seventh inning, taking Reds right-hander Fernando Cruz deep to right field for a 400-foot blast. On the season, the 30-year-old righty masher is slashing a healthy .265/.343/.470 with five homers, seven doubles, 24 RBI, and 17 runs scored in 137 plate appearances (31 games) for the Friars and remains a solid mixed-league fantasy asset in San Diego's high-scoring lineup. A three-game set against three right-handed pitchers and the division-rival Arizona Diamondbacks begins on Friday. In 13 games against Arizona in 2023, Cronenworth hit a strong .313 (15-for-49) with a homer, seven RBI, and six runs scored.

    May 1 · Source via San Diego Padres Jake Cronenworth
  • Joe Musgrove Rebounds With Nine Strikeouts

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    San Diego Padres starting pitcher Joe Musgrove logged a quality start in Wednesday's 6-2 win over the visiting Cincinnati Reds, hurling six innings of two-run ball on four hits and no walks with nine strikeouts for a no-decision. The Friars didn't grab the lead until a four-run seventh inning, which prevented Musgrove from netting the win, but it was a much-needed bounce-back effort after the hurler was knocked around for seven runs in his last start against the Philadelphia Phillies. The 31-year-old right-hander holds a 6.37 ERA, 1.51 WHIP, and 36:13 K:BB across 41 frames (eight starts) for San Diego this season following Wednesday's excellent showing, and he'll look to improve on those numbers in a tough matchup during Tuesday's scheduled start on the road against the Chicago Cubs. In two appearances (11 IP) against the Cubs since 2022, Musgrove is 1-1 with a 4.91 ERA and 14:4 K:BB.

    May 1 · Source via San Diego Padres Joe Musgrove
  • Xander Bogaerts Riding Pine Wednesday

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    San Diego Padres second baseman Xander Bogaerts is out of the starting lineup on Wednesday for the series finale against the visiting Cincinnati Reds. It will be just the second time this year that Bogaerts will open the game on the bench for the Friars after starting each of the team's last 16 games. Tyler Wade will get the start at the keystone and will hit in the nine-hole against Reds right-hander Graham Ashcraft. Wade will be one to avoid in DFS contests on Wednesday's slate of action. The 31-year-old Bogaerts isn't in danger of losing playing time as the Padres' regular second baseman, but he has done very little for fantasy managers in 2024, hitting .217 (28-for-129) with only two home runs, 11 RBI, two stolen bases and 17 runs scored in 32 games this year.

    May 1 · Source via San Diego Padres Xander Bogaerts
  • Yu Darvish Snags Victory In Return

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    Returning from the 15-day injured list on Tuesday, San Diego Padres starting pitcher Yu Darvish did not miss a beat. Darvish tossed five innings and allowed three hits with no runs or walks and three strikeouts against the Cincinnati Reds. It was Darvish's first start since April 14 as he dealt with neck stiffness. Darvish had a bit of a down season in 2023, but he has bounced back so far in 2023 with a 3.45 ERA over his first 28 2/3 innings. His strikeouts are down at the moment versus his career numbers, but there is still plenty of time for that to improve. Darvish is worth rostering in all formats and will face the Chicago Cubs early next week.

    May 1 · Source via San Diego Padres Yu Darvish
  • Robert Suarez Closes Door On Reds

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    San Diego Padres closer Robert Suarez worked a perfect 1-2-3 inning to secure his 10th of the season on Tuesday versus the Cincinnati Reds. Suarez recorded one strikeout and lowered his ERA to pristine 0.71 on the season. Suarez has been dominant out of the bullpen for the Padres and hasn't made the club miss former closer Josh Hader, who left to sign with the Houston Astros this offseason. Suarez hasn't struck out many batters this season with 11 in 12 2/3 innings, but he continues to get the job done and should be rostered in all formats.

    May 1 · Source via Closers San Diego Padres Robert Suarez
  • Yu Darvish Activated And Starting On Tuesday

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    San Diego Padres right-hander Yu Darvish (neck) is being activated from the 15-day injured list and will start on Tuesday at Petco Park against the visiting Cincinnati Reds, according to manager Mike Shildt. Darvish has been on the injured list since April 17 due to neck tightness and didn't require a minor-league rehab assignment, so fantasy managers in all fantasy formats should be pretty hesitant to throw the 37-year-old veteran right back into the fold for Tuesday's action. Darvish wasn't throwing the ball particularly well before his injury, either, as he was sporting a 4.18 ERA and 1.27 WHIP with 22 strikeouts and 10 walks in 23 2/3 innings over his five starts. The Reds rank 22nd in the league in OPS, but their lineup is dangerous and can explode at any time.

    Apr 30 · Source via San Diego Padres Yu Darvish
  • Luis Campusano Not Found in Sunday's Lineup

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    San Diego Padres backstop Luis Campusano will be on the bench on Sunday as the Padres hope to avoid a three-game sweep against the Philadelphia Phillies. The 25-year-old has made three consecutive starts and has posted an overall .286/.316/.396 line. Campusano currently holds an excellent 10.5% K rate, placing him in the top 97th percentile among qualified hitters. Kyle Higashioka will slot in behind the dish today and will face Taijuan Walker, who will make his season debut. Higashioka is a desperation play in DFS as he is riding a .190/.190/.381 line with just one RBI. Campusano should be expected to return to the lineup as the Padres open a three-game series with the Cincinnati Reds on Monday.

    Apr 28 · Source via San Diego Padres Luis Campusano
  • Jackson Merrill Back In Lineup On Saturday

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    San Diego Padres center fielder Jackson Merrill (groin) is back in the lineup on Saturday for a tilt against Ranger Suarez and the Philadelphia Phillies. Merrill had been dealing with groin tightness and was scratched prior to Thursday's game against the Colorado Rockies. After missing two games the rookie appears to be in a better spot and his tightness has subsided. Merrill has had a solid start to the season, slashing .318/.378/.409 in 98 PA for the Padres. Expectations may need to be tempered in his return on Saturday, though, as Merrill has been much less effective against lefties. He should be avoided Saturday in DFS formats, but will have a string of right-handed matchups coming up over the next week that will make him a viable option in most fantasy formats.

    Apr 27 · Source via Prospects San Diego Padres Jackson Merrill
  • Manny Machado Returns To Third Base

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    The Padres activated Manny Machado from the paternity list before tonight's series opener against the Phillies. More notably, he's in the lineup at third base for the first time this season. Machado had been limited to designated hitter for the first few weeks. Last October, he underwent surgery to repair the extensor tendon in his...

    Apr 27 · MLB Trade Rumors San Diego Padres Manny Machado
  • Jackson Merrill Remains Out On Friday

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    San Diego Padres outfielder Jackson Merrill (groin) remains out of the starting lineup ahead of Friday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies. The 21-year-old was held out of Thursday's game as well due to a lingering groin issue. The organization is hopeful that Merrill will be able to avoid the injured list. For now, Jose Azocar will cover center field and bat ninth versus right-hander Aaron Nola.

    Apr 26 · Source via Prospects San Diego Padres Jackson Merrill
  • Manny Machado Returning On Friday

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    San Diego Padres third baseman Manny Machado has been activated off the paternity leave list on Friday. That is great news after Machado missed a few games earlier in the week due to a personal matter. He's batting fourth and covering third base during Friday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies. In a corresponding move, infielder Matthew Batten has been optioned to the minors. Fantasy managers should make sure to get Machado back in their lineups.

    Apr 26 · Source via San Diego Padres Manny Machado
  • Leodalis De Vries Tallies Four RBI On Thursday

    San Diego Padres shortstop prospect Leodalis De Vries tallied his first four professional RBI on Thursday. De Vries made his professional debut at Single-A earlier this week and has already begun to make headlines. The 17-year-old tallied two hits on Thursday, a single and a triple, which brought in four runs. Throughout his first three professional games, he has posted a .308/.357/.538 stat line with one stolen base and two extra-base hits. The number five overall prospect in the San Diego system is still several years away from reaching the major leagues but is a name worth monitoring in dynasty leagues as he has the potential to be a budding superstar in the future.

    Apr 26 · Source via Prospects San Diego Padres Leodalis De Vries
  • Yu Darvish Throws Side Session

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    San Diego Padres right-hander Yu Darvish (neck) threw a side session on Wednesday, after which "reports were favorable," according to manager Mike Shildt. "He was on the gas, but didn't have it to the floor... it was a positive first step." Darvish was put on the 15-day injured list on April 17 (retroactive to April 15) and last pitched on April 14 against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The 37-year-old was shut down in September of last year with a stress reaction in his right elbow and has dealt with back and neck issues in the past. It sounds like Darvish is improving, but at 37 years old, his recurring neck issue is something to keep an eye on when he returns. Before hitting the IL, he had a 4.18 ERA and 1.27 WHIP with 22 strikeouts and 10 walks in 23 2/3 frames over his first five starts.

    Apr 26 · Source via San Diego Padres Yu Darvish
  • Jurickson Profar Stays Hot

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    San Diego Padres outfielder Jurickson Profar went 2-for-4 with a home run and a walk in Thursday's loss against the Colorado Rockies. Porfar took Nick Mears deep in the top of the seventh inning for his third homer of the season. The veteran has quietly been having a nice season for the Padres with a .295 batting average and 18 RBI. Profar should eventually regress, but he is worth riding while his bat is hot. For now, Profar is worth rostering, but managers would be wise to test the trade market and try to sell-high on the veteran. Profar will look to stay warm versus the division rival San Francisco Giants and Kyle Harrison on Friday evening.

    Apr 26 · Source via San Diego Padres Jurickson Profar
  • Ha-Seong Kim Blasts Homer In Loss

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    San Diego Padres infielder Ha-Seong Kim has shown some unexpected pop in his bat early in the season. On Thursday, Kim went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in the loss to the Colorado Rockies. The 28-year-old now has four homers on the season, which is nice to see. It's also worth noting that Kim has stolen seven bases as well. He's struggling a bit in other areas, but has done enough to keep himself fantasy relevant.

    Apr 26 · Source via San Diego Padres Ha-Seong Kim
  • Jackson Merrill Scratched With Groin Tigthness

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    San Diego Padres rookie outfielder Jackson Merrill (groin) was scratched from Thursday's lineup against the Colorado Rockies in the series finale with right-groin tightness. As a result, Tyler Wade moved to left field while Jose Azocar got the start in center field and Eguy Rosario is playing third base. For now, fantasy managers should consider the 21-year-old youngster as day-to-day and check back on Friday to see if he's able to play in the series opener at Petco Park against the visiting Philadelphia Phillies. Merrill was considered the Padres' shortstop of the future while coming up through the minors, but he's been serving as the club's regular center fielder in his first year in the big leagues. He's handled himself well at the plate so far, hitting .318 (28-for-88) with a homer, 12 RBI, four stolen bases and 12 runs scored in his first 27 games at the big-league level.

    Apr 25 · Source via Prospects San Diego Padres Jackson Merrill
  • Manny Machado Expected To Return Friday

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    San Diego Padres third baseman/designated hitter Manny Machado is expected to return to the lineup on Friday for the start of a three-game series with the Philadelphia Phillies at Petco Park. Machado is currently on the paternity list while he and his wife expect the delivery of their first child, and manager Mike Shildt has confirmed the star infielder will not rejoin the club ahead of their series finale against the division-rival Colorado Rockies on Thursday. Before taking some time away, the 31-year-old six-time All-Star was slashing a modest .260/.324/.417 with four home runs, three doubles, 12 RBI, and 15 runs scored in 105 plate appearances (24 games). In 16 games versus the Phillies since 2021, Machado is hitting .267 (16-for-60) with six homers, 13 RBI, 11 runs scored, and one stolen base.

    Apr 24 · Source via San Diego Padres Manny Machado
  • Michael King Pitches Short Outing Tuesday

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    San Diego Padres starting pitcher Michael King did not last long in Tuesday's 7-4 loss to the Rockies. King pitched just 3 2/3 innings, allowing six runs (four earned) on eight hits (including a grand slam) and three walks with five strikeouts. The 38-year-old has had an up-and-down start to the season with his new team, going 2-2 with a 4.11 ERA, a 9.98 K/9 rate, and a 5.28 BB/9 rate in five starts. He will look to rebound in his next start in a tougher matchup against the Phillies.

    Apr 24 · Source via San Diego Padres Michael King
  • Robert Suarez Notches Eighth Save Monday

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    San Diego Padres closer Robert Suarez moved to a perfect 8-for-8 in save opportunities in Monday's 3-1 win over the Rockies. Suarez came in to pitch the bottom of the ninth inning up by two. He allowed a leadoff double, got the first out on a flyout, allowed a single, and got the final two outs on a ground-ball double play. Despite several off-season bullpen acquisitions, the 33-year-old has emerged as one of fantasy's top closers for the Padres with a 0.84 ERA and a 7.59 K/9 rate.

    Apr 23 · Source via Closers San Diego Padres Robert Suarez
  • Dylan Cease Solid Again In Monday Win

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    San Diego Padres starting pitcher Dylan Cease turned in another stellar start in Monday's 3-1 win over the Rockies. Cease pitched very well in Coors Field, tossing seven innings of one-run ball on one hit and no walks with eight strikeouts. The 28-year-old has settled in with his new team nicely, going 3-1 with a 1.82 ERA, 10.62 K/9 rate, and 3.34 BB/9 rate in his first five starts. He will face a tougher matchup in his next start against the Phillies.

    Apr 23 · Source via San Diego Padres Dylan Cease
  • Jakob Marsee Struggling At Double-A

    San Diego Padres outfield prospect Jakob Marsee went 0-for-4 on Sunday for Double-A San Antonio, bringing his season batting average down to .138. So far, the reigning Arizona Fall League MVP has failed to carry over the success he had last fall into 2024, with just one home run, four RBI, and nine runs scored over 15 games. On the bright side, he has worked 12 walks and stolen eight bases thus far, which were two of his calling cards during his tenure in the minors over the last two seasons. In 2022, Marsee had a BB:K of 30:25 and 15 steals in 31 games, while in 2023 he had a BB:K of 98:97 and 46 steals in 129 games. The 22-year-old has an ETA of 2024 per MLB.com's top prospect list, but he'll need to pick up the pace for that to happen, especially with no Triple-A at-bats to his name yet.

    Apr 23 · Source via Prospects San Diego Padres Jakob Marsee
  • Manny Machado Placed On Paternity List

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    San Diego Padres third baseman Manny Machado has been placed on the paternity list on Monday. The superstar infielder will be away from the team for one to three days due to personal matters. In a corresponding move, infielder Matthew Batten has been recalled from Triple-A El Paso. Batten will take over the active spot on the roster and figures to play in a few games until Machado returns. Eguy Rosario is starting at third base and is hitting seventh on Monday against the Colorado Rockies and left-hander Austin Gomber.

    Apr 22 · Source via San Diego Padres Manny Machado Eguy Rosario
  • Fernando Tatis Jr. Hitless In Sunday's Win

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    San Diego Padres outfielder Fernando Tatis Jr. went 0-for-4 with a walk in Sunday's 6-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. Tatis went 1-for-12 with one homer, two walks, and three strikeouts against the Blue Jays over the weekend. The 25-year-old is slashing .261/.343/.478 with six homers, 15 RBI, 16 runs, and three stole bases over 105 plate appearances in 2024. With a four-game series starting Monday versus the Colorado Rockies, each game has a favorable matchup rating for the Padres outfielder. Despite struggling against the Jays this past weekend, fantasy managers should continue to start Tatis in all league formats.

    Apr 22 · Source via San Diego Padres Fernando Tatis Jr.
  • Jake Cronenworth Returning On Friday

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    San Diego Padres first baseman Jake Cronenworth (calf) has returned to the starting lineup ahead of Friday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays. The 30-year-old has missed each of the last two games due to a minor right-calf issue. However, Cronenworth will be back in there at first base and batting third against right-hander Yariel Rodriguez on Friday. Fantasy managers should make sure to get Cronenworth back in their lineups.

    Apr 19 · Source via San Diego Padres Jake Cronenworth
  • Padres Place Yu Darvish On Injured List

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    The Padres announced Wednesday that they've placed righty Yu Darvish on the 15-day injured list due to a tightness in his neck and recalled right-handed reliever Logan Gillaspie from Triple-A El Paso in his place. Darvish's IL placement is retroactive to April 15. Darvish had been slated to take the ball for San Diego on...

    Apr 17 · MLB Trade Rumors San Diego Padres Yu Darvish Logan Gillaspie
  • Michael King Strikes Out 10 Batters

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    San Diego Padres starting pitcher Michael King looked excellent during Wednesday's game against the Milwaukee Brewers. The right-hander took a tough loss after allowing one run and two hits over 7 2/3 innings of work. It was an 109-pitch game for King who struck out 10 batters over the course of the afternoon. After this outing, King holds a 2-1 record with a 3.33 ERA across four games.

    Apr 17 · Source via San Diego Padres Michael King
  • Yu Darvish Placed On 15-Day Injured List

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    The San Diego Padres placed right-hander Yu Darvish (neck) on the 15-day injured list (retroactive to April 15) with neck tightness on Wednesday and recalled right-hander Logan Gillaspie from Triple-A El Paso in a corresponding move. It's unclear as of now if Darvish has a realistic chance to return from the IL when he's eligible on April 30, but the 37-year-old will miss at least the next couple of weeks. San Diego's starting pitching depth will be tested in the season's first month, and it's not clear yet who the main candidates are to take Darvish's spot. In his first five starts of 2024, Darvish had posted a 4.18 ERA (3.88 FIP) and 1.27 WHIP with 10 walks and 22 strikeouts in 23 2/3 innings pitched. Keep the five-time All-Star stashed in an IL spot for now in fantasy leagues.

    Apr 17 · Source via San Diego Padres Yu Darvish
  • Ha-Seong Kim Goes Yard

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    San Diego Padres shortstop Ha-Seong Kim went 1-for-3 with a walk in Tuesday's victory against the Milwaukee Brewers. Kim blasted a three-run homer off Wade Miley as part of a four-run first inning and that would be enough for the Padres to secure a 6-3 victory. The homer was his third of the season and he has now driven in 12 runs to go along with four stolen bases. Kim's .225 batting average isn't ideal at the moment, but he has helped out in all other categories. Kim should remain rostered in all formats with his ability to help across the board.

    Apr 17 · Source via San Diego Padres Ha-Seong Kim
  • Guardians To Acquire Pedro Avila

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    The Guardians are acquiring right-hander Pedro Avila from the Padres, reports Daniel Álvarez-Montes of El Extrabase (on X). San Diego had designated Avila for assignment last week. Avila has had a tough start to the 2024 campaign. The Venezuelan-born pitcher has allowed eight runs in as many innings over his first four appearances. Avila has fanned...

    Apr 17 · MLB Trade Rumors San Diego Padres Cleveland Guardians Pedro Avila
  • Ha-Seong Kim Hits Three-Run Homer Tuesday

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    San Diego Padres middle infielder Ha-Seong Kim got the game started in Tuesday's 6-3 win against the Brewers. Kim went 1-for-3 with a first-inning three-run home run and a walk. The 28-year-old has provided a bit of everything except hit for average, slashing .225/.341/.451 with three HR, 12 runs scored, 12 RBI, and four stolen bases in 86 plate appearances. Hopefully, his average will come around, but he is still offering fantasy value at this time.

    Apr 17 · Source via San Diego Padres Ha-Seong Kim
  • Jake Cronenworth Out Of Lineup Tuesday

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    San Diego Padres first baseman Jake Cronenworth (calf) is not in the lineup on Tuesday against the Milwaukee Brewers after being pulled from Monday's 7-3 win with calf tightness late in the game. The San Diego Union-Tribune's Kevin Acee points out that the Padres recalled infielder Matthew Batten from Triple-A El Paso on Tuesday, which presumably means that Cronenworth will miss some time with his injury. However, he hasn't officially been placed on the injured list, so it could just be a day-to-day situation for now. Jurickson Profar is handling first base and batting third on Tuesday, while Jose Azocar is in left field and batting ninth against Brewers left-hander Wade Miley. Profar is hitting .417 with an RBI in 12 career at-bats against Miley, while Azocar has gone hitless versus the soft-tossing lefty in four career ABs.

    Apr 16 · Source via San Diego Padres Jake Cronenworth
  • Jake Cronenworth Dealing With Calf Tightness

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    San Diego Padres first baseman Jake Cronenworth (calf) felt tightness in his calf while trying to beat out a ground ball in the eighth inning in Monday's 7-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers. He played first base in the bottom of the eighth frame before being replaced at first base by Brett Sullivan in the ninth inning. "Too early to tell," manager Mike Shildt said about Cronenworth's injury. He went 0-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored in the game before departing early. The 30-year-old left-handed hitter should be considered day-to-day for now, while fantasy managers should check back on Tuesday to see if there's an update on his condition and whether he'll be in the starting lineup. Cronenworth entered the week hitting .265 (18-for-68) with three homers and 14 RBI on the year in 18 games played.

    Apr 16 · Source via San Diego Padres Jake Cronenworth
  • Robert Suarez Earns One-Out Save Monday

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    San Diego Padres closer Robert Suarez notched his sixth save of the season in Monday's 7-3 win over the Brewers. Suarez came in to pitch the bottom of the ninth inning up by four with two outs and runners on first and second. He allowed a single to load the bases but ended the game with a flyout. The 33-year-old has been excellent this season pitching at the end of games, converting all of his save opportunities with a 1.04 ERA, eight strikeouts, and four walks in 8 2/3 innings pitched. After much debate on how the Padres would handle saves this season, it seems pretty clear that Suarez is their top option.

    Apr 16 · Source via Closers San Diego Padres Robert Suarez
  • Jackson Merrill Collects Three Hits, Stolen Base Monday

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    San Diego Padres outfielder Jackson Merrill had another productive offensive game in Monday's 7-3 win over the Brewers. Merrill went 3-for-5 with three singles and a stolen base. The 20-year-old has made an excellent first impression in the big leagues, slashing .356/.433/.441 with one home run, 12 runs scored, seven RBI, and three stolen bases in 67 plate appearances. He is currently rostered in just 59% of leagues and is worth a look in all leagues at this time.

    Apr 16 · Source via Prospects San Diego Padres Jackson Merrill
  • Padres Sign Donovan Solano To Minor League Deal

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    The Padres have signed veteran infielder Donovan Solano to a minor league deal, per Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune. Solano will report to the club's Arizona facilities for now but will presumably move to a higher affiliate after getting in a delayed Spring Training of sorts. Solano, 36, has somewhat quietly been a...

    Apr 15 · MLB Trade Rumors San Diego Padres Donovan Solano
  • Luis Campusano Out Of Lineup On Saturday

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    San Diego Padres catcher Luis Campusano is out of the lineup on Saturday in the Padres matchup against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Kyle Higashioka will be starting in his place. Campusano has been the starting catcher in six of the Padres last seven games so this is likely just a rest day for the 25-year-old. Expect Campusano to be back out in the starting lineup on Saturday against Dodgers' left-hander James Paxton. Campusano hit lefties well last season, putting up a 1.114 OPS in 47 PA.

    Apr 13 · Source via San Diego Padres Luis Campusano
  • Xander Bogaerts Out Of Lineup Saturday

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    San Diego Padres second baseman Xander Bogaerts is out of the lineup on Saturday. There's no current indication that this is anything more than a rest day for the 31-year-old. A day off may not be a bad thing for Bogaerts, who's started out sluggish this season with just a .219 batting average and only one HR. Tyler Wade will get the start at second base in Bogaerts' place, sliding over from third base where he has been playing in most of his starts this season. Eguy Rosario will start at third base for the Padres with Manny Machado at DH. Expect Bogaerts to return back to the lineup in Sunday's matchup against the Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander James Paxton.

    Apr 13 · Source via San Diego Padres Xander Bogaerts
  • Padres Designate Pedro Avila For Assignment

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    The Padres announced that they have recalled left-hander Adrián Morejón from Triple-A El Paso, with right-hander Pedro Avila designated for assignment in a corresponding move. Avila, now 27, has bounced on and off the Padres' roster over the years. Initially acquired from the Nationals in the 2016 trade that sent Derek Norris to Washington, Avila...

    Apr 12 · MLB Trade Rumors San Diego Padres Pedro Avila
  • Dylan Cease Stymies Cubs In Win

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    San Diego Padres starting pitcher Dylan Cease blanked a red-hot Chicago Cubs offense in Wednesday's 10-2 victory, firing six strong innings on two hits and two walks with seven strikeouts for a win. The Cubs entered the day second in baseball with 71 runs scored, but Cease was up for the challenge on Wednesday. Since Christopher Morel reached on Ha-Seong Kim's fielding error in the fourth inning, Michael Busch's two-run home run represented two unearned runs on Cease's ledger. The 28-year-old right-hander looks to be getting more comfortable after landing in San Diego in March, registering a 2.16 ERA, 0.84 WHIP, and 20:6 K:BB over his first 16 2/3 innings (three starts) of the campaign. His next start is lined for a potential pitching duel with right-hander Freddy Peralta next Tuesday against the hot-hitting Milwaukee Brewers. Cease threw seven two-run innings in his lone start against Milwaukee in 2023.

    Apr 11 · Source via San Diego Padres Dylan Cease
  • Padres Send Graham Pauley Down

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    The San Diego Padres optioned infielder Graham Pauley to Triple-A El Paso on Tuesday and recalled catcher Brett Sullivan from El Paso in a corresponding move. Tyler Wade has taken most of the playing time in San Diego at the hot corner to open the season with Manny Machado still recovering from last year's elbow surgery, as the 23-year-old Pauley has been afforded only 15 plate appearances. In those 15 trips to the plate, the former 13th-round selection in 2022 out of Duke has just two hits, although one of them went for a home run. Meanwhile, he hasn't drawn a walk and has struck out seven times in his first seven MLB games. Sending Pauley down will allow him to get regular at-bats on the farm for when he's needed next in San Diego. Sullivan will give the Friars more catching depth for the time being behind Luis Campusano and Kyle Higashioka.

    Apr 9 · Source via San Diego Padres Graham Pauley
  • Fernando Tatis Jr. Hits Fourth Homer In Comeback Win

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    San Diego Padres outfielder Fernando Tatis Jr. had himself a good day at the plate on Monday against the Chicago Cubs. The victory was a historic game for the Padres, as they were down 8-0 at one point during the game, and came back to win the game 9-8. The comeback victory was completed by Tatis' two-run home run in the eighth inning off of Cubs reliever Adbert Alzolay. For the season thus far, Tatis owns a triple slash line of .286/.352/.551 with four home runs and two stolen bases, good for an elite OPS of .903. Look for Tatis to continue his elite power and speed production from a thin outfielder position.

    Apr 9 · Source via San Diego Padres Fernando Tatis Jr.
  • Ethan Salas Swipes Second Stolen Base

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    San Diego Padres catcher prospect Ethan Salas went 1-for-4 with a stolen base for High-A Fort Wayne on Sunday. The stolen base was his second on the young season and Salas also threw out an attempted base stealer on defense. The 17-year-old phenom saw limited action in the Cactus League, but was eventually reassigned. Despite being in High-A, Salas remains one of the top prospects in all of baseball and should be universally rostered in dynasty leagues. Those in redraft leagues can avoid Salas this season, but file his name away as he could come quicker than expected in the next couple of seasons.

    Apr 8 · Source via Prospects San Diego Padres Ethan Salas
  • No Timetable For Manny Machado To Return To Third Base

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    San Diego Padres third baseman Manny Machado (elbow) said there is no definitive target date for his return to being 100 percent recovered from offseason elbow surgery. It's been 220 days he last played third base in a game and 187 days since the extensor tendon in his right elbow was fixed. Manager Mike Shildt said the end of April was a "loose" goal, but "there's not really a timetable on it," Machado said. The All-Star third baseman said his shoulder isn't 100 percent, and he entered Sunday's finale against the Giants hitting just .190 with a .673 OPS. The 31-year-old has been told by doctors that he might not feel 100 percent until next year. Fantasy managers shouldn't panic yet, but it's fair to wonder if Machado's slow start this year at the plate is related to his elbow injury.

    Apr 8 · Source via San Diego Padres Manny Machado
  • Jackson Merrill Collects Four Hits

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    San Diego Padres outfielder Jackson Merrill put together a solid day at the plate during Sunday's game against the San Francisco Giants. The young slugger went 4-for-4 at the plate during Sunday's loss. All of the hits were singles, but Merrill is not known as a power hitter. He makes hard contact but isn't a home run hitter. He could be a useful fantasy asset for his ability to get on base.

    Apr 7 · Source via Prospects San Diego Padres Jackson Merrill
  • Michael King Earns Second Win Saturday

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    San Diego Padres starting pitcher Michael King cruised to his second win of the season on Saturday in a 4-0 win over the Giants. Jurickson Profar staked him four runs in the top of the first inning with a grand slam, then King went seven strong innings allowing just four hits and one walk while striking out four. It was certainly cleaner than his last outing in which he also faced the Giants, when the 28-year-old lasted just four innings and walked seven batters. King came over from the Yankees in the offseason and was somewhat of a sleeper pick in fantasy drafts after posting some great numbers as a starter down the stretch in 2023, twirling a 2.23 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and a 25.8% K-BB% over 40 1/3 IP. Hopefully this start gets him back on track for 2024 and the command issues are behind him.

    Apr 7 · Source via San Diego Padres Michael King
  • Manny Machado Ahead Of Schedule, Weeks Away From Playing Third Base

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    San Diego Padres third baseman Manny Machado is ahead of schedule but weeks away from returning to the field. Recently, Machado threw from further distances and came out feeling good. At minimum, he is still weeks away from playing the field. In the short term, continue to expect Machado to get at-bats every day as San Diego's primary designated hitter as he continues to recover and rehab his elbow injury. Machado is off to a slow start this season, slashing .184/.295/.395 with two home runs, seven RBI, and several runs scored over 44 plate appearances. Despite the slow start, fantasy managers should continue to roll with Machado in all league formats.

    Apr 6 · Source via San Diego Padres Manny Machado
  • Dylan Cease Looking For First Padres Win Friday

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    San Diego Padres right-hander Dylan Cease is in search of his first win as a member of the club when he takes on the rival Giants on the road. The former White Sox ace surrendered three runs (two earned) on two hits and two walks against six strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings in his Padres debut against the very same Giants on March 30, taking the loss in the process. The 28-year-old endured a down 2023 season after finishing second in AL Cy Young voting in 2022, tossing a 4.58 ERA across a career-high 33 starts. He should be able to bounce back if his 3.87 ERA ATC projection holds but he also has a history of control issues as evidenced by his 10.4% career BB%, putting a cap on his fantasy value.

    Apr 5 · Source via San Diego Padres Dylan Cease
  • Padres Tried To Trade For Luis Arraez, Jesus Luzardo

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    A year after spending north of $400MM in free agency, the Padres spent a total of $50MM on free agents this offseason, adding just $9.35MM to the 2024 payroll. Indeed, in an effort to slash the budget, president of baseball operations A. J. Preller made most of his biggest acquisitions on the trade market. The...

    Apr 4 · MLB Trade Rumors Miami Marlins San Diego Padres Luis Arraez Jesus Luzardo
  • Padres Still Considering Tommy Pham

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    The San Diego Padres are still considering signing free-agent outfielder Tommy Pham, according to the New York Post's Jon Heyman. San Diego remains linked to Pham after the two sides were reportedly close to reaching an agreement in mid-March, and the 36-year-old left fielder could supply some depth to the Padres' thin outfield. As long as the switch-hitting Jurickson Profar, who is batting .269 with an .809 OPS and three RBI covering 26 at-bats this season, is playing well, they may not be as inclined to net the veteran's services. Pham has been very productive in years past and could find his way to some fantasy relevance if he ultimately joins the Friars, however, most recently slashing .256/.328/.446 with 16 homers, 27 doubles, 68 RBI, and 22 stolen bases in 426 ABs across time with the New York Mets and Arizona Diamondbacks in 2023.

    Apr 3 · Source via San Diego Padres Tommy Pham Jurickson Profar
  • Luis Campusano Getting A Breather In Series Finale

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    San Diego Padres catcher Luis Campusano is getting the day off in the series finale against the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday. With Campusano getting the breather, Kyle Higashioka will catch right-hander Joe Musgrove and bat ninth in the order against Cardinals left-hander Zack Thompson. It's not a surprise to see Campusano starting on the bench in a day game after a night game. The 25-year-old backstop has been great so far this year in his first season as San Diego's primary catcher, going 12-for-30 (.400) with a home run, three doubles, seven RBI and five runs scored in the first seven games. Higashioka, who is known more for his work on defense behind the plate, should be avoided in DFS contests. He has never faced Thompson in his career.

    Apr 3 · Source via San Diego Padres Luis Campusano
  • Jackson Merrill Absent On Wednesday

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    San Diego Padres outfielder Jackson Merrill is on the bench to start Wednesday's contest against the St. Louis Cardinals and left-hander Zack Thompson. The 20-year-old has been logging everyday reps in center field for the Friars to begin the 2024 season and has gone 6-for-25 (.240) with one homer, a pair of doubles, and two walks against six strikeouts across 27 trips to the plate. Merrill earned a spot on the Opening Day roster to begin the 2024 season despite not having played a game above Double-A where he hit .273 with five homers, five steals, and a .782 OPS across 46 games in the 2023 campaign.

    Apr 3 · Source via Prospects San Diego Padres Jackson Merrill
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