Player News - Padres

Date: Team: Pos:

Padres designated C Rocky Gale for assignment.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Padres claimed RHP Rowan Wick off waivers from the Cardinals.

The reliever had been designated for assignment earlier this week. A former outfielder, Wick held a 3.19 ERA and 42/19 K/BB ratio over 42 1/3 innings across three levels in the minors last season.
Feb 16 - 2:56 PM

Allen Cordoba suffered a concussion in his car accident last week.

The young infielder will be held out of activities at Padres camp in Arizona until he is completely symptom-free. This should not affect Cordoba's readiness for the beginning of the 2018 regular season.
Feb 15 - 10:34 AM

Padres signed C A.J. Ellis to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Ellis is familiar with the NL West, as he spent the first eight-plus years of his career with the Dodgers, most of them as their starting catcher. He was the backup catcher in Miami last season and struggled to a .210/.298/.371 batting line with six homers in his 51 games. Recent reports indicate that San Diego wants Luis Torrens to spend most of the year in the minor leagues, so Ellis will battle Rocky Gale for the right to back up Austin Hedges leading into 2018.
Feb 14 - 10:50 PM

Cardinals designated RHP Rowan Wick for assignment.

The move opens a 40-man roster spot for Bud Norris, who was officially signed to a one-year, $3 million contract on Wednesday morning. Wick, originally drafted as a catcher in the ninth round in 2012, put up a 3.19 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and 42/19 K/BB ratio over 42 1/3 innings of relief last season in the Cardinals' minor league system. He finished the year at Triple-A Memphis.
Feb 14 - 10:29 AM

Allen Cordoba will be slowed at the start of camp after a minor car accident a few days ago.

It doesn't sound like anything serious, but the Padres want him to take it easy. Cordoba, 22, posted a weak .208/.282/.297 batting line over 227 plate appearances as a rookie in 2017. He'll try to win a bench job in the spring.
Feb 13 - 3:36 PM


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