Reportes: Hosmer y Padres logran millonario pacto por 8 años

Por The Associated Press Updated 9:02 am, Sunday, February 18, 2018 Photo: Charlie Riedel, AP Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 ARCHIVO - En imagen de archivo del 30 de junio de 2017, Eric Hosmer pega un jonrón de tres carreras por los Reales de Kansas City en el cuarto inning del partido frente a los Mellizos de Minnesota, en Kansas City, Missouri. (AP Foto/Charlie Riedel, archivo) less ARCHIVO - En imagen de archivo del 30 de junio de 2017, Eric Hosmer pega un jonrón de tres carreras por los Reales de Kansas City en el cuarto inning del partido frente a los Mellizos de Minnesota, en Kansas ... more Photo: Charlie Riedel, AP Reportes: Hosmer y Padres logran millonario pacto por 8 años 1 / 1 Back to Gallery El agente libre Eric Hosmer pactó un contrato con los Padres de San Diego por ocho años y 144 millones de dólares, de acuerdo con reportes. La temporada pasada, el primera base de 28 años registró el mejor promedio de bateo de su carrera con .318 e igualó su mayor cifra de cuadrangulares _lograda la campaña previa_ con 25 jonrones, remolcó 94 carreras y anotó 98 para los Reales de Kansas City. También se apuntó el mejor porcentaje de bateo con hombres en base de su carrera con .385. Hosmer, poseedor de dos guantes de oro, estaba entre los mejores agentes libres del periodo entre campañas que seguían sin firmar rumbo al inicio de los entrenamientos de primavera. El abridor japonés Yu Darvish firmó con los Cachorros de Chicago a principios de este mes, pero Jake Arrieta y el jardinero J.D. Martinez permanecen sin contrato. El acuerdo de Hosmer fue reportado primero por el diario San Diego Union-Tribune. El primera base es la más reciente adquisición de los Padres tras la temporada Continue Reading

Baseball America’s top-31 Padres prospects

For a franchise perpetually stuck in rebuild mode since selling off the pieces of his 1998 World Series run, the Padres’ “tomorrow” never felt closer than it does today.The organization’s farm system ranks third in the newly-printed 2018 edition of Baseball America’s “Prospect Handbook.” Ten of the organization’s top 31 prospects, as outlined in the book, will be in camp this month. Some of those names rank among the top prospects in all of baseball. A handdful project as regulars by 2021 as outlined in Baseball America’s annual guide (age as of 2021):C Austin Hedges (28)1B Wil Myers (30)2B Luis Urias (24)3B (Yangervis Solarte traded away)SS Fernando Tatis Jr. (22)LF Franchy Cordero (26)CF Manuel Margot (26)RF Hunter Renfroe (29)SP MacKenzie Gore (22)SP Michel Baez (25)SP Cal Quantrill (26)SP Dinelson Lamet (28)SP Adrian Morejon (22)Closer Anderson Espinoza (22)Then again, prospecting is … well … a crapshoot as far as who lives up to potential, who flames out and who comes out of nowhere.Still, these are names you ought to learn (if you haven’t already), accompanied by samples of Baseball America’s scouting reports, as the Padres’ rebuild mode hits its next gear (pick up your copy at or any brick-and-mortar bookstores still in your neighborhood):1 | SS Fernando Tatis Jr.: “Tatis has all the components of a middle-of-the-order shortstop, and even if he has to move to third base has more than enough bat to flourish. His mix of talent, personality and bilingualism sets him up to become the face of the Padres franchise.”2 | LHP MacKenzie Gore: “With four pitches, command and deception, many evaluators who saw Gore in his pro debut called him one of the best pitching prospects in (the) 30-year history of the Rookie-level Arizona League. Gore shares similarities with Cole Hamels at the same age, with the potential stuff and control to match.”3 | Continue Reading

Young pitching prospects knocking on Padres’ door

Cal Quantrill is officially a San Diegan, the former first-round pick having moved his home from Canada to Del Mar this offseason.Might even become a big leaguer before too long.Once again, the Padres front office – via minor league deals instead of major league guarantees – has added veteran arms like Tyson Ross and Chris Young to the free-for-all for rotation spots this spring. New to the competition, however, is the initial wave of A.J. Preller-drafted arms that have a great deal to do with the farm system ranking among the game’s strongest.While the likes of Quantrill, Eric Lauer, Joey Lucchesi and Jacob Nix — all non-roster invitees for the first time — aren’t expected to win jobs outright this spring, their first invites to big league camp is the latest signal that the future is near.“That group of guys is beating on our door to be in our starting rotation,” Padres manager Andy Green said last week at FanFest. “They are not at the front of the line when we get to the season, but they are going to be names that we're going to look at and expect to see a lot of.”To date, Green has watched from afar with great anticipation.The first Preller-acquired talent arrived in a significant way in 2017 as Manuel Margot took over center field on a full-time basis, Carlos Asuaje got his first consistent action at second base and Phil Maton joined the bullpen as the first arrival from the 2015 draft class.As far as rotation help goes, inherited right-hander Dinelson Lamet joined the big league team last year as the top arms from the 2016 draft class – collegians in Quantrill, Lauer and Lucchesi – zoomed from A-ball to Double-A San Antonio in their first full year in pro ball.All three earned mid-season promotions to the Texas League after selections to the California League All-Star Game. The 22-year-old Nix, a high school third-rounder from the 2015 draft class, eventually joined that trio in San Antonio Continue Reading

Padres roster review: Matt Strahm

Sizing up the Padres’ 40-man roster, from A to Z, heading into the 2018 season. MATT STRAHMPosition: Left-handed pitcher2018 Opening Day age: 26Bats/throws: L/RHeight/weight: 6-foot-3 / 185 poundsAcquired: From the Royals in a July 2017 tradeContract status: Earned $538,900 in 2017; won’t be arbitration-eligible until 2020 at the earliestKey stats: 2-5, 5.45 ERA, 37 Ks, 22 BBs, 1.50 WHIP, .236 opponent avg., 34 2/3 innings (24 games, 3 starts)STAT TO NOTE10.9 – Strikeouts per nine innings over 251 1/3 innings in the minors, including 11.6 in 94 innings between the Royals two A-ball affiliates in 2015. For his career, Strahm has a 3.75 strikeout-to-walk ratio over parts of five minor league seasons.TRENDINGIdle – A 21st-round pick out of Neosho County Community College (Kan.) in 2012, Strahm rose from throwing 82 mph to pushing his fastball as high as 96 mph in relief in the Royals’ system. He missed all of 2013 and most of 2014 recovering from Tommy John surgery but earned his first big league call-up by July 2016. Strahm fanned 30 of the first 88 big league batters he faced to open 2017 as the Royals’ second-best prospect, according to Baseball America, only to have a torn patellar tendon in his left knee end his season in July. In fact, Strahm was on the shelf when the Padres acquired him, left-hander Travis Wood and teenage infielder Esteury Ruiz for right-handers Trevor Cahill and Brandon Maurer and left-hander Ryan Buchter. He’d allowed 10 earned runs in 11 2/3 innings in his three starts for the Royals last year, but Strahm’s stuff – a mid-90s fastball with late-riding life, mid-80s change-up and a hard curve – allowed the Padres to dream on his upside whether he landed in the rotation or bullpen.2018 OUTLOOKStrahm was expected to miss nearly four months of baseball activity after his July procedure, so he is expected to be healthy to open camp. He’s an option to compete for a role in either the Continue Reading

Controversial radio host Dan Sileo will not be involved with Padres

According to a Padres spokesperson, the team has been “assured” that its radio content for the upcoming season will not include controversial sports-talk host Dan Sileo. Sileo recently left The Mighty 1090 and, according to people familiar with the situation, likely will join Entercom, the Padres’ radio partner. The possibility exists that Sileo, in a yet-to-be-announced capacity, and Padres games will be carried on the same station. Entercom operates several stations in San Diego. They include FM 94.9, the Padres’ home last season, and Energy 97.3, a potential destination for 2018. Both sides have considered a change in format. Bob Bolinger, vice president/market manager of Entercom San Diego, did not immediately return a message seeking comment. The Padres do not have input on Entercom hires, and Sileo will not be a club employee. Per their agreement, Entercom also supplies the personnel and format for pre- and post-game shows. The Padres determine in-game content. Radio broadcasters Ted Leitner, Jesse Agler and Tony Gwynn Jr. are expected to return in 2018. Speculation — and, in some circles, outcry — about Sileo’s next job has heightened, even as Sileo has increased his activity on social media. On Thursday, Sileo joined the masses chiming in on reports that President Donald Trump slurred immigrants from certain countries, tweeting a link to a news story along with the following comment: “TELL me this is NOT FUNNY!!” Sileo, who has a history of controversial statements, faced allegations of racism, sexism and anti-Semitism in prior workplaces. Between 2012 and 2013, he was fired by three Florida radio stations, once for remarks he made on air and twice for things he tweeted. He landed with The Mighty 1090, the Padres’ former flagship station, in early 2014. “I’ve stepped on my(self) so many times in this business,” Sileo told the Union-Tribune in an interview that year. “But I Continue Reading

Hot reads: ‘MNF’ quandary if Gruden leaves; Sileo leaves Mighty 1090

Assuming that Jon Gruden will eventually be hired to coach the Oakland Raiders — as reported repeatedly by ESPN — where does that leave ESPN and “Monday Night Football?” Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch began an examination of that with a column Tuesday. He noted that while the ratings for “MNF” have slipped considerably through the years, the broadcast still remains the highest for any cable station. An average of more than 10 million people watched “MNF” this season and Deitsch believes the analyst job is “easily among the top three talent jobs at ESPN.” Deitsch wrote that he spoke to a half-dozen people on the subject and offered this blueprint: “They will examine all the NFL coaches who get fired or retire and analyze if any could step in and have a Tony Romo-like impact. (Unlikely.) They will reach out to Peyton Manning and pray he has a change a heart about broadcasting. (Very unlikely.) They will do an inventory in-house of potential candidates for either a two- or three-person booth. They will determine how high they can go on salary, which will not be close to the reported $6.5 million Gruden makes annually. “The biggest problem for ESPN,” Deitsch concluded, “is that there is no can’t-miss candidate out there at the moment.” One high-ranking executive told Deitsch: “I think Mike Tomlin would be fantastic in the studio or the booth. Philip Rivers is interesting — he can talk ball with the best of them — but I’m not sure of the entertainment factor. Bruce Arians is engaging and likable but may not be polished enough to help carry a broadcast. It’s going to be a serious challenge for them.” Arians, who retired Monday from Arizona, is the only one of three mentioned above who are currently available. Sileo out at Mighty 1090 San Diego sports talk radio host Dan Sileo is moving on from the Mighty 1090. Where? That remains Continue Reading

Padres roster review: Jordan Lyles

Sizing up the Padres’ 40-man roster, from A to Z, heading into the 2018 season. JORDAN LYLES Position: Right-handed pitcher 2018 Opening Day age: 27 Bats/throws: R/R Height/weight: 6-foot-4 / 230 pounds Acquired: Signed a minor league deal in August 2017 and re-signed via a big league deal in December 2017 Contract status: Will make $750,000 in 2018; The Padres’ hold a $3.5 million team option for 2019 against a $250,000 buyout. Key stats: 1-5, 7.75 ERA, 55 Ks, 22 BBs, 1.69 WHIP, .325 opponent avg., 69 2/3 innings (38 games, 12 starts) STAT TO NOTE 1.000 – Opponents’ OPS in five games as a starter, all after signing a minor league deal with the Padres in August. Lyles went 1-3 with a 9.39 ERA, 22 strikeouts and a 1.96 WHIP in 23 innings in San Diego’s rotation. TRENDING Down – Houston’s first-round pick in 2008 (38th overall), Lyles had worn out his welcome in Colorado by midsummer after posting a 6.94 ERA in 33 games in the Rockies’ bullpen. He started five games the previous season and boasted an intriguing arsenal – a mid-90s fastball, a hard slider, a curveball and a change-up – so the Padres signed him to a minor league deal after his release. He went 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA, 20 strikeouts and a 1.40 WHIP in five tune-up starts at Triple-A El Paso and was solid in his first September call-up start (4 1/3 IP, 2 ER) against the Dodgers. Lyles struck out six in a five-inning win the next time out before allowing 18 runs over his final 13 2/3 innings. Lyles allowed four homers over that stretch, but the Padres opted for an even longer look anyway, signing him to a big league deal for the 2018 season. 2018 OUTLOOK A free-for-all for the back of the Padres rotation was further populated by minor league deals doled out last week to veteran right-handers Tyson Ross and Chris Young. Lyles seemingly has a leg up on that sort of competition by virtue of the $1 million he’s guaranteed for 2018, but Continue Reading

Tues. 3/9 Death Notices

BROWN—Anna Marie "Nancy" (nee Coughlin). Beloved wife of the late Bernard. Devoted mother of Daniel, Bernard (deceased), Patrick and Theresa. Visiting Tuesday and Wednesday, 2-4 and 7-9:30 P.M. at the C.S. Bartholomew and Son Funeral Home, 302 Bedford Ave., Bellmore, NY. Mass of Christian Burial, Thursday, 10:15 A.M., St. Barnabas Church. Interment Long Island National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donation to the American Lung Society. AYERS—Mary Elizabeth, of the Bronx, on March 7, 2010. Beloved daughter of the late Hon. Joseph M. Callahan, NYS Supreme Court Justice. Beloved wife of the late Lawrence B. Ayers. Cherished mother of Mary Elizabeth Sacino, Lawrence, Patricia Brown, and Kevin. Loving grandma of 8, and great-grandma of 3. Friends may call CASTLE HILL FUNERAL HOME, 1528 Castle Hill Ave., Bx, NY 10462, Tuesday 3/9, 3-5 & 7-9 PM. Funeral Mass Wednesday, 9:45 A.M. St. Raymond's Church. Interment to follow Gate of Heaven Cemetery. ALBANO—Nicholas A., on March 6, 2010. Born on August 31, 1929 to Nicholas and Josephine Albano. Nick loved to travel the world and had a home and family in Argentina. He was an avid gardener. He loved the theater and to be at the beach relaxing with family and friends. Our Uncle Nick took great pleasure in life. The obvious joy he felt when with family and his compassion for others, are just two of many gifts he gave to us. He will be greatly missed. Nicholas was predeceased by his parents and sister Frances (Frank). He is survived by his dearest friend, Nino, his nieces, Maria (Robert), JoAnn (Jack) and Chelsea and his nephew, Christian (Nancy) and their children, Riley and Julia. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the Immaculate Conception Church in Tuckahoe, NY on Tuesday March 9 at 10:30 A.M. Celebration of his life to follow at Ciao’s Restaurant in Eastchester, N.Y. Donations, in Nicks memory may be made to the Calvary Hospital, Bronx, NY. Continue Reading

Padres’ Peavy wins NL Cy Young Award in unanimous vote

Jake Peavy was a unanimous winner of the NL Cy Young Award on Thursday after leading the league in wins, ERA and strikeouts - pitching's version of a Triple Crown. The San Diego Padres ace received all 32 first-place votes and finished with 160 points in balloting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Arizona sinkerballer Brandon Webb, last year's winner, was a distant runner-up with 94 points. He was listed second on 31 ballots and third on one. Peavy went 19-6 while topping the majors in ERA (2.54) and strikeouts (240) for the Padres, who came within one win of their third consecutive playoff berth. He joined Roger Clemens as the only starting pitchers to win a Cy Young Award without tossing a complete game. Clemens did it once in each league: 2001 with the New York Yankees (AL) and 2004 with Houston (NL). It was the 12th time an NL pitcher has been a unanimous choice for the honor, the first since Arizona's Randy Johnson in 2002. Peavy became the fourth San Diego pitcher to win the award, joining reliever Mark Davis (1989), Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry (1978) and lefty Randy Jones (1976). Peavy had a chance to put the Padres in the postseason - and earn his 20th win - when he started the wild-card tiebreaker against Colorado. But the 26-year-old right-hander was ineffective at Coors Field, giving up six runs and 10 hits in 6 1-3 innings. The Rockies rallied for three runs against career saves leader Trevor Hoffman in the 13th and won 9-8, then charged all the way to the World Series. Brad Penny of the Los Angeles Dodgers finished third in the voting. Cincinnati's Aaron Harang was fourth and Chicago's Carlos Zambrano came in fifth. Peavy, the National League's starter in the All-Star game, was the front-runner nearly all season. He consistently stifled opponents, allowing only 13 home runs in 34 starts. He gave up 169 hits and 68 walks in 223 1-3 innings. Webb was 18-10 with a 3.01 ERA and 194 strikeouts, pitching an NL-best 236 1-3 Continue Reading

2015 Baseball Preview – AL West: Robinson Cano, plus new additions boost Mariners

1. MARINERS (93-69) BIG PICTURE: Don’tcha know, Robbie Cano, they’ve put together a pretty darn good team around you! When Cano defected from the Yankees for the Mariners’ blow-away 10-year, $240 million offer last year, most people thought he had consigned himself to oblivion. Seattle was coming off four straight losing seasons and didn’t appear to have a whole lot of firepower in the lineup to protect him. But then third baseman Kyle Seager had a breakthrough season (25 HR, 96 RBI), Dustin Ackley had career-high home run (14) and RBI (65) totals as the everyday left fielder, and at the trading deadline GM Jack Zduriencik acquired Austin Jackson to fill voids with a righthanded-hitting leadoff man and supeb center fielder. Zduriencik followed that up this winter by signing Nelson Cruz, the major league home run leader with 40 last year, to hit cleanup behind Cano, and traded for Seth Smith and Justin Ruggiano (combined 18 HR, 76 RBI) to add further punch as a lefty-righty right field platoon. The Mariners already had stellar pitching, especially when James Paxton (6-4, 3.04 in just 13 starts due to a shoulder injury) was healthy as the No. 3 starter behind “King” Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma. WHY THEY’LL FINISH FIRST: The additions of Cruz, Smith and Ruggiano should address an offense that ranked 11th in runs and 10th in homers last year. Even without them, the M’s improved by 16 wins (87-75) in Cano’s first season in Seattle. The time is right for Cano to again be experiencing October baseball. 2015 BASEBALL PREVIEW: NL EAST | NL CENTRAL | NL WEST | AL EAST | AL CENTRAL 2. ANGELS (87-75) THE BIG PICTURE: The question is not how the defending AL West champion Angels will look at the start of the 2015 season — any team starting off with Mike Trout and Albert Pujols hitting 2-3 in the lineup, Erick Aybar playing Gold Glove/All-Star-caliber shortstop, Continue Reading