Results tagged ‘ Padres ’

Astros could enter mix for Hamels

The Astros are reportedly being considered a “sleeper team” in trade talks regarding the Phillies’ Cole Hamels, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.

The Cubs, Red Sox, Dodgers, Padres, Rangers and Giants have all been linked to Hamels this offseason, though Cafardo believes the Astros could swoop in and make a push to work out a deal with the Phils. That said, Hamels does have a no-trade list and it’s unclear at this point whether or not the Astros are on it.

Either way, there is speculation that Hamels might be willing to waive his no-trade clause for any of the aforementioned teams, if said team agrees to pick up his $20 million club option for 2019. He’s currently owed $90 million over the next four seasons before that option year comes into play.

The Giants’ interest likely depends on whether or not they’re able to sign James Shields, while the Cubs could fall out of the race as well after signing top free agent starter Jon Lester last week. The Red Sox and Dodgers are widely believed to still be the frontrunners for Hamels, but it appears they may have more competition than initially expected.

— Paul Casella

Report: Padres make offer to Morrow

Free-agent right-hander Brandon Morrow has received offers to be both a starter and a reliever, though he prefers to the first option, according to FoxSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal.

One of the teams making an offer is the Padres, though Rosenthal didn’t specify what role the club sees for the 30-year-old. Either way, the one-year deal is apparently “incentive-laden.”

Morrow, the fifth overall pick in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, has split time between the rotation and the bullpen over eight big league seasons for the Mariners and Blue Jays. He also has battled numerous injuries, reaching his high of 179 1/3 innings over 30 starts for Toronto in 2011. Last year he posted a 5.67 ERA across only 33 1/3 innings, making six starts out of 13 appearances and missing about four months with a torn tendon sheath in his right index finger.

— Andrew Simon

Kemp on the move as Dodgers, Padres pull off blockbuster

The Padres and Dodgers pulled off a blockbuster trade on the final day of the Winter Meetings.

Matt Kemp is going to San Diego along with catcher Tim Federowicz and the Dodgers are getting catcher Yasmani Grandal, pitcher Joe Wieland and a Minor League pitcher, believed to be Zach Eflin, a source told MLB.com’s Corey Brock.

Neither club has commented on the proposed trade.

The deal was first reported by USA Today, which added the Dodgers would send the Padres roughly $31 million of the remaining $107 million on Kemp’s contract. The deal needs the approval of the Commissioner’s Office because money is being exchanged. The players also need to take physical exams.

It’s not certain if this is part of a three-way deal. Still, it’s clear the Padres have made a major upgrade to their offense. Kemp, 30, is a two-time All-Star coming off a bounceback season. He hit .287 with 25 home runs and 38 doubles over 150 games in 2014, after missing 89 games in ’13 due to a number of injuries.

The Dodgers had been looking for a catcher to pair with incumbent A.J. Ellis, and it appears Grandal is their man. This season, Grandal hit .225 with 15 homers and 19 doubles over 128 games (76 as a catcher). He can also play first base.

Weiland, 24, returned from Tommy John elbow surgery this season and appeared in four games. Eflin, 20, was the 33rd overall pick in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft.

Federowicz figures to backup Rene Rivera.

–Austin Laymance

Rockies among the teams interested in Gee

The Rockies are the latest team to be mentioned as a potential landing spot for Mets right-hander Dillon Gee, according to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal. The Rangers, Padres, Twins, Giants, and Royals have all also been linked to Gee.

It’s no secret that Colorado is in pursuit of some much-needed pitching help after its staff suffered numerous injuries this past season en route to compiling a Major League-worst 4.84 ERA. Aside from left-handers Jorge De La Rosa and Tyler Matzek, the Rockies starting rotation is currently filled with question marks.

Former staff ace Jhoulys Chacin (rotator cuff fraying) has an uncertain future, while right-handers Jordan Lyles and Christian Bergman both suffered broken left hands in freak incidents last season. Making matters worse, right-handed prospect Eddie Butler suffered a rotator cuff strain in his big league debut and 2013 first-round pick Jon Gray was hampered by right biceps tendinitis throughout his first full professional season.

The 28-year-old Gee posted a 4.00 ERA over 137 1/3 innings in 22 starts this past season for the Mets, but would come with two more years of arbitration eligibility.

— Paul Casella

Braves getting plenty of calls on J. Upton, Gattis

The Braves are continuing to receive calls from a number of teams regarding both outfielder Justin Upton and catcher/outfielder Evan Gattis, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

The report indicates that the Giants, Rangers, Royals and Padres are interested in both players, while the Mariners have been in contact solely about Upton.

Given the apparent market interest, coupled with the Braves’ willingness to move Upton, it seems inevitable that Upton will be moved somewhere this offseason. Though Atlanta already traded away outfielder Jason Heyward earlier this offseason, they were still interested in finding a new home for Upton even before signing fellow outfielder Nick Markakis last week.

The Padres have been closely linked to Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp, but they could turn their focus toward Upton or Gattis if those talks fall through. The Rangers and Mariners, meanwhile, were interested in Kemp initially, but are reportedly no longer part of those discussions.

— Paul Casella

Drew garnering broad interest

Free agent shortstop Stephen Drew is drawing varying amounts of interest from at least 10 teams, according to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman.

The list of teams that have tossed around the idea of signing Drew reportedly includes the Yankees, Mets, Astros, A’s, Braves, Padres, Dodgers, Blue Jays, Nationals and Marlins. The lack of shortstop depth on the free agent market this offseason has certainly played a part in the vast amount of interested teams.

Despite his struggles this past season, Drew is garnering significantly more interest this offseason than he did a year ago due to the fact that he is not tied to a compensatory draft pick this time around. He went unsigned last winter after rejecting a qualifying offer from the Red Sox before ultimately returning to Boston in late May.

— Paul Casella

Dodgers getting calls about all outfielders, refute Gordon rumors

Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi addressed a number of rumors surrounding his club on Tuesday, denying a report that the club is shopping shortstop Dee Gordon while also adding that a Matt Kemp deal is not imminent.

Reports surfaced on Tuesday that the Dodgers were making Gordon available, but Zaidi firmly denied such rumors.

“He’s a cost-controlled, All-Star second baseman that teams would have four more years of control, a tremendous player, and anybody like that, teams ask for,” Zaidi said. “We’re not dangling him. Like I said, he is our second baseman.”

As for Kemp, Zaidi said the reports that a deal being close with the Padres is “not true.” He acknowledged that the Dodgers are continuing to field offers and negotiate, but added that the Dodgers have actually received multiple inquiries on all of their main outfielders — a list that would seem to include Kemp, Andre Ethier and Carl Crawford,  as well as Scott Van Slyke, Joc Pederson and Yasiel Puig, though there is zero indication that Puig has ever been available.

Zaidi did not put a timetable on any potential deals and suggested the club could leave this week’s Winter Meetings without any clarity on its outfield situation.

Regardless, in addition to their need to move an outfielder, the Dodgers are still in the market for at least a shortstop and another starting pitcher. With Jon Lester reportedly choosing to sign with the Cubs, the Dodgers could now turn their focus — and the potential money saved on Lester — toward addressing some of those needs.

— Paul Casella

Orioles, Mariners and Rangers all out on Kemp

The Orioles, Mariners and Rangers are all reportedly out of the running to land Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp, according to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman.

All three clubs had emerged as potential landing spots for Kemp in recent weeks, but it now appears that the Dodgers are intent on finalizing a deal with the Padres. Heyman goes as far as to say it might be “Padres or bust” when it comes to dealing Kemp this offseason.

Earlier reports from FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal on Tuesday indicated that the Padres and Dodgers were “getting closer” to reaching a deal. The ongoing negotiations seem to involve who exactly the Padres would pair with catcher Yasmani Grandal in exchange for Kemp. Top pitching prospect Matt Wisler is not expected to be included in any deal, but fellow prospects Joe Ross and Zach Eflin have each been mentioned as possible pieces to a potential deal.

— Paul Casella

Dodgers, Padres “getting closer” on Kemp deal

The Padres and Dodgers are reportedly “working hard” to complete a deal that would send outfielder Matt Kemp to San Diego, according to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal.

The Padres have emerged as the favorite to land Kemp in recent days, though a number of other teams remain interested in a potential trade for the Dodgers slugger. As for the potential return package, Rosenthal reports that the Dodgers want another strong piece — possibly Padres top pitching prospect Matthew Wisler — in addition to catcher Yasmani Grandal.

Though it could be considered a steep price, the Padres have plenty of organizational catching depth and could be willing to part with a young pitcher in order to upgrade their offense. It’s no secret that improving upon their league-worst offense from 2014 was the Padres’ main goal this offseason.

After already missing out on free agents Pablo Sandoval and Yasmany Tomas, the Padres seem intent on not letting Kemp get away. The Mariners, Rangers and Orioles have also been linked to Kemp recently, but the Dodgers — as of right now — appear to be focused on trying to work out a deal with the Padres.

— Paul Casella

Upton rumors heating up

The Braves are continuing to field offers for outfielder Justin Upton, with the Orioles, Rangers and Padres among the teams showing interest, according to MLB.com’s Mark Bowman.

The Mariners could also enter the picture if they end up not signing free agent oufielder Melky Cabrera, according to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, though they would be unlikely to give up a “top young pitcher” for a one-year rental such as Upton.

It’s unclear how far talks have gotten with any of the aforementioned teams, but the Braves are not believed to have received a substantial offer yet. While nothing seems imminent, an Upton trade would certainly make sense, especially after the Braves signed free agent outfielder Nick Markakis to a four-year deal last week.

Upton is owed $14.5 million next season, the final year in his current contract. With the Braves currently hovering around a rebuilding state, they’ll likely try to get what they can for Upton this offseason as opposed to letting him walk away next year and getting nothing in return.

— Paul Casella

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 814 other followers