Source: Padres land big bat in Myers in 11-player swap

Friars also add catcher Hanigan, Minors pitchers, while giving up prospects to Rays, Nationals

Source: Padres land big bat in Myers in 11-player swap

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres' efforts to bolster a weak offense has led them to two very unlikely players -- a two-time National League All-Star slugger and a former American League Rookie of the Year.

Last week, the Padres agreed to a five-player trade with the Dodgers that got them Matt Kemp, though the deal has yet to be announced.

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Richard Justice

Padres go for gold in blockbuster deal for Myers

Rays, Nationals jump in trade mix with hopes of future gains

Padres go for gold in blockbuster deal for Myers

Right there at the beginning, the Rays found out Wil Myers had a chance to be special.

In just his sixth game, Myers stepped to home plate in the top of the sixth inning with the bases loaded and the Rays trailing, 3-1, at Yankee Stadium. There in front of a packed house, with the crowd roaring, he fell behind CC Sabathia, 0-2.

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Jonathan Mayo

Crowded 11-player trade features top young talent

Rays, Nats and Padres each pick up impressive haul of prospects

Crowded 11-player trade features top young talent

Was keeping track of all the moving parts in the massive three-team deal involving the Tampa Bay Rays, San Diego Padres and Washington Nationals a difficult task? To help sort things out, here's a quick scorecard of who went where:

Padres get:

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLB.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayoB3 on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Tracy Ringolsby

Preller is bold enough to shoot for the stars

Padres GM attempting to bolster weak offense with major deals for Kemp, Myers

Preller is bold enough to shoot for the stars

Padres executive vice president and general manager A.J. Preller doesn't relax.

When he was overseeing international and professional scouting for the Rangers, he was always pushing himself to find that one player everyone else missed.

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Tracy Ringolsby is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Padres sign righty Morrow to 1-year deal

Padres sign righty Morrow to 1-year deal

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres signed right-handed pitcher Brandon Morrow to a one-year contract on Tuesday. Morrow has a guaranteed deal worth $2.5 million for 2015 and can earn an additional $5 million in bonuses for starting and $1 million in bonuses for relieving.

To make room for Morrow on the 40-man roster, the Padres designated left-handed pitcher Juan Oramas for assignment.

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Source: Padres land Kemp from Dodgers

Two-time All-Star outfielder part of five-player swap that sends Grandal to Los Angeles

Source: Padres land Kemp from Dodgers

SAN DIEGO -- In the interest of accuracy, first-year Padres general manager A.J. Preller's first acquisition was left-handed Minor League pitcher Kyle Bartsch from the Royals on Nov. 20.

But in terms of significance and impact, the deal Preller struck early Thursday, landing outfielder Matt Kemp from the Dodgers as part of a five-player swap, created a much larger seismic tremor in terms of importance.

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Padres fan celebrates holidays with Gwynn decorations

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Padres fan celebrates holidays with Gwynn decorations

No one is suggesting that the holidays are a competition, but everyone has that neighbor whose decorations make them far and away the winner. This year, a Padres fan's seasonal tribute to Tony Gwynn takes the crown. 

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Front-office hopefuls aim to make dreams a reality

Job seekers set sights on internships, which could pave way to more opportunities

Front-office hopefuls aim to make dreams a reality

SAN DIEGO -- Early Thursday morning, Tyler Hadzinsky summoned the strength to cram three days worth of suits, shoes and other belongings into his suitcase and headed to the airport for a six-hour flight back to New York, where his real-world job and his real-world life awaited him.

Soon enough, Hadzinsky, 25, will be back in the office at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he's currently a financial services senior consultant. It's a job he loves, Hadzinsky said. He's compensated well, and as a West Coast transplant from California, he absolutely adores living in New York.

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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Padres, pitcher Kim don't come to deal by deadline

Padres, pitcher Kim don't come to deal by deadline

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres were unable to come to terms with Korean left-handed pitcher Kwang-Hyun Kim on a contract before Thursday's deadline.

The Padres had until 2 p.m. PT on Thursday to reach a deal with Kim, who the team would have looked at as a starting pitcher, but probably pegged better as a reliever.

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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Barry M. Bloom

Black 'comfortable' heading into final year of contract

Black 'comfortable' heading into final year of contract

SAN DIEGO -- As the Padres move forward this offseason, trying to greatly improve a team that hasn't been to the playoffs since 2006, new upper management has yet to progress on one major issue: extending manager Bud Black's contract.

Black, who has been through massive changes in ownership, management and player personnel, finishing just one game out of the postseason in 2007 and '10, is going into the final year of his deal. He has been the constant as ownership has changed from John Moores to Jeff Moorad and now to Peter and Tom Seidler. Black has also witnessed a revolving door of general managers since replacing Bruce Bochy as skipper in 2007, going from Kevin Towers to Jed Hoyer to Josh Byrnes and now to A.J. Preller.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Oh, my! Enberg wins Hall of Fame's Frick Award

Legendary broadcaster has called baseball on either side of storied national career

Oh, my! Enberg wins Hall of Fame's Frick Award

SAN DIEGO -- Dick Enberg, the iconic announcer for NBC and CBS Sports who is currently a television voice of the San Diego Padres, is the winner of the 2015 Ford C. Frick Award, the National Baseball Hall of Fame announced on Wednesday.

"This is the high point of my broadcast life today," said Enberg, his eyes red and choking back tears during a news conference at the Winter Meetings. "It's too good to be true. Especially in light of those who are so qualified to earn this Ford Frick Award. Just to make the final 10, it was such a privilege to be on that same list. How does it get any better than this, huh?"

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Southern California youth display skills at MLB RBI clinic

Southern California youth display skills at MLB RBI clinic

I'm not exactly sure who "Coach Curry" is.

But I know he is making a positive difference.

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Bill Center is a contributor to Padres.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jonathan Mayo

Rule 5 of thumb: Gems can be found in Draft

Astros' DeShields, Marlins' Garcia, Braves' Graham among prospects being mentioned

Rule 5 of thumb: Gems can be found in Draft

SAN DIEGO -- Most of the noise at this year's Winter Meetings has come in the form of trade news and rumors (Jeff Samardzija, Miguel Montero, Dee Gordon, etc.) and free-agent signings (Jon Lester). Underneath that roar, the Rule 5 buzz that typically comes was starting to hum.

While not the household names in the deals referenced above, the Astros' Delino DeShields Jr., Marlins left-hander Jarlin Garcia and Braves right-handed pitcher J.R. Graham were among the names getting the most Rule 5 attention.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLB.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayoB3 on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Padres reportedly offer deal to righty Morrow

Padres reportedly offer deal to righty Morrow

SAN DIEGO -- The Winter Meetings wrapped on Thursday, but the Padres continue to keep busy in pursuit of roster upgrades for the 2015 season.

On Friday, the team was linked to right-handed free-agent pitcher Brandon Morrow, who was the No. 5 overall Draft pick in 2006 by the Mariners.

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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Renfroe named to Fall League's Top Prospects Team

Most Valuable Player Greg Bird leads young stars following AFL season

Renfroe named to Fall League's Top Prospects Team

The Arizona Fall League on Wednesday announced its 2014 Top Prospects Team, highlighted by league Most Valuable Player Greg Bird and baseball's top prospect Byron Buxton.

The 22-man Top Prospects Team includes at least one player from 16 Major League organizations. The Fall League managers and coaches voted on the team, taking into consideration the players' performances during the fall and their projected future in the Major Leagues.

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Teddy Cahill is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @tedcahill. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

'GM for a day' part of Padres' LUNGevity auction

'GM for a day' part of Padres' LUNGevity auction

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres are auctioning off three unique items as well as experiences that will benefit LUNGevity, the largest national lung cancer-focused nonprofit.

For the third consecutive year, Major League Baseball, MLB Advanced Media, MLB Network and the 30 clubs have organized the auction that includes unprecedented baseball experiences and rare items to raise awareness and funds for cancer research.

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Amarista, Spangenberg starting hot in winter ball

Amarista, Spangenberg starting hot in winter ball

Infielders Alexi Amarista and Cory Spangenberg got off to fast starts last week as six Padres reported to Winter Leagues teams while the Latin American leagues opened the second halves of their seasons.

Spangenberg, 23, is 11-for-28 in seven games for Escogido since joining the Dominican Winter League team on Nov. 28. He has hit safely in his last eight games and has three triples and a home run for six runs scored and four RBIs. In addition to a .393 batting average, Spangenberg has a .414 on-base percentage and a .714 slugging percentage for a 1.128 OPS. Spangenberg has been playing third and left field and batting second and third in the order.

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Preller: Offseason doesn't end with Winter Meetings

Preller: Offseason doesn't end with Winter Meetings

SAN DIEGO -- The first day of the Winter Meetings was, as Padres general manger A.J. Preller termed it, "busy and hectic."

Yet, Monday came and went without a deal of any kind for the Padres, who have acknowledged they have significant offensive upgrades to acquire between now and Opening Day.

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Black expects front office will find bat or two

Talks continue with LA about Kemp; Grandal likely part of potential trade

Black expects front office will find bat or two

SAN DIEGO -- You can believe Padres manager Bud Black when he says he would like to sit down at some point this winter, put pen to paper, and begin the process of piecing together what the starting lineup might look like for Opening Day.

But it wasn't Wednesday. And, chances are, it won't be Thursday, either.

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Padres, Wieland agree to one-year deal

Padres, Wieland agree to one-year deal

The Padres have avoided arbitration with right-hander Joe Wieland as the two sides agreed Saturday to a one-year contract worth $590,000, according to ESPN. The Padres have not confirmed the signing.

Wieland, 24, has only pitched 39 innings in the Majors. He made five starts for San Diego in 2012 before undergoing Tommy John surgery. The rehab process kept Wieland off the big league mound until Sept. 6, when he made his first start in 28 months.

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If Padres get Kemp, Grandal reportedly would be in deal

If Padres get Kemp, Grandal reportedly would be in deal

SAN DIEGO -- Could the Padres' push to get a big bat this offseason be gaining steam?

The team has previously been linked to Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp, and on Thursday, FOXSports.com reported that if there was such a deal, Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal would likely be a part of it.

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Prep shortstop Rodgers leads 2015 Draft class

Duke's Matuella, 2014 top pick Aiken follow Florida high school infielder on Top 50 list

Prep shortstop Rodgers leads 2015 Draft class

For the second time in their history, the Arizona Diamondbacks own the top pick in the First-Year Player Draft. The first time that happened, in 2005, they took a high school shortstop with a potent bat.

Ten years after grabbing Justin Upton, the D-backs could follow a similar path. Lake Mary (Fla.) High School shortstop Brendan Rodgers sits atop MLBPipeline.com's initial Draft Top 50 rankings, thanks to his three plus tools (bat, power, arm) complemented by two solid ones (speed, defense). Unlike Upton, who immediately moved to the outfield as a professional, Rodgers should remain at shortstop.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com and writes a blog, Callis' Corner. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Padres complete deal with infielder Barmes

Veteran expects to play reserve role, serve as mentor to younger players

Padres complete deal with infielder Barmes

SAN DIEGO -- After playing the last three seasons with the Pirates, veteran infielder Clint Barmes said he would have gladly returned for a fourth year in 2015.

"I knew Pittsburgh was interested in bringing me back, and it's been great there the last three years, the relationships I've built that makes it tough to leave," Barmes said.

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Determined Vincent never gave up on dream

Padres reliever was nearly cut from his junior college team

Determined Vincent never gave up on dream

Nick Vincent is the perfect example of the power of perseverance -- plus a wipeout pitch.

"When I was in high school, I was nothing special," the Padres right-handed setup man said recently. "I was 5-foot-10 and 135 pounds. My fastball topped out at 83-85 miles an hour. I threw to contact."

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Supporting Padres' decisions on Kotsay, Cabrera

Supporting Padres' decisions on Kotsay, Cabrera

Editors Note: Bill Center, longtime sportswriter for U-T San Diego, is an employee of the Padres.

I expected one of the moves the Padres made this week.

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Padres non-tender shortstop Cabrera

Former All-Star not expected back, leaving hole in San Diego infield

Padres non-tender shortstop Cabrera

SAN DIEGO -- In a somewhat surprising move, the Padres non-tendered shortstop Everth Cabrera on Tuesday, likely signaling the end of his six-year career with the organization.

The 28-year-old Cabrera, the team's All-Star representative in 2013, becomes a free agent.

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Padres tab Kotsay as new hitting coach

One year after retirement, 17-year veteran joins Black's staff

Padres tab Kotsay as new hitting coach

SAN DIEGO -- Mark Kotsay gave his special assistant to the general manager job with the Padres a year, soaking in various aspects of the baseball operations and player development department, sitting in on Draft meetings, scouting players and watching the team's Minor League affiliates.

And at the end of it all, Kotsay determined that his first full season out of uniform -- he retired after the 2013 season -- would be his last.

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Padres continue search for offensive upgrade

Club seeks creative solution after missing out on Sandoval, Tomas

Padres continue search for offensive upgrade

SAN DIEGO -- While the Padres were "all-in" in their quest to sign free-agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval, their pursuit of Cuban slugger Yasmany Tomas was more measured and tepid, according to sources.

In the last week, Sandoval signed a five-year, $95 million deal with the Red Sox -- even though it was the Padres who offered a deal believed to be for six years and more than $100 million -- with Tomas going off the board days later when he reportedly reached a deal with the D-backs.

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Ross pitches in for kids impacted by homelessness

Padres All-Star righty hosts pizza party for school's monthly birthday bash

Ross pitches in for kids impacted by homelessness

SAN DIEGO -- It's a safe bet that if you queried the 300 or so students who devoured pizza and cupcakes at the Monarch School last week, they would tell you that Tyson Ross' best pitch of 2014 was his knack for swiftly handing out slices and dishing autographs.

Ross, coming off a breakthrough season, which included making his first All-Star team, was a hit on Nov. 20 when he stopped by the school for its monthly Butterfly Birthday Celebration and pizza party.

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