Weaver joins Padres with 'a lot to prove'

Green praises valuable experience added to rotation

Weaver joins Padres with 'a lot to prove'

PEORIA, Ariz. -- As if seeing Jered Weaver wearing blue -- following 11 seasons in Angels red -- wasn't enough, the veteran right-hander arrived in Padres camp with a No. 27 jersey hanging in his locker.

"I figured I've got to hit," said Weaver, who donned 36 during his time in Anaheim. "So I went Mike Trout on them."

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Capps' delivery legal if drag replaces hop

Padres not concerned with righty's mechanics this early in camp

Capps' delivery legal if drag replaces hop

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Carter Capps' bullpen session Tuesday -- his first of Spring Training -- sparked plenty of debate over his unorthodox delivery.

The Padres have since spoken with Major League Baseball and clarified that so long as Capps drags his push-off foot, it will be deemed a legal pitching motion. Essentially, if Capps pitches in the same manner he did during his breakout 2015 season, he won't be penalized.

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Jered Weaver will wear No. 27 because of Mike Trout

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Jered Weaver will wear No. 27 because of Mike Trout

Jered Weaver racked up 150 victories and three top-five Cy Young Award finishes with the Angels, but he collected only four singles, with the last coming back in 2012. Not too surprising considering that he's, you know, a pitcher in the American League. But when it came time to pick out his number after signing with the Padres, Weaver knew the best person to emulate: Mike Trout and his No. 27.

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Fowler: 'I think we're going to have some fun'

San Diego executive chairman excited for future

Fowler: 'I think we're going to have some fun'

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Over the past few months, executive chairman Ron Fowler has made clear his excitement for the Padres' future. And his actions have spoken louder than his words, given the club's unprededented investments on the amateur and international market.

Of course, Fowler -- who addressed the Padres before their first full-squad workout on Saturday -- is also quite eager to find out what the current season holds in store.

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Bethancourt impresses in 1st spring bullpen session

Bethancourt impresses in 1st spring bullpen session

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Standing by the interview area next to the Padres' main practice field, Christian Bethancourt watched as his catching brethren went through their daily running routine. For the first time he could recall, he wasn't among them.

On Friday, "catcher Christian Bethancourt" gave way to "right-handed pitcher Christian Bethancourt," who threw his first official bullpen session of Spring Training. He tossed 25 pitches to catcher Rocky Gale, and the San Diego staff came away impressed with his command and improved mechanics.

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Glove Day a lot like Christmas for Padres

Glove Day a lot like Christmas for Padres

PEORIA, Ariz. -- He may be a big league ballplayer, but on the day his new gloves arrive each spring, Travis Jankowski becomes a kid again.

When the Padres center fielder entered the Peoria Sports Complex on Saturday morning for Glove Day, a pair of customized Wilson gloves with "H" webbing were waiting for him.

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Padres ink deal with veteran pitcher Weaver

Padres ink deal with veteran pitcher Weaver

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Jered Weaver  is set to join a wide-open rotation mix in San Diego, as the veteran right-hander agreed to a one-year, $3 million contract with the Padres on Saturday.

The 34-year-old Weaver, who posted a 3.55 ERA in 11 seasons with the Angels, will likely slot toward the top of the Padres' starting rotation. He'll also serve as a veteran presence in one of baseball's youngest clubhouses.

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Perdomo still refining signature sinker

Perdomo still refining signature sinker

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Luis Perdomo's sinker is such a new pitch, the rest of the baseball world is still learning about it.

Evidently, so is Perdomo.

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Myers sets lofty goal of 40 homers, 40 steals

Padres first baseman also seeks consistency in 2017

Myers sets lofty goal of 40 homers, 40 steals

PEORIA, Ariz. -- In October, Wil Myers -- never one to set the bar low -- proclaimed his desire to reach 30 homers and 30 steals in 2017.

Evidently, his goal has changed a bit.

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Cahill eager to return to rotation

Padres right-hander was valuable bullpen piece for Cubs

Cahill eager to return to rotation

PEORIA, Ariz. -- In two seasons with the Cubs, Trevor Cahill became a very useful bullpen piece, posting a 2.61 ERA in 61 appearances.

Now, the veteran right-hander is eyeing a return to the rotation, where he spent the first six years of his career. That opportunity is part of the reason he inked a one-year deal with the Padres during the offseason.

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Padres reliever Capps on track for '17 opener

Padres reliever Capps on track for '17 opener

PEORIA, Ariz. -- On the first day of his recovery from Tommy John surgery last year, Carter Capps set a goal.

"March 8, I had surgery," Capps said. "March 9, I wanted to be ready for [the following] Opening Day. I knew I was going to miss that season, but I really wanted to push the envelope, attack the rehab and get after it. That was always my goal, to be ready for Opening Day."

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Padres will experiment with options for CF

Padres will experiment with options for CF

PEORIA, Ariz. -- In Manuel Margot and Travis Jankowski, the Padres boast two of the best defensive center fielders in baseball -- a duo that will spend plenty of time sharing the outfield this year.

So who plays center when they're both in the lineup?

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Watch Carter Capps' leaping throw in slo-mo

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Watch Carter Capps' leaping throw in slo-mo

In 2015, Carter Capps blitzed batters with a 1.16 ERA and 16.8 K/9 in 31 IP. Thanks to his bizarre, jumping delivery, his 98-mph fastball looked even faster. Those few inches closer to the plate made his average perceived velocity jump up to 101.7 -- even higher than Aroldis Chapman's 100.8 mark that year. 

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Bethancourt eyes rare pitcher-catcher role

25-year-old's transformation continues, might also include outfield work

Bethancourt eyes rare pitcher-catcher role

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Never before has the phrase "pitchers and catchers report" been taken quite so literally.

Christian Bethancourt was among the Padres in camp Tuesday, the team's mandatory report date for pitchers and catchers.

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Competitions await as pitchers get underway

Few roles are set in Padres rotation, bullpen

Competitions await as pitchers get underway

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Padres pitchers and catchers officially reported to the club's Spring Training complex Tuesday. In doing so, they brought the palpable sense of excitement that comes with the start of any new season.

So what does reporting day -- one of the most highly anticipated dates on the calendar for many fans -- mean to Padres skipper Andy Green?

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Gwynn's legacy off the field remembered

Gwynn's legacy off the field remembered

SAN DIEGO -- Tony Gwynn's legendary swing is immortalized beyond right-center field at Petco Park, his perfect stroke from the left-handed batters' box cutting through the strike zone belt-high.

At Saturday's Celebrate San Diego rally, lines of fans formed around the likeness of Gwynn, and multiple parents posed for pictures with their children in front of it. As if on cue, they knelt and talked into their kids' ears, while motioning toward the larger-than-life statue.

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Padres begin youth movement as camp opens

Skipper Green eager to develop and teach players

Padres begin youth movement as camp opens

With Spring Training fast approaching, MLB.com will take a look at a different aspect of this year's Padres squad each day this week. Today's topic: Spring Training is here.

SAN DIEGO -- With one of the youngest rosters in baseball set to report to Peoria, Ariz., this week, the Padres are looking at the next month and a half as a chance to ingrain a winning philosophy throughout the organization.

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Thousands rally at Petco to Celebrate San Diego

'This is a special place, and it deserves to be celebrated,' Green says at inaugural event

Thousands rally at Petco to Celebrate San Diego

SAN DIEGO -- Standing on the stage behind Petco Park's batter's eye, Trevor Hoffman pointed toward the statue of Tony Gwynn beyond right-center field. Instantly, the 12,000-plus San Diegans on hand burst into cheers, chanting "To-ny, To-ny!"

What better way to celebrate San Diego than one Padres legend giving a nod to another?

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Padres face many options for roster spots

Battles at second, rotation offer numerous possibilities

Padres face many options for roster spots

With Spring Training fast approaching, MLB.com takes a look at a different aspect of this year's Padres squad each day this week. Today's topic: Predicting the 25-man roster.

SAN DIEGO -- With three Rule 5 Draft picks, an intense competition at second base and nine pitchers fighting for the rotation, the Padres have a fun game of roster math on their hands entering Spring Training.

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Padres look for growth in 2017

Friars hoping loaded farm system provides answers to questions at Major League level

Padres look for growth in 2017

With Spring Training fast approaching, MLB.com will take a look at a different aspect of this year's Padres squad each day this week. Today's topic: The perfect season.

SAN DIEGO -- The 2017 Padres aren't going to be judged on wins and losses.

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Around the Horn: Padres' bullpen features quality, depth

Around the Horn: Padres' bullpen features quality, depth

With Spring Training on the horizon, MLB.com is taking an in-depth look at the 2017 Padres, breaking the team down position-by-position. Today, we preview the San Diego relievers.

The San Diego rotation isn't exactly overflowing with innings-eaters. In fact, the nine starting options entering camp combined to average only 5.23 innings per start in 2016.

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Ample candidates, questions for Padres' 2017 rotation

Perdomo, Richard, Chacin, Cahill, Friedrich lead deep field

Ample candidates, questions for Padres' 2017 rotation

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

When I started thinking about the Padres' starting pitching prospectus for 2017, my thoughts drifted back to the start of Spring Training in 2012.

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Padres prospects among non-roster invitees

Padres prospects among non-roster invitees

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres unveiled their full list of 28 non-roster invites to Spring Training on Friday, a mix of veterans competing for bench roles and youngsters looking to make an impression.

Infielder Luis Urias, the club's No. 11 prospect, according to MLBPipeline.com, and pitching prospects Dinelson Lamet, Michael Kelly and Phil Maton are among the invitees. None are expected to make the club out of camp, but all four will get to showcase their talents in front of the big league staff. Don't be surprised if they make an impact with the Padres before the 2017 season is done.

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Padres plan to groom young club around Myers

Padres plan to groom young club around Myers

With Spring Training fast approaching, MLB.com will take a look at a different aspect of this year's Padres squad each day this week. Today's topic: What's the vision?

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres' record might not justify it at season's end. But there's a palpable sense of optimism surrounding the club this spring, in stark contrast to the 2016 edition.

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Solarte, Naylor among 7 Padres in WBC 2017

Solarte, Naylor among 7 Padres in WBC 2017

SAN DIEGO -- When the World Baseball Classic takes center stage next month, the Padres will be well-represented. And when the scene shifts to Petco Park for the second round, San Diego fans might see a few familiar faces.

Third baseman Yangervis Solarte and right-hander Jhoulys Chacin -- both playing for Team Venezuela -- are among seven in the organization who were named to their national teams' rosters on Wednesday evening for the 16-team tournament.

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Around the Horn: Padres' starting pitchers

Around the Horn: Padres' starting pitchers

With Spring Training on the horizon, MLB.com is taking an in-depth look at the 2017 Padres, breaking the team down position-by-position. Today, we preview the San Diego starting pitchers.

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres won't be the only team to enter camp with rotation spots up for grabs. But, one through five, the Friars' race might just be the most wide open in all of baseball.

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Myers looks to build on strong 2016

With six-year extension done, All-Star embracing role as Padres' team leader

Myers looks to build on strong 2016

With Spring Training fast approaching, MLB.com will take a look at a different aspect of this year's Padres squad each day this week. Today's topic: How's your star?

SAN DIEGO -- Once he put pen to paper on a six-year, $83 million contract extension in January, the first thing Wil Myers bought was the suit he wore to the ensuing news conference.

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Padres eager to see Renfroe in a longer look

Rookie right fielder showed promise at end of 2016

Padres eager to see Renfroe in a longer look

With Spring Training on the horizon, MLB.com is taking an in-depth look at the 2017 Padres, breaking the team down position-by-position. Today, we preview the San Diego right fielders.

SAN DIEGO -- The 2016 season didn't go as planned for the San Diego Padres. But the lasting image left by right fielder Hunter Renfroe brought hope for a much brighter future.

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