Padres acquire J. Upton from Braves

Padres acquire J. Upton from Braves

SAN DIEGO -- The hits keep on coming for the Padres -- or at least that's the hope -- as general manager A.J. Preller has landed yet another big bat for the team's offense.

The Padres traded for outfielder Justin Upton and right-hander Aaron Northcraft from the Braves, dealing left-handed pitcher Max Fried, the team's No. 3 prospect, in addition to infielders Jace Peterson, Dustin Peterson, outfielder Mallex Smith and the Padres' fourth international bonus pool slot.

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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.

It's official: Myers moves to Padres in megadeal

It's official: Myers moves to Padres in megadeal

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres' Opening Day starting lineup is starting to take shape, but make sure you use a pencil and not a pen.

On Friday, the Padres officially announced the completion of a three-team, 11-player megadeal with the Rays and Nationals that landed them outfielder Wil Myers and catcher Ryan Hanigan.

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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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Richard Justice

Preller sure keeps things moving as rookie GM

Padres standing out in the crowd with offseason makeover

Preller sure keeps things moving as rookie GM

John Hart was still figuring out what he wanted to do with the next chapter of his life when the telephone call came last September. At the time, he was a special assistant to Atlanta Braves president John Schuerholz and wasn't sure he wanted to be much more than that.

In the wake of Frank Wren's dismissal as general manager, Hart simply saw himself as part of a transition team that would reshape the franchise's baseball operations. That's when A.J. Preller telephoned.

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. Read his blog, Justice4U. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Padres reportedly deal for Middlebrooks

Padres reportedly deal for Middlebrooks

The Padres keep on wheeling and dealing.

According to a Yahoo! Sports report, San Diego will send catcher Ryan Hanigan, who was acquired from Tampa Bay in the Wil Myers trade, to Boston in exchange for third baseman Will Middlebrooks. CBSSports.com initially reported that the Padres are on the verge of signing free-agent catcher David Ross, though it later updated that Ross was still deciding between San Diego and the Cubs.

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

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Jonathan Mayo

Who are the 12 prospects the Padres dealt?

Who are the 12 prospects the Padres dealt?

As A.J. Preller has worked tirelessly to remake the San Diego Padres' big league roster, he has not been afraid to send prospects or young players away to get the Major League pieces he desires. Once the Justin Upton trade becomes official, a total of 12 players who appeared on the the Padres' Top 20 list at some point in 2014 will have been dealt.

The Padres still have three of the their top four prospects from before the overhaul in catcher Austin Hedges, Matt Wisler and Hunter Renfroe. Of course, there's still plenty of time for that to change, with the new GM deserving a moniker for this activity. "Preller the Seller" has a nice ring to it, no?

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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, Dodgers finalize Kemp trade

Padres, Dodgers finalize Kemp trade

SAN DIEGO -- The much-anticipated trade sending Matt Kemp from the Dodgers to the Padres, a week in the making, has been officially consummated. But not without some drama.

The Padres on Thursday night announced the five-player deal with their National League West rivals, a trade highlighted by the acquisition of Kemp, who immediately becomes the most-feared hitter in their order. He is expected to be introduced at a news conference Friday at Petco Park.

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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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Richard Justice

Aggressive Preller has Padres all-in

New GM has overhauled offense with additions of Upton, Kemp, Myers

Aggressive Preller has Padres all-in

The Padres may have Justin Upton for just one season. That's the risk they're taking. They're fine with that. He will help change the way we think about this franchise and change the way we think about the National League West race, too. He will make them better, too -- way better. This is the goal. Nothing else matters.

This amazing new guy in charge of the Padres, A.J. Preller, couldn't care less about 2016 or '17. He wants to change the Padres, and emphatically. He wants to change them now.

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. Read his blog, Justice4U. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Padres land catcher Norris in deal with A's

Padres land catcher Norris in deal with A's

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres continue to be active this offseason, particularly when it comes to outfielders and catchers -- and offensive upgrades.

On the heels of agreeing to a deal that landed outfielder Wil Myers from the Rays and finalizing their trade to get Matt Kemp from the Dodgers, the Padres acquired catcher Derek Norris in a swap with the A's that also netted San Diego right-handed pitcher Seth Streich and an international-signing slot.

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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.

Kemp deal proves Padres mean business

Kemp deal proves Padres mean business

Editor's note: Bill Center, longtime sportswriter for U-T San Diego, is an employee of the Padres.

Clearly, things are changing with the Padres.

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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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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 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.

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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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.

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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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.

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

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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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.

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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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.