Padres complete trade for Rule 5 pick Torrens

Friars send VanMeter, cash to Reds for catcher

Padres complete trade for Rule 5 pick Torrens

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The Padres and Reds have finalized the trade that sent Rule 5 Draft pick Luis Torrens to San Diego -- and the details are quite telling.

On Friday, San Diego sent infield prospect Josh VanMeter to Cincinnati as the player to be named in the deal, which netted Torrens -- one of three acquisitions in an eventful Rule 5 Draft. VanMeter isn't a highly touted prospect by any means, but he showed plenty of promise at Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore.

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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Padres leave Meetings seeking more depth

Padres leave Meetings seeking more depth

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The Padres entered the Winter Meetings in need of pitching, a backup catcher and a shortstop.

They acquired one of each in the Rule 5 Draft, but in terms of proven big league talent, they're still very much in the market at all three spots.

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Padres don't hesitate to be bold in Rule 5 Draft

San Diego trades for Nos. 1-2 selections, grabs RHP, C, SS with trio of top picks

Padres don't hesitate to be bold in Rule 5 Draft

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- It's becoming something of a Padres tradition to rule the Rule 5 Draft.

After a quiet first three days at the Winter Meetings, the Padres -- who owned the No. 3 pick at the event -- made a splash on Thursday morning, trading up for the first and second selections, as well.

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Green: Padres' rotation competition 'wide open'

Perdomo, Friedrich probable starters, with Cosart, Clemens, Vargas candidates

Green: Padres' rotation competition 'wide open'

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The Padres have focused most of their energy at the Winter Meetings on acquiring starting pitching -- and for good reason.

As it stands, they will enter the 2017 season with Luis Perdomo and Christian Friedrich as rotation probables. The other three spots? According to manager Andy Green, they're "wide open" -- and Perdomo and Friedrich aren't exactly stone-cold locks either.

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Three Rule 5 picks will look to stick with Padres

Three Rule 5 picks will look to stick with Padres

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

The Padres continued their drive to add young talent Thursday when they became the first team to leave the Winter Meetings with the first three players selected in the Rule 5 draft.

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Hedges emerges as Padres' catcher

How will Bethancourt's 'hybrid' role affect bench?

Hedges emerges as Padres' catcher

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

The Padres' future at catching became much clearer last week.

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Hoffman's first days as a Padre were rough

Performance turned boos into cheers

Hoffman's first days as a Padre were rough

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

Trevor Hoffman didn't receive the warmest of welcomes during his first appearance with the Padres on June 25, 1993.

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Padres fielding calls, but like young outfield mix

Padres fielding calls, but like young outfield mix

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The Padres are poised to enter the 2017 season with four young outfielders and three outfield spots up for grabs.

By definition, that's a surplus. To the Padres, it's anything but.

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Padres ready to give back during holiday caravan

Padres ready to give back during holiday caravan

Count the Padres among those in the giving spirit this holiday season.

San Diego's annual holiday caravan is slated to begin Wednesday, kicking off with the team's 10 Days of Giving initiative. Through Dec. 16, the Padres will participate in daily charity events throughout San Diego and the Baja region.

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Preller capitalizes on CBA's final year

GM thinks Padres will benefit from new agreement

Preller capitalizes on CBA's final year

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- When all is said and done, the Padres will spend upwards of $70 million on international prospects during the current signing period. You won't see that again any time soon -- and certainly not within the next five years.

One of the more intriguing details of the recently agreed upon collective bargaining agreement is the cap on international spending. No team can exceed its signing bonus pool, and no signing bonus pool is greater than $5.75 million. (That number will grow incrementally with industry revenue).

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Hoffman turned setbacks into pluses

Hall of Fame hopeful started as shortstop, overcame two injuries

Hoffman turned setbacks into pluses

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

The mark of a great baseball player is the ability to adjust and adapt. Few players have adapted more in their careers than Hall of Fame candidate Trevor Hoffman, the first pitcher in Major League history to reach 500 and 600 saves.

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After Ross decision, Padres seek more pitching

Preller: 'Mutual interest' for right-hander to return to San Diego

After Ross decision, Padres seek more pitching

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The Padres were in dire need of starting pitching before they decided not to tender a contract to Tyson Ross.

Now? Well, their plight is the same. But they could be -- to borrow a phrase used by general manager A.J. Preller -- casting an even wider net, given that at least three rotation spots are up for grabs.

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Padres focusing on trade to add shortstop

Padres focusing on trade to add shortstop

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- It wouldn't be a trip to the Winter Meetings without the Padres in hot pursuit of a shortstop.

According to general manager A.J. Preller, the Friars are looking to the trade market at short -- a common theme for the club over the past decade. San Diego also had preliminary discussions with veteran free agent Erick Aybar, but Preller noted Monday that "most of the stuff we've looked at has been on the trade front."

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SD's Ross non-tendered, now a free agent

Righty had October surgery; Pirela, Amarista, Sanchez, Edwards and Johnson let go

SD's Ross non-tendered, now a free agent

SAN DIEGO -- Tyson Ross' tenure with the Padres came to an abrupt and thoroughly surprising end on Friday, as the injured right-hander was among six arbitration-eligible players who were not tendered a contract by the club.

Ross, the Padres' best pitcher from 2013-15, had thoracic outlet syndrome surgery in October and is now a free agent. The Padres remain interested in bringing back Ross, but now they have to compete with 29 other teams.

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Padres land prospect Avila, send Norris to Nats

Deal opens door for Hedges to be primary catcher

Padres land prospect Avila, send Norris to Nats

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres continued their youth movement Friday, parting ways with catcher Derek Norris in exchange for Nationals pitching prospect Pedro Avila.

A 19-year-old right-hander from Venezuela, Avila was rated as Washington's No. 23 prospect by MLBPipeline.com. Since signing with the Nats in 2014, he owns a 2.93 ERA with 10.58 strikeouts per nine innings over 34 career Minor League appearances.

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Peace & glove: Owners, players reach CBA deal

New agreement includes change to home-field advantage in World Series

Peace & glove: Owners, players reach CBA deal

IRVING, Texas -- Major League Baseball's players and owners reached a tentative five-year Collective Bargaining Agreement through the 2021 season on Wednesday night. The parties will follow up today with a formal document, which then must be ratified by representatives of both sides. 

At 8:40 p.m. ET, an assortment of happy players, owners, lawyers and staffers poured from meeting rooms to exchange handshakes and hugs. That's how quickly 36 hours of round-the-clock negotiations ended, nearly four hours before today's deadline of 12:01 a.m. ET to reach a deal. Short of an agreement, the sport was faced with the best-case scenario of an extension or owners could have imposed a lockout.

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. You can follow him on Twitter @richardjustice. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Margot hot while nearing winter finish

Perez hitting .350 in Mexico

Margot hot while nearing winter finish

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

Center fielder Manuel Margot is getting warmer as his winter league season in the Dominican Republic approaches a finish.

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Hoffman's strength grew from his sturdy roots

Parents, brothers influenced closer

Hoffman's strength grew from his sturdy roots

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

Everyone to some degree is a product of their roots.

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Hoffman has Hall of Fame credentials

Padres great was first closer to reach 500, 600 saves

Hoffman has Hall of Fame credentials

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

Trevor Hoffman is an iconic figure around these parts.

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The Next Big Leaguers: Padres' Gettys

A team-by-team look at future key contributors who starred in the 2016 Arizona Fall League

The Next Big Leaguers: Padres' Gettys

The Arizona Fall League always is loaded with talent, and it was stronger than usual in 2016. In the initial installment of MLBPipeline.com's "The Next Big Leaguers," which premieres Tuesday, we focused on five prospects: Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger, Twins shortstop Nick Gordon, Cubs outfielder Eloy Jimenez, Red Sox infielder Yoan Moncada and Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres.

We could have spotlighted many more promising prospects if not limited by time constraints, and below we'll do exactly that.

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

Sardinas, Rondon lead Padres' possibilities at SS

Position is packed with much younger prospects

Sardinas, Rondon lead Padres' possibilities at SS

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

The Padres have six potential shortstops ranked among their Top 30 Prospects, including two -- Luis Almanzar and Gabriel Arias -- who were signed during last summer's international signing period.

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Inbox: What will Padres' starting 5 look like?

Beat reporter AJ Cassavell answers fans' questions

Inbox: What will Padres' starting 5 look like?

Nearly two months into the offseason, the critical questions surrounding the Padres still center around starting pitching. The market is thin, but the Friars remain committed to bringing a few arms on board.

With pitching as the focus of many of your inquiries, here are the answers to some of your most pressing Padres questions.

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Myers dedicated to helping special needs children

Padres 1B hosts second Wiffle Ball challenge to benefit Miracle League of High Point

Myers dedicated to helping special needs children

Wil Myers first became involved with the Miracle League of High Point while playing high school baseball at Wesleyan Christian Academy in North Carolina. As part of his team's community service efforts, he helped at the local Miracle League field at least once every season.

A decade later, Myers continues to use his involvement in baseball to help special needs children.

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Vargas, Reyes wintering in their native Mexico

Castillo, 20, has 0.00 ERA in Venezuela

Vargas, Reyes wintering in their native Mexico

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

Right-handed pitcher Cesar Vargas is beginning to add innings to his offseason work with Hermosillo in the Mexican Pacific League.

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Padres reveal lineup of 2017 uniforms

Padres reveal lineup of 2017 uniforms

SAN DIEGO -- The 2017 season is inching closer, and the Padres have already unveiled a new look for the upcoming campaign.

San Diego released its uniforms for the 2017 season via a Twitter video Tuesday afternoon. The new look features one major change and a few minor tweaks. The biggest alteration: Yellow has been removed from the color scheme.

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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hoffman seeks Hall of Fame push

Hoffman seeks Hall of Fame push

SAN DIEGO -- If historical trends are to be believed, it's a matter of "when" and not "if" Trevor Hoffman will be enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

The legendary Padres closer received 67.3 percent of the vote when his name appeared on the ballot for the first time a year ago -- just shy of the 75 percent threshold needed for enshrinement in Cooperstown.

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Padres release 2017 Spring Training schedule

Padres release 2017 Spring Training schedule

SAN DIEGO -- It may be November, but spring is already on the minds of the Padres.

On Monday, the club released its 2017 Spring Training schedule, which includes a March 7 showdown against the Mexican National team in advance of the World Baseball Classic.

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Padres add 4 prospects to 40-man roster

Padres add 4 prospects to 40-man roster

SAN DIEGO -- With the Winter Meetings on the horizon, the Padres added four prospects to their 40-man roster on Friday, protecting them from the Rule 5 Draft.

Right-handed pitchers Walker Lockett and Jose Ruiz, shortstop Javier Guerra and outfielder Franchy Cordero had their contracts selected by the team.

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Solarte entrenched at third for Padres, unless …

Switch-hitter sought by other teams this offseason

Solarte entrenched at third for Padres, unless …

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

The value of Yangervis Solarte can best be set by the fact that 10 teams have reportedly contacted Padres general manager A.J. Preller about the possibility of acquiring the third baseman through a trade this offseason.

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