Inbox: Who is in race to be Padres' 2B in 2017?

Beat reporter AJ Cassavell answers questions from San Diego fans

Inbox: Who is in race to be Padres' 2B in 2017?

The Padres are coming off an extremely busy week -- one in which they locked up Yangervis Solarte to an extension and appear to be headed in the same direction with Wil Myers.

Those moves bring clarity to the Padres' future. But they also raise some interesting questions in the present.

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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.

Vazquez among 3 new coaches on Padres' staff

Vazquez among 3 new coaches on Padres' staff

The Padres announced their 2017 coaching staff under manager Andy Green on Monday. Pitching coach Darren Balsley, bullpen coach Doug Bochtler, third-base coach Glenn Hoffman, bench coach Mark McGwire and hitting coach Alan Zinter return to the staff.

Padres executive vice president/general manager A.J. Preller announced that former Padres infielder Ramon Vazquez will join the club as a Major League coach working primarily with infielders, Johnny Washington will come aboard as the first-base coach and Jonathan Mathews joins as a Major League coach working mainly with outfielders.

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Manny Randhawa is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @MannyOnMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Sources: Padres, Myers close to 6-year deal

Sources: Padres, Myers close to 6-year deal

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres already view Wil Myers as the face of the franchise. Now, it appears they intend to keep him as such for the long haul.

Myers and the Padres are nearing a long-term contract extension, sources told MLB.com on Friday. The exact figures remain unclear, but MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal has reported that the deal will be for six years and worth more than $80 million.

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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.

Solarte signs 2-year extension with Padres

Contract also includes club options for 2019, '20 seasons

Solarte signs 2-year extension with Padres

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres announced a two-year contract extension with third baseman Yangervis Solarte on Friday, a deal which also features club options for the 2019 and '20 seasons.

The deal is worth $7.5 million over the next two years, with a $5.5 million option for 2019 and an $8 million option for '20. Solarte -- who has been the subject of trade speculation but is likely to stay put for now -- doesn't have a no-move clause structured into the contract.

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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 agree to contracts with 4 pitchers

Capps, Hand, Friedrich, Maurer reach deals for 2017

Padres agree to contracts with 4 pitchers

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres avoided salary arbitration with four pitchers on Friday, and they appear destined to avoid any hearings for the third consecutive offseason.

Right-handers Carter Capps and Brandon Maurer and lefties Christian Friedrich and Brad Hand agreed to one-year deals with the club ahead of Friday's deadline to exchange figures.

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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.

Source: Padres close to deal with Cahill

Source: Padres close to deal with Cahill

SAN DIEGO -- In their continued pursuit of starting pitching, the Padres are nearing a deal with free-agent right-hander Trevor Cahill, a source told MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi.

The Padres have not confirmed or commented on the agreement, which was first reported by the San Diego Union-Tribune. But general manager A.J. Preller said Friday night that the club would like to add more options to its wide-open rotation mix.

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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 'disappointed' by Chargers' relocation

San Diego becomes lone market with MLB as only major pro sport

Padres 'disappointed' by Chargers' relocation

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres assumed the mantle as San Diego's lone major professional sports franchise on Thursday, after the Chargers announced their plans to relocate to Los Angeles.

As a result, San Diego -- which played host to the Chargers for 56 years -- is now the only market to feature a Major League Baseball team without another major sports franchise in town.

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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.

Petco Park racing season opens with Supercross

Dungey leads Saturday's motorcycle field; Monster Trucks follow

Petco Park racing season opens with Supercross

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

One of the two products of Minnesota's Chaska High to post wins at Petco Park last year will be back at the facility on Saturday. No, it will not be Padres relief pitcher Brad Hand. Chaska's Ryan Dungey will lead the field of riders competing on the floor of Petco Park in the Monster Energy Supercross at 7 p.m. PT.

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Watch Padres catcher Bethancourt pitch in Panama

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Watch Padres catcher Bethancourt pitch in Panama

Last season, we got a taste of what Padres catcher Christian Bethancourt could do on the mound. The right-hander appeared in two games and pitched 1 2/3 scoreless frames. Because he wasn't really a pitcher (yet), he struggled with command and walked three. There was still plenty to get excited about as the catcher hit the mid-90s with his fastball and paired it with a low-80s change ... or even a 49-mph eephus

This winter, Bethancourt went to Panama to stretch out as a pitcher/utilityman extraordinaire like Brooks Kieschnick.

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Bethancourt's super-utility transition underway

Padre pitches one inning of relief in winter ball in Panama

Bethancourt's super-utility transition underway

SAN DIEGO -- The Christian Bethancourt experiment is officially underway.

Playing in the Panama Winter League, Bethancourt made his first appearance as a pitcher, tossing one scoreless inning on 17 pitches. His fastball velocity reportedly ranged from 93-96 mph, and he mixed in five offspeed pitches as well.

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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.

WR Hunter Renfrow or OF Hunter Renfroe? We can help

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WR Hunter Renfrow or OF Hunter Renfroe? We can help

On Monday night, the Clemson Tigers' Hunter Renfrow caught two more touchdown passes, including the game-winning score with one second remaining in the fourth quarter, to defeat Alabama in the college football National Championship. This came after he caught two in last year's Championship defeat to 'Bama. 

"But wait," you say. "Hunter Renfrow? Isn't that the former first round pick of the Padres, who made his Major League debut this past season?" Well, no. That's Hunter Renfroe. While they sound the same phonetically, they are actually wholly separate people. 

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Bold prediction: Peavy plays for Padres in '17

Fan favorite, franchise icon would provide veteran leadership

Bold prediction: Peavy plays for Padres in '17

SAN DIEGO -- The Jake Peavy-era San Diego Padres aren't coming back.

But that doesn't mean Peavy, himself, isn't.

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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.

Spring is in the air: First workout dates announced

Spring is in the air: First workout dates announced

Despite the frigid temperatures throughout many big league cities, Major League Baseball's announcement Tuesday of the first workout dates of Spring Training should be enough to warm the hearts of baseball fans everywhere.

The following are the first Spring Training workout dates, subject to change, both for pitchers and catchers and full squads of the 30 Major League clubs. 

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Inbox: What are Padres' shortstop options?

Fans ask about competition for Sardinas, reliever Baumann's chances

Inbox: What are Padres' shortstop options?

With the Padres' rotation suddenly coming into focus, the most pressing question on the roster is now at shortstop.

Luis Sardinas is the projected starter, but the Friars are looking to provide some Spring Training competition for the unproven 23-year-old.

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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.

Pirela advances; Padres trio thriving in Australia

Greene, Stevens, Lemond have big weeks in ABL

Pirela advances; Padres trio thriving in Australia

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

Jose Pirela will be playing in the finals of the Venezuelan Winter League playoffs while three Padres prospects continue to play well in Australia.

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Healthy Spangenberg ready to compete at 2B

Healthy Spangenberg ready to compete at 2B

SAN DIEGO -- 2016 had the makings of a critical season in the progression of Cory Spangenberg.

The 25-year-old Padres second baseman earned his first career starting job coming out of Spring Training. He was also given the No. 2 spot in the batting order as the table-setter for Matt Kemp and Wil Myers. It seemed Spangenberg had been given every opportunity to build off his strong finish to the 2015 campaign.

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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.

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Barry M. Bloom

Hoffman awaits 'nerve-wracking' HOF vote

Longtime Padres closer narrowly missed election in '16

Hoffman awaits 'nerve-wracking' HOF vote

SAN DIEGO -- Trevor Hoffman is cautiously optimistic that his second time on the ballot for the National Baseball Hall of Fame is going to be the right time.

Hoffman missed election last year by a scant 34 votes when Mariners slugger Ken Griffey Jr. and Mets catcher Mike Piazza were elected by eligible members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

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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.

Padres' rotation race coming into focus

Eight pitchers in line to compete for five spots this spring

Padres' rotation race coming into focus

SAN DIEGO -- Like 29 other teams, the Padres would love to add some starting pitching before Spring Training begins.

"It's as wide open as you could imagine a Major League rotation being," Padres manager Andy Green said last month.

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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' right-field job belongs to Renfroe

Prospect made auspicious debut last September

Padres' right-field job belongs to Renfroe

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

If first impressions count, Hunter Renfroe made a positive mark with the Padres last September.

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Padres pick up righty Jenkins off waivers

Padres pick up righty Jenkins off waivers

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres added another arm to their rotation mix Tuesday, claiming right-hander Tyrell Jenkins off waivers from Cincinnati.

The 24-year-old spent the 2016 season with Atlanta, where he posted a 5.88 ERA in 14 appearances (eight starts).

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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.

Inbox: Will Lamet make the Padres' staff?

Beat reporter AJ Cassavell answers questions from San Diego fans

Inbox: Will Lamet make the Padres' staff?

It's a new year, but many of the same questions are facing the Padres in 2017.

The Friars shored up their starting five with the additions of Jhoulys Chacin and Clayton Richard last month. But there's still work to be done -- both in the rotation and in the 'pen.

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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.

San Diego a playground for young talent in '17

San Diego a playground for young talent in '17

SAN DIEGO -- If 2016 offered a brief glimpse into the Padres' future, then the new season figures to put that future on full display.

The Friars enter 2017 with one of the most inexperienced rosters in baseball, staunchly committed to giving their youngsters a chance to shine.

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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.

Pirela, Rondon, Perez in winter playoffs

Greene leads Australia in RBIs, tied for 1st in HRs

Pirela, Rondon, Perez in winter playoffs

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

Three Padres Minor Leaguers will be starting winter league playoffs on Monday, while three others continue playing in Australia and catcher-pitcher Christian Bethancourt prepares for the Friday opener of the Panamanian League.

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We start Padres' top 100 list with SS Gomez, C Cannizzaro

Counting down the top 100 Padres contributors

We start Padres' top 100 list with SS Gomez, C Cannizzaro

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

We're starting a new list, looking at 100 players, officials and media members who have done the most for the Padres over the ballclub's first 48 seasons in the National League.

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Former MLB catcher Cannizzaro dies at 78

Original '62 Met, first Padres All-Star played 13 seasons

Former MLB catcher Cannizzaro dies at 78

Chris Cannizzaro, an original 1962 Met and the first All-Star in Padres franchise history, died on Thursday at the age of 78.

The former catcher, who played in the Major Leagues for 13 seasons from 1960-74, had been suffering from lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The Padres acknowledged his passing on Friday.

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David Adler is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @_dadler. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

5 pitchers who dropped off Hall ballot too soon

5 pitchers who dropped off Hall ballot too soon

MLB.com has already taken a look at some of the more surprising position players to go one-and-done in Hall of Fame balloting. Next up are the pitchers.

Players eligible for election to the Hall of Fame need 75 percent of votes from the Baseball Writers' Association of America to be enshrined in Cooperstown; they only need 5 percent to reserve a spot on the ballot for the following year. But not all candidates hit that mark, and many have dropped off the ballot after only one year. Many more will do so again in the future.

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David Adler is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @_dadler. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Padres sign 17-year-old Cuban lefty Perez

The Padres have agreed to terms on a contract with Cuban left-handed pitcher Ramon Perez, the club announced Thursday.

Perez, 17, won a gold medal while playing for the 15-Under Cuban National Team in the 15-Under World Cup in Mexico in 2014.

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Oliver Macklin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

New faces emerge for Padres in 2016

Dickerson, Schimpf fuel club's record HR streak; Myers takes All-Star stage

New faces emerge for Padres in 2016

SAN DIEGO -- What a difference a year makes. From top to bottom, the Padres organization is markedly different from what it looked like at the beginning of 2016.

In many ways, it was a transition year for the Friars, who began to reshape the course of the franchise midseason. They dealt a handful of veterans while revamping the farm system through trades and the amateur market.

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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.

Most amazing National League games of 2016

Most amazing National League games of 2016

The 2016 season in Major League Baseball was one of inspiring feats of athleticism, ballparks packed with ecstatic fans and the undeniable drama that comes with America's pastime. At the end of the 162-game push and an amazing October, one team was standing: the Chicago Cubs, who broke a 108-year championship drought and won the World Series for the National League.

But 14 other NL teams played all season and had their own pinnacle moments. In consultation with each club's beat reporter, here is the game of the year for each club in the NL in 2016:

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Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @DougMillerMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Inbox: Who will man second in San Diego?

Beat reporter AJ Cassavell answers questions from Padres fans

Inbox: Who will man second in San Diego?

Is there a leader for the second-base job between Cory Spangenberg, Ryan Schimpf and Carlos Asuaje?
-- Matty J., San Diego

The Padres haven't officially announced a leader for the starting job at second base. And every time manager Andy Green has been asked, he's pointed to a spring competition between all three. But no matter what the Padres say publicly, there is an early leader. It's Schimpf.

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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.