Spring preview: Padres' rebound contenders

San Diego looks to Myers, Kemp and Cashner to bounce back

Spring preview: Padres' rebound contenders

SAN DIEGO -- With the start of Spring Training around the corner, MLB.com will preview the Padres by taking a glance at several areas of the team leading up to the report date for pitchers and catchers on Feb. 18.

The Padres, coming off a 74-88 season, won't head to Arizona with a revamped roster as they did a year ago under general manager A.J. Preller.

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

Padres sign Schumaker to Minors deal

Veteran utility man led Majors in pinch-hits last season

Padres sign Schumaker to Minors deal

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres signed infielder/outfielder Skip Schumaker to a Minor League contract on Tuesday.

Schumaker, 36, has played parts of 11 seasons with the Cardinals, Dodgers and Reds, can play second base and the outfield and is regarded as a strong clubhouse presence.

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

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Lyle Spencer

5 bats could shape how NL West is won

5 bats could shape how NL West is won

The Dodgers and Giants have ruled the National League West in recent seasons with dominant pitching, but the division also houses some serious offense. The Rockies and D-backs scored the most runs in the league in 2015, with the Giants coming in fifth.

Let's zero in on five pivotal NL West bats heading into Spring Training.

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Lyle Spencer is a columnist for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @LyleMSpencer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Around the Horn: Third base

Utility man Solarte starting season cemented at third for Padres

Around the Horn: Third base

SAN DIEGO -- Last spring, Yangervis Solarte spent six weeks in Arizona preparing himself for a super-utility role. He actually had eight different gloves stored above his clubhouse locker at Spring Training, assuming he would bounce around the infield and outfield.

As it turns out, Solarte mostly needed just one glove in 2015 -- for third base.

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

New first-base coach Brock thrives as teacher

Baseball veteran reflects on importance of Black History Month

New first-base coach Brock thrives as teacher

SAN DIEGO -- As much as new Padres first-base coach Tarrik Brock enjoyed his 13 seasons playing professional baseball, what he truly enjoys is life after playing.

"The most important thing, the most satisfying thing I get to do is coach," Brock said. "That's when you get to give more of yourself. You share your experiences, good and bad.

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

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Lyle Spencer

5 potential impact arms in wild NL West

5 potential impact arms in wild NL West

Remodeled pitching staffs make the National League West one of the most unpredictable and fascinating of the six divisions as Spring Training approaches. Any number of arms could prove pivotal in a lively race. Here are five to watch:

1. Kenta Maeda, Dodgers
Division champions three years running with dominant starting pitching, the Dodgers can't replace what Zack Greinke gave them with one arm. But Maeda, polished and experienced on the international stage, is one of several who can help ease the impact of Greinke's move to Arizona.

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Lyle Spencer is a columnist for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @LyleMSpencer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Orsillo goes opposite field to find new home

Revered Red Sox broadcaster resettles with Padres

Orsillo goes opposite field to find new home

SAN DIEGO -- Growing up in pastoral New Hampshire, in the shadow of the White Mountain National Forest, presented Don Orsillo with something akin to an idyllic childhood, save for a few fleeting moments of isolation.

"We were out in the woods," Orsillo said the other day. "I don't want to sound as if I'm dating myself here or anything. We had a television."

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

Mays led sweep in '60 All-Star 'doubleheader'

Mays led sweep in '60 All-Star 'doubleheader'

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

Willie Mays went 6-for-8 and had one of the six homers hit by National League players in 1960 as the NL swept the All-Star "doubleheader" by scores of 5-3 and 6-0.

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Padres officially sign reliever Rodney

Padres officially sign reliever Rodney

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres officially have a closer, or at least a candidate who has experience in closing games.

The Padres announced that their one-year deal with right-hander Fernando Rodney was official on Thursday. The deal includes a club option for 2017.

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

Padres hire new athletic trainer Rogow

Club also announces other staff hires, promotions

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres have hired a new athletic trainer, selecting Mark Rogow to lead that department.

Rogow replaces Todd Hutcheson, who didn't have his contract renewed after 18 years as the team's head trainer.

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

Padres get Minors pitcher from O's for Despaigne

Cosme a 19-year-old right-hander who played in Class A last season

Padres get Minors pitcher from O's for Despaigne

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres traded right-handed pitcher Odrisamer Despaigne to the Orioles on Thursday in exchange for right-handed pitcher Jean Cosme, a 19-year-old who comes with an intriguing arm.

By moving Despaigne, the Padres created a spot on the 40-man roster, which was quickly filled when the team officially announced the one-year deal with veteran right-handed pitcher Fernando Rodney.

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

Leagues split two All-Star Games played in 1959

Leagues split two All-Star Games played in 1959

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

It's hard to believe the All-Star Game could fall into the category of too much of a good thing.

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Around the Horn: Shortstop

Free agent signee Ramirez brings short-term solution to position

Around the Horn: Shortstop

Welcome to our multi-part Around the Horn series, which features a position-by-position look at San Diego's projected starters and backup options going into Spring Training. We have already looked at the catchers, first base and second base. Today, we look at shortstop.

SAN DIEGO -- There will be no question mark facing the Padres in terms of who will play shortstop come Opening Day.

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

Peavy tops list of Padres right-handed starters

Cy Young winner in 2007 also two-time NL leader in ERA, K's

Peavy tops list of Padres right-handed starters

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

The list of right-handed starters in Padres history is much longer than the left-handed list.

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Padres announce Caravan, FanFest plans

Kickoff at Petco Park on Feb. 11

Padres announce Caravan, FanFest plans

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres on Tuesday announced plans for their Community Caravan and their annual FanFest.

The caravan will encompass San Diego County and Tijuana on Feb. 11-13, and will include players, coaches, alumni, executives and broadcasters, along with the Pad Squad and the Swinging Friar at various events.

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

Towers would love a Freese deal do-over

Former Padres GM learns lesson in 2007 trade for Edmonds

Towers would love a Freese deal do-over

SAN DIEGO -- By no means was Kevin Towers an inexperienced general manager at the time he dealt a Minor League infielder by the name of David Freese to the Cardinals for veteran center fielder Jim Edmonds.

Truth be told, Towers was well into his long tenure (1995-2009) with the Padres when he shipped Freese, who had yet to play above Class A Advanced, to acquire Edmonds in December of 2007.

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

Padres announce 2016 promo schedule

Star Wars, Ghostbusters, Game of Thrones among themes

Padres announce 2016 promo schedule

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres on Monday released their promotional schedule for the upcoming season, and there's a particular theme to it.

Or, more like it, themes.

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

Embrace the brown with the Padres' newest uniforms

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Embrace the brown with the Padres' newest uniforms

One of the greatest things sports gives us is a kaleidoscope of colors, a full Lucky Charms-set of hues and styles that our teams wear out on the field. I'm not ashamed to admit that many of my sports fandoms simply come from my fascination with a logo or a design. The Padres are doing their part by bringing back the brown for 2016, embracing the unfairly maligned color and the one with a unique history to the team. 

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Around the Horn: Second base

Looks like job is Spangenberg's to lose

Around the Horn: Second base

A multi-part Around the Horn series, which features a position-by-position look at San Diego's projected starters and backup options going into Spring Training. We have already looked at the catchers and first base. Today, we look at second base.

SAN DIEGO -- In his brief time in the big leagues, Cory Spangenberg has worn several gloves.

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3 Padres prospects crack 2016 Top 100 list

3 Padres prospects crack 2016 Top 100 list

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres' farm system, which took a hit a year ago when general manager A.J. Preller made a bevy of moves to acquire Major League-ready talent, is on the rise once again.

The Padres have three players on the MLBPipeline.com Top 100 Prospects list for 2016 -- two of which weren't with the organization just three months ago.

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

Five stellar San Diego southpaws

Five stellar San Diego southpaws

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

I've identified my top Padres at every position. Now it's time to move my lists to the mound. And I'm going to change the rules a bit.

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American League rode relief to 1958 ASG win

Narleski, Wynn, O'Dell dominated National League

American League rode relief to 1958 ASG win

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

There is a reason why the All-Star Game is known as the Midsummer Classic.

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Around the Horn: First base

Myers moves from outfield to take on starting infield role

Around the Horn: First base

Welcome to our multi-part Around the Horn series, which features a position-by-position look at San Diego's projected starters and backup options going into Spring Training. On Thursday, we examined the catcher position. Now, it's first base.

SAN DIEGO -- When the Padres traded Yonder Alonso to the A's in December, the move didn't leave general manager A.J. Preller unprepared for what the team would do at first base in 2016.

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

Padres acquire lefty Seidenberger

Trade sends Liriano to Brewers

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres added another left-handed pitcher this offseason when they acquired Trevor Seidenberger from the Brewers on Thursday for outfielder Rymer Liriano.

Liriano, a former top prospect, was designated for assignment a week ago when the Padres signed free-agent shortstop Alexei Ramirez.

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

Looking back at the 1957 All-Star Game

Amid ballot controversy, former Padres Minor Leaguer Minoso delivered spectacular performance

Looking back at the 1957 All-Star Game

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

When the starting lineups for the 1956 All-Star Game were announced, questions were raised about how the voting was conducted.

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Around the Horn: Catchers

Norris, Hedges and Bethancourt to battle for backstop job

Around the Horn: Catchers

A multi-part Around the Horn series, which features a position-by-position look at San Diego's projected starters and backup options heading into Spring Training begins with the catcher position.

SAN DIEGO -- When pitchers and catchers arrive in Arizona precisely three weeks from Thursday, three catchers who have a good chance of being on the 25-man Opening Day roster will be among them.

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

Upton Jr. feels he has 'a lot left in the tank'

Upton Jr. feels he has 'a lot left in the tank'

SAN DIEGO -- Before the final game of the regular season, Melvin Upton Jr. stood in front of his locker in the clubhouse at Dodger Stadium and tried his best to put into words the current state of his big league career.

"It's been working to get where I've been in the past," Upton said. "I don't want to say I'm satisfied, but it's night and day from where I was the last two years. … I'm comfortable [now] with what I'm doing."

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