Myers takes place at center of Padres' plans

Myers takes place at center of Padres' plans

SAN DIEGO -- The rest of the Padres filed into the room first, entering quietly through back doors and filling the last three rows of the Petco Park auditorium.

Then came the newly minted face of the franchise, Wil Myers, fresh off signing an $83 million contract extension that will keep him in San Diego through at least 2022. He took the podium -- alongside manager Andy Green and general manager A.J. Preller -- and he spoke of the team's vision for the future.

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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: What kind of season will Renfroe have?

Inbox: What kind of season will Renfroe have?

With the offseason nearing a close, the biggest questions surrounding the Padres have shifted from roster additions to roster composition.

On the free-agent front, there isn't much work left to be done. The Padres wouldn't mind adding a shortstop or a starting pitcher to the mix. But for the most part, general manager A.J. Preller seems content to enter the season with the team as currently constructed.

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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.

Goose got the Padres over the hump in '84

Goose got the Padres over the hump in '84

Before bidding adieu to the Hot Stove season, we asked our 30 beat reporters to look back at their club's past and answer the following question: Who is the best free-agent signing in the team's history?

We narrowed the choices with the following parameters: The signings had to be multiyear contracts, to exclude fluky one-year deals and to focus on players who got real commitments. And contract extensions don't count. Only instances when every team in the league had a chance to bid on the player were allowed, including international free agents who received Major League contracts.

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AJ Cassavell is a reporter 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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Jonathan Mayo

Pair of Padres on MLB Pipeline's Top 10 2B Prospects list

Moncada tops list again with Albies, Happ right behind

Pair of Padres on MLB Pipeline's Top 10 2B Prospects list

MLBPipeline.com will unveil its 2017 Top 100 Prospects list on Saturday with a one-hour show on MLB Network at 8 p.m. ET. Leading up to the release, we look at baseball's top 10 prospects at each position.

He might have changed teams, but there isn't any doubt about who owns the top of this Top 10 second base prospects list.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter @JonathanMayo and Facebook, and listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Myers eager to be part of Padres resurgence

Accepting six-year deal shows first baseman believes in future

Myers eager to be part of Padres resurgence

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

As Wil Myers was speaking about his extended commitment to the Padres on Monday afternoon, the sun broke through the clouds outside Petco Park -- a sign, perhaps, that brighter times are ahead for the team.

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Pirela leading Zulia toward Venezuela title

Bethancourt has 2.25 ERA in Panama

Pirela leading Zulia toward Venezuela title

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

The number of Padres still playing winter ball is down to five.

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Padres finalize one-year deal with Cahill

San Diego designates Blash, but could retain him

Padres finalize one-year deal with Cahill

The Padres have agreed to a one-year deal for $1.75 million with right-hander Trevor Cahill.

Cahill, who turns 29 in March, posted a 2.74 ERA in 50 relief appearances (65 2/3 innings) for the Cubs last season, striking out 66 and walking 35. He did not pitch in the postseason as the Cubs won their first World Series title since 1908.

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

Solarte honored for strong spirit at BBWAA Dinner

Padres third baseman showed perseverance after wife's passing

Solarte honored for strong spirit at BBWAA Dinner

Padres third baseman Yangervis Solarte was recognized for his perseverance Thursday night in Boston, where he received the Tony Conigliaro Award at the chapter's annual Baseball Writers' Association of America Dinner.

Solarte was selected in December as the 18th person to win the honor, which is given each year to "the Major Leaguer who has overcome adversity through the attributes of spirit, determination and courage."

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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.

Baseball world mourns Ventura, Marte

Baseball world mourns Ventura, Marte

The baseball world mourned the unexpected deaths of Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura and third baseman Andy Marte on Sunday.

Ventura, 25, died in a car crash in the Dominican Republic on Sunday. Marte, 33, also died in a separate car crash Sunday in the Dominican Republic.

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Jesse Sanchez has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Padres' trio preparing for WBC 2017

Chacin (Venezuela), Naylor, Romak (Canada) could advance to 2nd round at Petco Park

Padres' trio preparing for WBC 2017

SAN DIEGO -- At least three players from the Padres' organization will take part in the World Baseball Classic this year -- and all three could play games at Petco Park, if they advance past the first round.

Right-hander Jhoulys Chacin, who signed with the club in December, will pitch for Venezuela, sources said. Minor Leaguers Josh Naylor and Jamie Romak will play for Canada.

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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.

5 reasons Hoffman reaches Hall next year

5 reasons Hoffman reaches Hall next year

SAN DIEGO -- The disappointment in Padres country was palpable following Wednesday's announcement that legendary closer Trevor Hoffman had missed out on the Hall of Fame by five measly votes.

"I don't take being on the ballot lightly," Hoffman said in a statement. "I'm grateful for every vote, and I'm truly humbled to have come so close. I hope to one day soon share a Hall of Fame celebration with my family and friends."

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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 set up for 2018 Hall of Fame induction

This year's vote a disappointment, but ...

Hoffman set up for 2018 Hall of Fame induction

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

I am both ticked and encouraged today.

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Padres lock up Myers through at least 2022

Padres lock up Myers through at least 2022

SAN DIEGO -- It's official: The face of the Padres is set to remain in San Diego for at least six more seasons.

Wil Myers and the Padres finalized a six-year extension on Tuesday worth $83 million, the most lucrative contract in Padres history. The deal -- which covers three of Myers' arbitration years and three years of free agency -- also includes a $20 million team option for the 2023 season.

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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' Margot eyes leap to bigs for good

Outfield prospect could compete for roster spot this spring

Padres' Margot eyes leap to bigs for good

SAN DIEGO -- There's a chance Manuel Margot could man the Petco Park outfield for a long, long time. But the 22-year-old rookie will never forget his first chance to do so.

The Padres' top hitting prospect played his first game at his parent club's home stadium during this past summer's All-Star festivities. He took part in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game and stole the show in front of the home fans, robbing a home run with a great catch in the bottom of the sixth inning.

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Happily Trevor after: HOFfman eyes '18

Happily Trevor after: HOFfman eyes '18

SAN DIEGO -- Trevor Hoffman, one of the greatest relief pitchers of all time, came just shy of closing out his Hall of Fame legacy on Wednesday.

In his second year on the ballot, the legendary Padres closer fell a mere five votes short of the 332 required for induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

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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.

Winter updates on Bethancourt, Pirela

Catcher playing left field and pitching in Panama

Winter updates on Bethancourt, Pirela

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

Christian Bethancourt has played 10 games -- seven as a left fielder and three as a relief pitcher -- in Panama as he begins an effort to become a hybrid catcher/pitcher/outfielder.

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Espinoza among top RHP prospects

Reyes overtakes Giolito for top spot, Glasnow remains at No. 2

Espinoza among top RHP prospects

MLBPipeline.com will unveil its 2017 Top 100 Prospects list on Saturday, Jan. 28, with a one-hour show on MLB Network at 8 p.m. ET. Leading up to the release, we look at baseball's top 10 prospects at each position.

Lucas Giolito headlined last year's list of the Top 10 right-handed pitching prospects, followed by Tyler Glasnow and Alex Reyes, respectively. That same trio checks in at the top of this year's list, too, only in a different order.

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

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Richard Justice

Hall's bells should ring for Trevor in '18

Hall's bells should ring for Trevor in '18

Hang in there, Trevor Hoffman. You're going to get into the Hall of Fame very soon now. There's pretty much no doubt about that.

How about next year? Yes, that sounds about right.

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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.

Solarte: SD, fans made extension easy choice

Third baseman grateful to community for support in wake of wife's death

Solarte: SD, fans made extension easy choice

SAN DIEGO -- Speaking publicly for the first time since signing a contract extension, Yangervis Solarte said he's "really happy, really grateful" to have secured his future in San Diego.

But the Padres' third baseman made one other thing clear: He is not satisfied yet.

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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: 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

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres unveiled their 2017 coaching staff on Monday, adding two new faces and a familiar one to fill three vacancies.

Johnny Washington, who spent the 2016 season as the hitting coach for Double-A San Antonio, will take over for Tarrik Brock as first-base coach. Former Padre Ramon Vazquez will work with the club's infielders. And Jonathan Mathews, who most recently spent three seasons in the D-backs' system, will work with the outfielders.

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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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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.

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.