Barmes signed on early to Padres' offseason makeover

Veteran shortstop brings playoff experience, versatile infield glove to revamped roster

Barmes signed on early to Padres' offseason makeover

SAN DIEGO -- Veteran infielder Clint Barmes signed his one-year, $1.6 million deal on Dec. 3 -- a little before the Padres became cool.

Newly hired general manager A.J. Preller had just begun remaking a club that has been one of the big newsmakers of the offseason.

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

Renfroe among Padres' quartet of young stars

Hedges, Turner and Wisler follow on MLB.com's Top 100 Prospects list

Renfroe among Padres' quartet of young stars

SAN DIEGO -- Four Padres were named on MLB.com's Top 100 Prospects list that was announced Friday night on MLB Network, led by outfielder Hunter Renfroe at No. 48. Catcher Austin Hedges ranks 51st, shortstop Trea Turner is 62nd and right-handed pitcher Matt Wisler is 69th, respectively.

The four prospects give the Padres 174 prospect points, ranking 15th among the 30 clubs. Prospect points are assigned to each ranked player as follows: 100 for No. 1, 99 for No. 2, 98 for No. 3, etc.

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Kotsay a hit early on in new job with Padres

Myers, Gyorko, Black effusive in praise of longtime big leaguer turned hitting coach

Kotsay a hit early on in new job with Padres

SAN DIEGO -- It's still a few weeks until the Padres find their way to Arizona for the beginning of Spring Training, yet new hitting coach Mark Kotsay has already made an impact.

Kotsay, two years removed from playing, has been a fixture this offseason at the batting cage at Petco Park, working with and speaking with the team's hitters.

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Groundskeepers fashion canvas for national pastime

Artistic touches enhance experience for fans watching at home or the ballpark

Groundskeepers fashion canvas for national pastime

DENVER -- Rockies head groundskeeper Mark Razum and his crew worked well into the night and went back to work the next morning on a special field design for star first baseman Todd Helton's final homestand in September 2013. The centerpiece was a large-scale impression of Helton's No. 17 in center field.

Helton thanked Razum in his own wisecracking way.

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Barry M. Bloom

Broadcasters Grant, Sterling strong after trying incidents

Broadcasters Grant, Sterling strong after trying incidents

PHOENIX -- John Sterling and Mark Grant sounded upbeat when reached on the phone during the past few days. Both had endured recent experiences of a much different nature that had a profound effect on their lives.

Sterling, the long-time radio play-by-play voice of the Yankees, saw his New Jersey apartment building, containing all of his worldly possessions, literally go up in flames.

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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.

Minaya joins Players Association to be advisor

Former GM leaves Padres after three years as senior advisor

Minaya joins Players Association to be advisor

Omar Minaya was hired by the Major League Baseball Players Association on Thursday to be senior advisor to executive director Tony Clark.

The 56-year-old Minaya has more than 30 years of off-the-field experience in baseball, with the past three as a senior advisor in baseball operations for the Padres.

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

Padres to don brown pinstripe uniforms for 5 games

Club announces promo schedule, with Salute to Military days among highlights

Padres to don brown pinstripe uniforms for 5 games

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres have decided to bring back the brown in 2015 -- well, at least on a limited basis.

The team announced Wednesday that on five Wednesday day games this season, Padres players will wear brown pinstripe uniforms -- the same style that was worn by teams from 1985-90. In-game music, graphics and other entertainment features will add to the "Way Back Wednesday" theme on these days.

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Richard Justice

Preller's moves put Padres atop offseason heap

New GM pulled off makeover to put San Diego in NL West conversation

Preller's moves put Padres atop offseason heap

The San Diego Padres have won the offseason. Even with James Shields still on the market, it's going to be difficult to overtake what new general manager A.J. Preller has done.

Other teams have also gotten better -- for instance, the Chicago Cubs. Their hiring of Joe Maddon as manager may end up being the smartest thing any team did over these last few months.

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Padres counting on bounceback year from Gyorko

Padres counting on bounceback year from Gyorko

SAN DIEGO -- For as much has been made, and rightfully so, about the Padres' revamped lineup this offseason, the team won't solely rely on the newcomers to improve what was a woeful offense in 2014.

If the Padres are to make headway in the National League West, they'll need some significant bounceback seasons from the incumbents as well, none more notable than second baseman Jedd Gyorko.

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Renfroe No. 9 on MLB Pipeline's Top 10 OF Prospects list

Twins' Buxton leads list again, followed by Pederson (Dodgers), Soler (Cubs), Winker (Reds)

Renfroe No. 9 on MLB Pipeline's Top 10 OF Prospects list

MLBPipeline.com's 2015 Top 100 Prospects list will be unveiled on Friday, Jan. 30, on MLB.com, with the Top 50 revealed during a one-hour show on MLB Network at 9 p.m. ET. Leading up to that, MLBPipeline.com takes a look at baseball's Top 10 prospects at each position.

The top 10 outfielders list annually has some of the most athletic and exciting prospects in the Minor Leagues, and this year is no different. Though half of the players on last year's preseason list lost their rookie eligibility in 2014, the other half returns, led by last year's No. 1 overall prospect, Byron Buxton.

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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.

Valverde, top prospects among Padres' spring invites

Former All-Star closer, Elbert, Wallace part of experienced contingent to get chance with Friars

Valverde, top prospects among Padres' spring invites

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres have extended Major League Spring Training invitations to 18 players, several with big league experience and a handful of their top prospects.

The team has signed eight Minor League free agents, including right-handed pitcher Jose Valverde and left-handed pitcher Scott Elbert in addition to infielder Brett Wallace.

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Kemp talks to Larry King about leaving LA, joining SD

Kemp talks to Larry King about leaving LA, joining SD

SAN DIEGO -- New Padres outfielder Matt Kemp touched on several topics recently during a interview for "Larry King Now," including his departure from the only organization he's ever known and his new start in San Diego.

And while Kemp admitted to being "shocked" at the Dec. 18 deal, a five-player trade between National League West rivals, he wasn't entirely surprised he was dealt after 12 years with the organization.

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Padres to televise 10 spring games on FSSD

Nine matchups from Arizona, exhibition vs. Mexican League team on broadcast schedule

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres announced their Spring Training television broadcast schedule on Friday, with 10 games set to be shown live during exhibition play.

Fox Sports San Diego will produce and televise nine Cactus League games from Arizona and one game from Petco Park, on April 4 when the Padres face the Mexico City Diablos Rojos.

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Jim Callis

Hedges No. 4 on MLB Pipeline's Top 10 C Prospects list

Red Sox's Swihart sits atop list, followed by Rangers' Alfaro and Cubs' Schwarber

Hedges No. 4 on MLB Pipeline's Top 10 C Prospects list

MLBPipeline.com's 2015 Top 100 Prospects list will be unveiled on Friday, Jan. 30, on MLB.com, with the Top 50 revealed during a one-hour show on MLB Network at 9 p.m. ET. Leading up to that, MLBPipeline.com takes a look at baseball's Top 10 prospects at each position.

Though only one catcher (Blake Swihart of the Red Sox) fits in the top 40 spots on MLBPipeline.com's upcoming 2015 Top 100 Prospects list, talent behind the plate actually runs deep. The Minors are teeming with backstops who have the tools to contribute offensively and defensively in the big leagues in the near future. This list could see a lot of turnover a year from now, as Christian Bethancourt figures to be the Braves' starter and Swihart, Kevin Plawecki (Mets) and J.T. Realmuto (Marlins) could be playing regularly in the Majors by season's end.

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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' single-game tickets on sale Feb. 6

Padres' single-game tickets on sale Feb. 6

SAN DIEGO -- Single-game tickets for the upcoming season will go on-sale to the general public at 9 a.m. PT on Feb. 6, the Padres announced Thursday.

Tickets will be available at padres.com.

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All-Star Game held special place in Gwynn's heart

Late Padres legend selected to 15 Midsummer Classics in Hall of Fame career

All-Star Game held special place in Gwynn's heart

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

Tony Gwynn loved the All-Star Game.

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White 'invigorated' by move to Padres' front office

White 'invigorated' by move to Padres' front office

SAN DIEGO -- A new zip code, a new organization and a new job title -- actually, make that two new job titles -- have done more than revitalize Logan White.

"The whole thing, coming down here, has invigorated me," said White, the Padres' senior advisor and professional scouting director. "It's been a lot of fun. We haven't won a game yet, but it's been fun to work at it and fun to see the excitement here in San Diego."

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Padres' Jones remembers special 1976 All-Star Game

Padres' Jones remembers special 1976 All-Star Game

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

Randy Jones has special reason to look forward to the 2016 All-Star Game at Petco Park.

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Team effort helps Padres land 2016 All-Star Game

Team effort helps Padres land 2016 All-Star Game

SAN DIEGO -- From his very first conversation with Commissioner Bud Selig after taking over as executive chairman of the Padres in 2012, Ron Fowler persistently peppered Selig about what it would take to get an All-Star Game in San Diego.

At least once, Fowler said Friday, he got the sneaking suspicion Selig might have been growing tired of the subject.

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Padres avoid arbitration with seven players

Amarista gets two-year deal, while Kennedy, Ross, Cashner, others sign for one

Padres avoid arbitration with seven players

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres on Friday agreed to one-year contracts for the 2015 season with six players and a two-year deal through 2016 with Alexi Amarista, avoiding arbitration with all of their eligible players.

The six players to agree to one-year deals for 2015 are right-handers Andrew Cashner, Shawn Kelley, Ian Kennedy, Tyson Ross and Dale Thayer, and infielder Yonder Alonso.

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All-Star Game memories from 1978 and 1992

All-Star Game memories from 1978 and 1992

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

If history repeats itself -- and early planning indicates it should -- the Padres' third All-Star Game, on July 12, 2016, should be a milestone event for baseball as well as San Diego.

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Padres' Petco Park selected to host '16 All-Star Game

Owners excited to bring event back to 'America's Finest City' for first time since '92

Padres' Petco Park selected to host '16 All-Star Game

PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. -- San Diego, colloquially known as "America's Finest City," has been awarded Major League Baseball's 2016 All-Star Game, Commissioner Bud Selig announced on Thursday.

It will be the third time the Padres will host the Midsummer Classic and first at Petco Park, which opened in the East Village section of downtown in 2004. The 1978 and '92 games were played at what is now called Qualcomm Stadium in Mission Valley. The Padres expanded into the National League in 1969 along with the old Montreal Expos.

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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.

San Diego to host first All-Star Game since 1992

Gwynn one of five Padres in city's last ASG; Petco Park to host for the first time

San Diego to host first All-Star Game since 1992

The American League was on a roll going into the 1992 All-Star Game. The AL, after having been dominated for more than two decades in the Midsummer Classic, had won four in a row and that winning streak was extended in the last All-Star Game played in San Diego.

In the '92 game, there were 59,372 in attendance at Jack Murphy Stadium and they were still getting settled when the AL scored four runs in the first inning on their way to a 13-6 victory over the National League in the 63rd Midsummer Classic.

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T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Padres' Top 10 All-Star moments

Gwynn's performance in '94 Classic tops list

Padres' Top 10 All-Star moments

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

Tony Gwynn had a number of great games during his Hall of Fame career.

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Amarista, Noel, Torres lead Padres in Winter League playoffs

Amarista, Noel, Torres lead Padres in Winter League playoffs

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

Eight members of the Padres' organization -- led by Alexi Amarista, Rico Noel and Alex Torres -- remain active as the Latin American Winter League playoffs approach the Caribbean World Series.

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Take a visual trip back to the '92 ASG in San Diego

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Take a visual trip back to the '92 ASG in San Diego

In the final weeks of his tenure as Commissioner, Bud Selig announced Thursday that the 2016 All-Star Game will be played at the Padres' Petco Park in San Diego.

Petco hasn't hosted the ASG before, but San Diego certainly has -- once in 1978, and most recently in 1992 at Jack Murphy Stadium. As we look ahead to 2016, why not take a moment to reminisce? Here's a look back at that 1992 game, in all it's retro '90s glory. 

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Goebbert clears waivers, sent to Triple-A

Goebbert clears waivers, sent to Triple-A

First baseman-outfielder Jake Goebbert, whom the Padres designated for assignment last week to make room for right-handed pitcher Josh Johnson, has cleared waivers and been assigned to the Friars' Triple-A club in El Paso, the club announced Wednesday.

Goebbert, 27, batted .218 with one home run and 10 RBIs in 51 games last season -- his first in the Major Leagues. He hit .273 with three RBIs and a .385 on-base percentage in his 26 pinch-hit plate appearances. Goebbert batted .296 with 14 homers and 60 RBIs in 79 games in Triple-A with the Athletics and Padres organizations.

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Padres to play Mexican team during FanFest

Exhibition vs. Diablos Rojos joins autographs, forums, on-field activities

Padres to play Mexican team during FanFest

The Padres' 2015 FanFest presented by State Farm is set for April 4 -- coinciding with an exhibition game against the Mexico City Red Devils (Diablos Rojos) -- at Petco Park.

Fans will have a chance to meet a reconstructed Padres team, as well as see the new video board in the ballpark.

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