Ross pitches in for kids impacted by homelessness

Padres All-Star righty hosts pizza party for school's monthly birthday bash

Ross pitches in for kids impacted by homelessness

SAN DIEGO -- It's a safe bet that if you queried the 300 or so students who devoured pizza and cupcakes at the Monarch School last week, they would tell you that Tyson Ross' best pitch of 2014 was his knack for swiftly handing out slices and dishing autographs.

Ross, coming off a breakthrough season, which included making his first All-Star team, was a hit on Nov. 20 when he stopped by the school for its monthly Butterfly Birthday Celebration and pizza party.

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

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Padres shift offseason focus to trade market

Seeking offensive help, Boston's Cespedes emerges as potential match

Padres shift offseason focus to trade market

SAN DIEGO -- After trying unsuccessfully to sign free agent Pablo Sandoval to what would have been the largest contract in club history, the Padres didn't have much time or interest in licking their wounds this week.

Instead, they got back to looking for alternatives to address their most glaring offseason need -- finding help to infuse a moribund offense that was the worst in the game in 2014.

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

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Grandal, Renfroe keeping their bats warm

Grandal, Renfroe keeping their bats warm

Don Welke didn't see Yasmani Grandal play while in the Dominican Republic recently to scout Yasmany Tomas. But the Padres' vice president of scouting operations heard good things about the play of the switch-hitting catcher Grandal, who has returned to the United States after hitting .328 with a .469 on-base percentage with Este in winter league play.

"The reports were all good on Grandal," said Welke. "He looked sharper offensively and defensively. You know he's doing good when quite a few teams express interest in him. I think he's got a chance to have a lot of impact."

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Bill Center is a contributor to MLB.com This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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McGriff hopes to gain traction with Hall voters

Consistent first baseman on ballot for sixth year

McGriff hopes to gain traction with Hall voters

Fred McGriff is a candidate on the National Baseball Hall of Fame ballot for the sixth year. The results will be announced exclusively on MLB Network and simulcast on MLB.com live on Jan. 6 at 2 p.m. ET.

For nearly two decades and across two leagues, there was a first baseman who quietly delivered consistent power year after year, and his name was Fred McGriff. With a smooth but potent stroke that delivered power at a steady rate, McGriff was 30-35 homers waiting to happen for more than a decade and deep into his career, and not many players can say that, now or then.

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John Schlegel is a national reporter for MLB.com. You can follow him on Twitter @JohnSchlegelMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Garvey's clutch HR tops list of Padres' best games

Game-winning shot gives club momentum to win 1984 NLCS

Garvey's clutch HR tops list of Padres' best games

After identifying Games 6-10 of my Top 10 Padres games, here's Nos. 1-5.

1. Steve Garvey gives Padres momentum-shifting boost in 1984
(Padres 7, Cubs 5; Oct. 6, 1984, Jack Murphy Stadium, San Diego)

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Bill Center is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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First time on Hall ballot for former Padres outfielder Giles

First time on Hall ballot for former Padres outfielder Giles

The newest list of candidates for the Hall of Fame's Class of 2015 is headlined by dominant pitchers like Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz, as well as power hitter Gary Sheffield.

But beyond the stars, others who had stellar Major League careers also are eligible for the first time. Although they didn't throw with Johnson's velocity or swing with Sheffield's ferocity, at one time or another, many of them carried their clubs and will forever be remembered by baseball fans.

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Adam Berry and Cash Kruth are reporters for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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With Panda off market, Padres must look elsewhere for offense

Sandoval has reportedly agreed to a five-year deal with Red Sox

With Panda off market, Padres must look elsewhere for offense

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres' fast and furious flirtation with free agent Pablo Sandoval is over, with their big offensive target this offseason heading to the Red Sox on a five-year deal.

The Padres made a "very competitive offer" for Sandoval on Friday, a baseball source told MLB.com, as general manager A.J. Preller met with Sandoval's agent, Gustavo Vazquez, in South Florida. In fact, the San Francisco Chronicle said that the Padres had the highest offer among teams bidding for Sandoval.

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

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Cashner's perfecto bid among top Padres games

NL pennant clincher in 1984 also ranks on list of most important contests

Cashner's perfecto bid among top Padres games

This assignment grew tougher the more I thought about it:

Pick the 10 most important games in Padres history.

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Bill Center is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Padres make Minors trade among roster moves

Club acquires Bartsch from Royals, adds three to 40-man, designates Boyer

Padres make Minors trade among roster moves

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres tidied up their 40-man roster on Thursday in advance of the Rule 5 Draft next month, pulling off a trade, adding three to the roster while shedding two other players.

The Padres traded outfielder Reymond Fuentes to the Royals in exchange for left-handed pitcher Kyle Bartsch. Bartsch, 23, was 5-5 with seven saves and a 2.29 ERA last season with Class A Advanced Wilmington.

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

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MLB.com Columnist

Jim Callis

Renfroe, Turner rank among top prospects from AFL

Renfroe, Turner rank among top prospects from AFL

The 23rd edition of the Arizona Fall League wrapped up with Salt River's win in the championship game over Peoria on Saturday. Once again, the AFL was jam packed with elite-level prospects.

That made putting together a top prospects list fairly easy. There were so many good players, it was decided to expand the list to a top 25, up from the typical 20. The list was compiled by Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Teddy Cahill, along with feedback from a number of scouts who covered the league this fall. This list is more about long-term potential, but AFL performances were certainly taken into account.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com and writes a blog, Callis' Corner. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayoB3 on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Padres strongly considering keeping Ross, Cashner

Starting pitchers eligible for arbitration; club seeking way to upgrade offense

Padres strongly considering keeping Ross, Cashner

SAN DIEGO -- While there's certainly no nebulous area in regards to the Padres' biggest offseason need -- offense -- the team might be rethinking the way it goes about addressing it.

Instead of trading starting pitchers Tyson Ross or Andrew Cashner to upgrade the offense, the Padres are giving strong consideration to keeping both arbitration-eligible players, a baseball source told MLB.com.

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

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Renfroe among Padres to shine in offseason leagues

Outfield prospect led Arizona Fall League in slugging percentage, extra-base hits

Renfroe among Padres to shine in offseason leagues

Right fielder Hunter Renfroe, the Padres' No. 4 prospect, finished the Arizona Fall League with the league's highest slugging percentage (.569) and most extra-base hits (16) while tying for the home run title (six).

The 22-year-old Renfroe was named the AFL's Player of the Week during the fifth week of the season, when he hit .333 with three home runs and 11 RBIs.

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Bill Center is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Smith's fast start kept Padres' offense afloat in 2014

Smith's fast start kept Padres' offense afloat in 2014

There is no question that Seth Smith carried the Padres' offense during the first two months of the 2014 season.

Through the first 56 games, Smith hit .309, which was exactly 110 points higher than the collective effort of everyone else swinging a bat for the Padres. He accounted for 20 percent of all the runs scored for the Padres and 11 percent of the total hits.

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Bill Center is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Cashner has sights set on first no-hitter for Padres

Pitching for only remaining franchise without feat, righty has stuff to get it done

Cashner has sights set on first no-hitter for Padres

Andrew Cashner is electric. You can feel it in the air on days when Cashner is scheduled to pitch. Could this be the day of the first no-hitter in Padres history?

Cashner has the triple-digit velocity, the command and the stuff to make it happen. He also has chutzpah to make it happen.

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Bill Center is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Gwynn's brew on tap for San Diego Beer Week

AleSmith releasing product late Hall of Fame outfielder helped create

Gwynn's brew on tap for San Diego Beer Week

SAN DIEGO -- In March, Peter Zien, owner and CEO of San Diego's AleSmith Brewing Company, received a phone call from a local attorney who said his client was interested in collaborating on a beer.

The attorney, as Zien explained it, had seen Zien speak to a group four or five years ago and liked what he stood for and felt he and his client would be a good match.

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

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MLB.com Columnist

Jim Callis

Top performances, prospects from 2014 Fall League

A team-by-team breakdown of who impressed and how each club's top player fared

Top performances, prospects from 2014 Fall League

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Arizona Fall League is known as baseball's finishing school because it has graduated a ton of talent to the Major Leagues since it began play in 1992. The AFL has produced 212 All-Stars, including 35 in this year's Midsummer Classic, 25 Rookies of the Year, 13 MVPs and five Cy Young Award winners.

Based on the quality of the talent in the AFL this year, more big leaguers and stars are on the way. The league wrapped up its 23rd season on Saturday, with the Salt River Rafters outlasting the Peoria Javelinas, 14-7, for their fourth title and first since 2011.

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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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Padres post winning bid for Korean pitcher Kim

Padres post winning bid for Korean pitcher Kim

South Korean pitcher Kwang-hyun Kim may be headed to San Diego after his club, SK Wyverns, accepted the Padres' $2 million bid for the 26-year-old left-hander. The team told Major League Baseball of its decision on Thursday.

The Padres now have 30 days to sign Kim to a contract. If he remains unsigned through the negotiation period, he will return to the Korea Baseball Organization, and the Padres won't have to pay the posting fee.

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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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McBurney's software helping Friars gain edge

McBurney's software helping Friars gain edge

Chances are, you don't know Brian McBurney and have never seen him. But if you're a Padres fan and you follow the team closely, you might be aware of his work.

McBurney, 32, is a developer, baseball systems for the team. He was hired in March 2011, meaning he's working under his third general manager -- first hired by Jed Hoyer, worked under Josh Byrnes and now is working with first-year GM A.J. Preller.

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

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Renfroe among Padres enjoying productive fall

Prospect red hot in AFL; Grandal, Maybin swinging well in Dominican Republic

Renfroe among Padres enjoying productive fall

Outfielder Hunter Renfroe was named the Player of the Week in the Arizona Fall League, while big weeks for Este pushed the batting averages of Yasmani Grandal and Cameron Maybin above .300 in the Dominican Republic.

Renfroe, 22, the 13th overall pick in the 2013 Draft, had three homers and two, five-RBI games for the Surprise Saguaros in the penultimate week of the AFL season. The AFL Championship Game will be played Saturday and the Saguaros still have a chance to win the AFL West.

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Bill Center is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Conner named Padres' new scouting director

Former regional supervisor joined organization as area scout in 2010

PHOENIX -- The Padres did not have to look far for their new scouting director, as they promoted regional supervisor Mark Conner on Monday.

Conner replaces Billy Gasparino, who recently left to join the Dodgers in a similar capacity.

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Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Padres' Renfroe named AFL Player of the Week

San Diego's No. 4 prospect hit three homers, had 11 RBIs while batting .333 in Week No. 5

Padres' Renfroe named AFL Player of the Week

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Hunter Renfroe was the 13th overall pick by the San Diego Padres in the 2013 Draft, but the number that might be unlucky for some has not affected him in the least.

The young right fielder has put up solid numbers in his first two pro seasons, and is currently making a statement in the Arizona Fall League for the Surprise Saguaros.

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Don Ketchum is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Construction begins on Petco's new video board

Construction begins on Petco's new video board

It's not yet known who will be wearing a Padres uniform on Opening Day on April 9, but Petco Park will be everything it can be.

The Nov. 6 announcement of the construction of a left field video board -- plus other improvements -- puts the climactic touches on the renovation of Petco Park.

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Bill Center is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Padres prospect Turner sparks Surprise bats

Shortstop goes 5-for-5 in Arizona Fall League win over Mesa

Padres prospect Turner sparks Surprise bats

Trea Turner knew he wasn't going to play every day in the Arizona Fall League.

So the 21-year-old shortstop, whom the Padres selected No. 13 overall in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, is using his time in Arizona to hone his game. And when Turner gets the chance to start and play, the hope is that all that work can be seen.

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

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Bernie Pleskoff

Renfroe has potential to be mainstay in right field

Former first-round Draft pick has power, outstanding coordination

Renfroe has potential to be mainstay in right field

In each of his four years playing baseball at Copiah Academy in Gallman, Miss., Hunter Renfroe hit at least .400. An outstanding athlete, he also played basketball, football and ran track. Versatile and talented, Renfroe was used as a catcher, a pitcher and as an outfielder.

The Boston Red Sox selected Renfroe in the 31st round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft out of high school. Instead of signing with the Red Sox, he attended Mississippi State University, where he helped lead the team to the 2013 College World Series finals.

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Bernie Pleskoff has served as a professional scout for the Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners. Follow @BerniePleskoff on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Padres make adjustments to 40-man roster

Stults, Roach designated for assignment; Moore elects free agency

Padres make adjustments to 40-man roster

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres did a little housekeeping on their 40-man roster Monday, reinstating four players from the disabled list while also designating two pitchers for assignment.

The Padres reinstated right-handed pitcher Casey Kelly, left-handed pitcher Cory Luebke, outfielder Carlos Quentin and infielder Yonder Alonso from the 60-day disabled list.

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

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Padres' Cabrera charged with resisting arrest

Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera has been charged with resisting arrest stemming from a Sept. 3 incident when he was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence of marijuana.

According to The Associated Press, the San Diego County district attorney's office does not plan to pursue DUI charges against Cabrera.

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Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Renfroe rolls, contributes to huge day in AFL

Prospect hits two homers, one inside-the-parker, as Surprise puts 19 runs on the board

Renfroe rolls, contributes to huge day in AFL

GLENDALE, Ariz. - Padres prospect Hunter Renfroe led the way as the Surprise Saguaros passed the Glendale Desert Dogs for first place in the Arizona Fall League's West Division on Monday.

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

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Preller set for first Hot Stove season as Padres' GM

New Friars boss tasked with upgrading squad for 2015, especially at the plate

Preller set for first Hot Stove season as Padres' GM

SAN DIEGO -- A.J. Preller has been on the job as general manager of the Padres for nearly three months, assembling his staff, adding new faces, retaining others, while holding numerous meetings with the team's player-development and baseball-operations staff, shaping the vision of the front office.

Now comes the practical application part of the job, with the chance to mold the 25-man roster for 2015 and beyond. The Hot Stove season has arrived in time for Preller to tackle the task of trying to assemble a team that can get back to the postseason for the first time since '06.

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

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Padres decline option on JJ, but return possible

Padres decline option on JJ, but return possible

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres have declined their option on right-handed pitcher Josh Johnson for 2015, but that doesn't necessarily close the door on him returning to San Diego.

The Padres held a $4 million option on Johnson, who will turn 31 in January, a stipulation in the contract that he signed last winter with the team if he made seven or fewer starts in 2014.

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

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