Last week came the announcement that the Padres had made room on the 40-man roster by designating Jaff Decker, Brad Brach, & Miles Mikolas (along with Jose De Paula) for assignment. That meant the Padres had the following options:

  • Return the player to the 40-man roster within 10 days from the date of designation, or
  • Make one of the following contractual moves:
    1. Place the player on waivers (which can only be done within the first 7 days of the 10-day period)
    2. Trade the player
    3. Release the player
    4. Outright the player from the 40-man roster into the Minor Leagues

The news came as something of a shock to some, as all three had accrued some Major League time. But I had no problem with it, as the Padres have a glut of talent to protect on the 40-man and only 40 spots to do it with. And, to be honest, it’s a nice problem to have.

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It’s that time of year where major leagues clubs have to make decisions on who they want the protect from being taken in the Rule 5 Draft. And the Padres made some hard choices today.

Added were starting pitchers Josh Johnson, Donn Roach, Keyvius Sampson, and Juan Oramas.

Keyvius Sampson (Photo courtesy of

Gone are 2B Dean Anna, relief pitchers Brad BrachMiles Mikolas, & Jose De Paula, and OF Jaff Decker.


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Today’s article is inspired by long-time Ducksnorts reader Robby Deming:

Robby raises a good question, which I’ll attempt to answer in a moment. But first, how weak was last year’s Padres bullpen? Acknowledging that ERA is an imperfect representation of reliever performance, here’s how Padres bullpens have fared during the Petco Park era: Read More…

Today is a special Vocal Minority double your pleasure day. Don’t expect that very often.

There are some Padres fans who I’m hearing from who think we here at Padres Public, and specifically David and myself at The Vocal Minority, need to get down to business, take on the Padres organization and blogosphere, and really spark a serious change in the Padres and Padres fandom. Right now. Well, I appreciate the sentiment and I take the idea that we’re even capable as a compliment, but screw that. It’s February. There’s still snow on the ground in Cleveland. I want to write about something stupid.

On Friday, David valiantly filled in for Ray for #SezBill, and the highlight of the post was his brain’s initial confusion of breakout with breakfast, declaring Yonder Alonso the Breakfast Player of the Year for 2013. My first thought was, that’s awesome. My second thought was, not so fast (get it, Yonder is slow). We need to put a lot more thought into this. Sorry Yonder, you don’t just get to be #SezBill’s breakout player of the year candidate and our Breakfast Player of the Year too. Let’s throw some batter on the griddle and really settle this hash.

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