Yesterday I posted about Jesse Hahn probably being shut down for the year in September.  Later yesterday the Padres optioned Jesse to AA and called up LHP Frank Garces.  A coincidence, or action/reaction?

Challenge accepted.  Hey Padres – play Jace Peterson more!

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They probably need a better argument than just that. 

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In case you weren’t paying attention…

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Earlier today, while most of San Diego was just starting their work day, and while I was heading to Panera for my lunch break here in Cleveland, the news broke that the Padres had done exactly what it was expected they would do since late last week, inking free agent reliever Joaquin Benoit to a 2 year contract that will pay him $15.5 million.

It was a move I supported. It also is officially the largest guaranteed contract ever handed out to a free agent by the Padres. It also pushes the Padres projected payroll for 2014 close to $88 million, which would be another franchise record. Subject to change, of course, and changes could be coming very soon, as the Padres need to open up a space on the 40 man roster before they can officially add Benoit. Read More…

In case you weren’t paying attention…

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Last night, the deadline to offer contracts to arbitration-eligible players came, and went.  San Diego had 10 players in this bucket, running the gambit from ‘no doubt he’ll get tendered a contract’ to ‘well, I guess we’ll see what happens’.

The ten were Chase Headley, Eric Stults, Tim Stauffer, Luke Gregerson, Ian Kennedy, Tyson Ross, Andrew Cashner, Everth Cabrera, Kyle Blanks, and Jesus Guzman.  Turned out, all 10 were offered contracts for next year.

Stults and Stauffer signed one-year contracts with the team, as reported by Corey Brock, Bill Center, and elsewhere.  Everyone else is now in the first phase of the arbitration kabuki dance.  Based on last year’s performance, it’s highly likely Headley, Cashner, and Cabrera will submit to arbitration, meaning they’ll exchange salary figures in January.  Headley’s case will be mostly based on prior to 2013 performance, but Cashner and Cabrera will push the superior years they had last season.  Everth’s 50-game suspension will make for an interesting discussion point between Byrnes and Boras.  I’d love to be a fly on the wall for that conversation if it gets that far.  No Padre went to the hearing last season.

Gregerson, Kennedy, Ross?  They’ll probably not get to that point; I’d be mildly surprised if they submit for arbitration.

That brings us to Blanks and Guzman.  No way they submit for arbitration.  My initial reaction was why did they get tendered at all?

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Back in late September work had overtaken me.  So much so that I was barely keeping track of what was going on with the Padres.  But I did notice that during the last series with the Giants, Jesus Guzman homered.

Apparently I have an unhealthy fixation with Jesus Guzman.  First thought:  Jeez, Guzman homered again?   Second:  Man, Guzman has OWNED the Giants this year!

The first statement is obviously true – he had, indeed, homered again.  What about the second?

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“Dana, I’m what the world considers to be a phenomenally successful man, and I’ve failed much more than I’ve succeeded. And each time I fail, I get my people together, and I say, “Where are we going?” And it starts to get better.” – Calvin Traeger, Sports Night

Towards the end of the second and last season of the great, short-lived Aaron Sorkin dramedy Sports Night, fictional sports network CSC is bought out by a holding company named Quo Vadimus, owned by the character quoted above. Quo Vadimus is Latin for “where are we going?”, a question Padres fans should be starting to ask themselves as we wind down the 2013 season and start looking ahead. In a series of posts, I will ask that question and hope to provide some answers. This first installment will focus on who should stay, go, and be added to the Padres outfield. Read More…

The Padres ended up losing to Colorado 4-2 yesterday.  They had baserunners, got some timely hits for once, but couldn’t break on top.  One particularly painful sequence occurred in the top of the sixth inning, when singles by Jedd Gyorko and Jesus Guzman placed runners on the corners and no one out.  Logan Forsythe strode to the plate.

Logan reached for a outside 2-2 pitch, rolled over, and chopped it to third.  Hilarity ensued.  Rather than attempting to describe it, take a minute and watch:

(Padres eventual last gasp on 14 August)

The club didn’t place another runner in scoring position during the game.  It also led to this query from the venerable Jay Posner:

Yes.  Yes there is.  TOOTBLAN.

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