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…