Why is this happening? Is this gonna be forever?

After being snubbed by both Pablo Sandoval (BOS) and Yasmany Tomas (ARI) the Padres offseason looked to be just more of the same — overpromising and under-delivering — by the time the Winter Meetings started.

It was even reported that the new GM A.J. Preller’s laptop was broken right before the meetings started.  Out came the “Padres are too cheap to even replace a computer” jokes.

Padres’ fans started to show their frustration.  We all knew what this team needed to do, but it seemed that Preller was just like the old GM.  Refusing to drink the iced coffee instead of trying to upgrade the roster with quality players.

It was beginning to look like an almost exact repeat of the previous two offseasons, with only Brandon Morrow and Clint Barmes added as free agents for “roster depth.”

Clint Barmes

Padres sign IF Clint Barmes to a one-year, $1.5 million deal with a club option ($2 million or $200k buyout) for 2016

C’mon.  After Everth Cabrera was DFA, you didn’t really think the Padres were going to put all their faith in Alexi Amarista at shortstop, did you?  Although. Barmes is basically Amarista without the outfield experience.  He was basically signed for infield backup and as a veteran presence.

Why Clint Barmes?

Brandon Morrow

Padres sign RHP Brandon Morrow to a one-year, $2.5 million deal (with incentives)

Tim Stauffer Part Deaux, is what it boils down to.  Doesn’t cost much and if he doesn’t crack the rotation he’ll be the long reliever, most likely.

Brandon Morrow looking to make comeback with Padres

Then, the last day of the Winter Meetings happened.  And that all changed.  Big time.

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One

He’s weighing those options now, working through some decisions.

He said he was 100 percent, he was fine.

Then just that freak incident on the steps.

He had the bat in his hand and he felt something in his forearm.

Two

We have to hope for the best in the future.

Three

He’s structurally intact.

He’s feeling better, and he’s doing fine.

It’s just been a slower recovery for him than most.

He just ran out of season.

Let’s get him as strong as possible.

Four

He was a soccer player and didn’t quite understand what he needed to do.

It was a great learning year for him in a lot of areas.

He wasn’t quite there yet.

Five

There were stretches of really good pitching.

Maybe he needed that bigger stage to totally focus.

Six

We wanted to err on the side of caution.

He came in and was quite honest.

Nip this in the bud instead of trying to push something.

Seven

His at-bats can be conducted a little bit better.

He’s got to be ready for the fastball, be ready in fastball counts.

Here, he’s let some good fastballs go without a swing.

We know he’s got the raw power.

Eight

He needs to gain experience, which takes time.

There is going to be a time where he’s no longer a secret.

He’ll have to make adjustments.

Nine

He showed determination through his time here.

It’s been great to witness him grow up.

Always could be counted on to do the right thing.

Let’s hope that it happens for him here.

Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after spending an evening in the pub.  Then the game takes four hours and four minutes to complete nine innings, a Padres’ record for a home game.  So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (26-32) lost a snoozer of a game last night to the Pittsburgh Pirates (27-30) by a score of 10-3.  Tim Stauffer (2-2, 4.73) had his second bad game in a row as a starter, giving up 2 runs in 2 2/3 innings on 4 hits and 2 walks with 4 strikeouts.  Meanwhile, Pirates’ starter Charlie Morton (2-7, 3.31) had a no-hitter until the fifth inning, when Alexi Amarista broke it up with a leadoff single.

The Padres’ seven pitchers threw a total of 249 pitches, a new Padres record for a nine-inning game.  There were 6 batters hit by pitches, 3 per team, another Padres record.  Both teams combined to leave 27 men on base.  It was just a long night of bad baseball all around.

Tonight the Friars will send out rookie Jesse Hahn to make his Major League debut against the Bucs and Gerrit Cole (5-3, 3.80) at 7:10 pm PDT.  It’s Taco Tuesday, so we’ve got that going for us.  Which is nice.

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after spending an evening in the pub.  Then the FSSD crew admits to cheerleading from the booth and oh, brother.  So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (24-30) were defeated by the Arizona Diamondbacks (22-33) by a score of 12-6 last night. Tommy Medica continued his hot hitting in Arizona, going 3-5 with 3 RBI and missing the cycle by a single. He may have actually hit for it in another ballpark (definitely Petco Park), as he reached on what was scored an error in the second inning after Martin Prado had a hard time handling a ball Medica smoked to 3B.

Tim Stauffer (L, 2-1) started for the Padres and did not make it out of the first inning. He gave up 6 hits, 1 walk, and 7 earned runs, recording only one out via strikeout before being removed. All told, the Diamondbacks scored 8 runs in the 1st, 2 in the 2nd, and 2 more in the 7th.

Chase Anderson went for Arizona, pitching at Chase Field against Chase Headley and okay I’ll stop. He went 5, surrendering 8 hits, 4 runs (1 earned) while walking 1 and striking out 3. Not spectacular, but good enough to win when you’re spotted 8 in the 1st. Martin Prado and Paul Goldschmidt starred for Arizona, driving in 3 runs and hitting a 2-run home run each. Goldschmidt’s home run was a 470 foot bomb  off of the scoreboard in CF (which will likely feature in the highlights below). Sorry, bad at mystery and intrigue.

Mercifully The Padres are off today, beginning a series tomorrow in Chicago vs. the White Sox. Ian Kennedy (3-5, 3.59 ERA) takes on John Danks (3-4, 4.90 ERA). Game time is 5:10 P.M.

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after spending an evening in the pub.  And then you have a Cardiff Crack tri-tip sandwich while the Padres are scoring 11 runs and your world is changed.  So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (22-27) demolished the Chicago Cubs (17-29) last night, 11-1.  Tim Stauffer (2-0, 1.90) made his first start in two years in place of the injured Robbie Erlin, who was placed on the disabled list this week with the dreaded “elbow soreness.”  Stauffer pitched five scoreless innings, giving up only 2 hits and a walk with 5 strikeouts.

Cubs’ starter Edwin Jackson (3-4, 4.94) was roughed up, lasting four innings while giving up 8 earned runs on 9 hits and 2 walks.  Two of the nine hits were home runs by Yonder Alonso and Yasmani Grandal.  That was all the offense the Padres needed, but the brown 1984 jerseys had a few other runs in them to be unleashed.

Tonight, at 7:10 pm PDT, the Friars send out newcomer Billy Buckner to start against the Cubs and Travis Wood.  It’s Baseball Night in San Diego again, with every fan in attendance getting either a Tony Gwynn, Ed Whitson, Graig Nettles, Kevin McReynolds, or Steve Garvey replica brown 1984 jersey.

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Alternate title: 7 Crazy Arbitration Avoiding Numbers That Will SHOCK You To The Core

It’s everyone’s favorite time of year again! The Padres recently came to terms on one year deals with 5 players, which means all their arbitration eligible guys are signed save starter Andrew Cashner.

Economist Matt Swartz developed a system for projecting arbitration salaries and interestingly, there seems to be a pattern of Padre players receiving more money in deals to avoid arbitration than they were expected to be awarded. Printed on the internet here for your reading pleasure are the projected, actual, and how much more or less than projected dollars each arbitration eligible Padre received. Numbers are in millions.

Projected in arbitration Actual Difference
Chase Headley $10.00 $10.53 $0.53
Ian Kennedy $5.80 $6.10 $0.30
Eric Stults $3.00 $2.75 -$0.25
Andrew Cashner $2.40 ??? $0.00
Everth Cabrera $2.20 $2.45 $0.25
Tyson Ross $1.30 $1.98 $0.68
Tim Stauffer $1.20 $1.60 $0.40
Kyle Blanks $1.00 $0.99 -$0.01
Total $1.89

It’s worth keeping in mind that these salaries are negotiated between the team and the player based on expected arbitration awards. That means years of service is considered, plus all the weird stats that arbitration panels value for some reason. The Padres aren’t simply handing out raises that are arrived at, (ahem) arbitrarily.

And the increase isn’t likely to be Padres specific. I’m guessing higher revenues in the sport through cable television deals and the salary cap on amatuer players are the cause behind these bigger salary numbers, as we’ve seen increased costs per win on the free agent market as well.

In case you weren’t paying attention…

It’s Opening Day. Why are you reading this drivel?

Always enjoy responsibly. Don’t read and drive.

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At the FanFest garage sale back in February, my 6 year-old daughter informed me that she wanted a Padres poster for her wall. This excited me. I knew that it would provide opportunities for us to talk about a specific player throughout the season.

After approaching a table we began to unfurl posters. The first one looked absolutely perfect with a Padre diving head first into third base before, “Oh my good lord in heaven, hallowed be thy name! It was Orlando Hudson!” After reflex-gagging I quickly rolled up the visage of O-Dog and moved on to the next poster where I found a nice sanitized image of one of my personal favorites: Tim Stauffer.

Who better for a young person to root for than someone with honesty and integrity, not to mention, a fierce work ethic.

So we went ahead and purchased the Stauffer poster and hung it up on the wall.

Stauffer

Not too bad. The butterflies definitely accentuate the former Spider.

Tim Stauffer feels like such a constant in San Diego. As the longest tenured Padre, Stauf debuted in 2005 after arriving from the University of Richmond in 2003. I told the daughter that Tim Stauffer was a Richmond Spider. She said, “That’s gross.”

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