Listen to A.J. Preller talk enough, and you start to realize that he’s not necessarily all there in the moment. I don’t mean that negatively—I just mean that he’s probably thinking about something baseball-related as he finishes each sentence. His mouth is saying one thing, but deep inside his baseball-obsessed mind, synapses are firing at will about Dominican prospects and such.

The Padres had a press conference for Wil Myers earlier this week. Here, I’ve tried to figure out what Preller might have actually been thinking when he said various things.

What he said: Obviously, uh, here today to announce the—you know—to announce the signing of Wil Myers to a six-year contract extension.
What he was thinking: I wonder if there are any flights to Venezuela available tonight.

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Padres and Pints: the Podcast! semi triumphantly returns with old friend Jonah Keri. Rick and Chris get down to business chatting about the Wil Myers contract extension, the state of the Padres farm system, plus the snoozefest that is the 2017 Padres promotional lineup.

Jonah joins to discuss the history of Tim Raines Hall of Fame candidacy plus Trevor Hoffman’s chances next year. Jonah also spits an amazing rant on owner Dean Spanos’ “work” building a stadium to save the San Diego Chargers.

Check out Jonah’s podcast here.

Also, shout out to friend honorary family member of the podcast Megan Olivi for her appearance in this week’s episode of Always Sunny in Philadelphia!

(Outro music is Lipstick by Not My Weekend)

Discussed things:

San Diego Padres top prospects chat with Kyle Glaser of Baseball America

Chargers’ greed-driven L.A. move puzzling given several reasonable options to stay by Jonah Keri

If you have any questions or comments, leave them down below or e-mail us.

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It’s old news now, but both Wil Myers and Yangervis Solarte were signed to contract extensions recently. By Section 2, Clause 4b of the internet’s manual on baseball writing, we’re still allowed to write about it.

Myers inked the bigger deal: six years and $83 million with an option for a seventh year, a contract which buys out three—and potentially four—of his would-be free agent years.

It’s a good deal in a basic, big picture sense. Myers is fun and young and the Padres have money to spend. The payroll over the next couple of years is going to sink to near-embarrassing levels, and even though this deal won’t technically do much to raise it (for now), it’s still a good way for Padres brass to show that they’ll continue to shell out money when necessary.

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy during a Sunday afternoon at the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (68-94) scored fewer runs than the Arizona Diamondbacks (69-93), 3-2, in yesterday afternoon season finale at Chase Field.

Paul Clemens (4-5, 4.04) pitched six innings, allowing one run on four hits and two walks while striking out seven. Brandon Drury scored on a second inning Chris Owings groundout. Drury hit a solo home run in the eighth inning. In the ninth inning, Philip Gosselin‘s single drove in Socrates Brito to win the game for the Diamondbacks.

Matt Koch (1-1, 2.00) gave up one run in six innings on five hits and no walks with three strikeouts. Hunter Renfroe hit an RBI double to score Wil Myers in the fourth inning. Back-to-back doubles by Austin Hedges and Luis Sardinas in the seventh inning resulted in the Padres’ last run scored.

The Padres are off for the next 182 days as they travel to Los Angeles for four games against the Dodgers (0-0) at Dodger Stadium on April 3, 2017.

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy during an evening at the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (68-93) scored fewer runs than the Arizona Diamondbacks (68-93) last night in the second of three games at Chase Field, 9-5.

Clayton Richard (3-4, 3.33) gave up seven runs (four earned) on six hits and four walks in four and a third innings while striking out one batter. With the bases loaded and no outs in the first inning, Jean Segura scored on a passed ball, Brandon Drury hit an RBI single, and Yasmany Tomas hit a three-run home run. In the fifth inning, Segura scored again on a Chris Owings sacrifice fly and Paul Goldschmidt stole third base and scored on an error by Yangervis Solarte. Segura scored yet again in the seventh inning on another Owings sacrifice fly. Mitch Haniger hit a solo home run in the eighth inning.

Archie Bradley (8-9, 5.02) pitched seven innings, surrendering two runs on seven hits and no walks with eleven strikeouts. Solarte scored the Padres’ first run on a single by Carlos Asuaje in the second inning. In the third inning, Solarte’s double drove in Wil Myers. Jon Jay led off the eighth inning with a triple and scored on Myers single, Myers scored on a Hunter Renfroe double, and Renfroe scored on Derek Norris‘ single.

The final game of 2016 is this afternoon starting at 12:10pm PDT. Paul Clemens (4-5, 4.27) gets the start against Matt Koch (1-1, 2.25).

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy during an evening at the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (68-90) scored more runs than the Los Angeles Dodgers (90-68) in the second game of three at Petco Park, 6-5.

Luis Perdomo (9-10, 5.71) surrendered all five runs in five innings on seven hits and a walk with two strikeouts. Chase Utley led off the game with a solo home run and Adrian Gonzalez added another solo home run two outs later. Gonzalez hit an RBI double to score Corey Seager in the third inning. Joc Pederson hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning.

Jose De Leon (2-0, 6.35) lasted just two and a third innings, giving up five runs (three earned) on four hits and three walks with a strikeout. Hunter Renfroe had four RBI, the first two coming on a bases loaded single in the first inning to drive in Manuel Margot and Yangervis Solarte and Ryan Schimpf drove in Renfroe with a double. In the third inning, Renfroe hit a two-run home run onto the roof of the Western Metal Supply Company building, the first player to ever do so in a game. Margot scored the Padres’ final run in the fourth inning on a groundout by Wil Myers.

Tonight’s 2016 Petco Park season finale will have Christian Friedrich (5-10, 4.66) taking the mound against Julio Urias (5-2, 3.53) starting at 6:10pm PDT.

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy during a Sunday afternoon at the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (66-90) scored more runs than the San Francisco Giants (82-74) in their season series finale at Petco Park, 4-3.

Clayton Richard (3-3, 2.98) allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits and three walk in six inning with one strikeout. All three Giants’ runs came in the third inning: Kelby Tomlinson ground out with the bases loaded to drive in Trevor Brown and Buster Posey‘s two-run single scored Ty Blach and Eduardo Nunez.

Blach (0-0, 2.00) gave up two runs on four hits and three walks while striking out three in four innings. The Giants used six relievers, three of those in the last two innings. Manuel Margot hit a single to drive in Austin Hedges in the second inning. In the third inning, Adam Rosales hit a solo home run. A Yangervis Solarte single in the fifth inning scored Wil Myers. And Myers hit an RBI single in the seventh inning to drive in Margot with the go ahead run.

The Padres are off today. The Los Angeles Dodgers (90-66) come to Petco Park for the final time in 2016 for three games starting tomorrow at 7:10pm PDT. Paul Clemens (3-5, 4.48) gets the start in the first game against Jose De Leon (2-0, 5.52).

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy during an evening at the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were were drinking.

The Padres (65-89) scored more runs than the San Francisco Giants (81-73) in the second of four games at Petco Park, 7-2.

Edwin Jackson (5-6, 5.77) allowed two runs on four hits and five walks in six innings while striking out five. Buster Posey‘s two-RBI double in the fifth scored Denard Span and Angel Pagan.

Albert Suarez (3-5, 4.29) pitched four innings, giving up three runs on five hits and a walk with one strikeout. Wil Myers hit a three run home run with no outs in the first inning. The other four runs came off reliever Matt Reynolds, who gave up four hits and three walks while not recording an out in the fifth inning. Ryan Schimpf drew a bases-loaded walk that scored Jon Jay, a two-RBI single by Alex Dickerson drove in Carlos Asuaje and Myers, and an Austin Hedges sacrifice fly scored Schimpf.

Tonight starting at 5:40pm PDT, Jarred Cosart (0-4, 5.63) gets the start against Madison Bumgarner (14-9, 2.57) in the third game of the series.

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy during an evening at the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were were drinking.

The Padres (64-89) scored fewer runs than the San Francisco Giants (81-72), 2-1, in the first of four games at Petco Park.

Christian Friedrich (5-11, 4.66) pitched seven-plus innings, giving up two runs on three hits and three walks while striking out six. Friedrich started the eighth inning with a ground-rule double by Joe Panik and a single by Kelby Tomlinson. Brad Hand then relieved and a fielder’s choice groundout by Eduardo Nunez got Tomlinson. But Angel Pagan‘s single scored Panik and one out later a double by Hunter Pence brought Nunez home.

Jeff Samardzija (12-10, 3.83) shutout the Padres over seven innings, allowing four hits and no walks with nine strikeouts. Alex Dickerson hit a pinch-hit solo home run off Derek Law in the eighth inning.

Edwin Jackson (4-6, 6.00) gets the start in tonight’s second game against Albert Suarez (3-4, 4.16). First pitch is set for 7:40pm PDT.

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy during an evening at the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were were drinking.

The Padres (64-88) scored fewer runs than the Arizona Diamondbacks (64-88), 3-2, last night in the finale of their three-game series and the Diamondbacks last appearance of 2016 at Petco Park.

Luis Perdomo (8-10, 5.59) allowed three runs on five hits and no walks in seven innings while striking out two. All three runs came from Paul Goldschmidt home runs — a solo bomb in the first inning and a two-run shot in the sixth inning.

Zack Greinke (13-7, 4.37) gave up two runs on two hits and four walks while striking out seven in six innings. Wil Myers hit a two-run home run with Jon Jay on base in the third inning. The game featured the Major League debuts of Carlos Asuaje, Hunter Renfroe, and Manuel Margot for the Friars.

The San Francisco Giants (80-72) make their final trip to Petco Park of 2016 in the first of a four-game series starting tonight. Christian Friedrich (5-10, 4.78) gets the start tonight against Jeff Samardzija (11-10, 3.97) beginning at 7:10pm PDT.

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