The Padres' most coveted trade chip in recent memory is no longer a trade chip. Brad Hand is headed to Cleveland. So is Adam Cimber. On Thursday morning, the Padres finalized a trade sending relievers Hand and Cimber to the Indians for MLB Pipeline's No. 15 prospect Francisco Mejia.
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The Padres have already landed MLB Pipeline's top-ranked catching prospect ahead of the July 31 Trade Deadline. And they might not be done dealing.
Following the break, the Padres will open their second half in Philadelphia with a three-game set against the Phillies. Clayton Richard gets the ball in the opener at 4:05 p.m. PT on Friday. Richard chewed up 124 innings in the first half, the most by a Padres starter since Tyson Ross and Ian Kennedy did so in 2014.
For much of his career, Trevor Hoffman was closing games long after many baseball fans had gone to sleep. If he took the mound at 10 p.m. on the West Coast, that was 1 a.m. on the East Coast. And Hoffman's prime seasons were before the heyday of MLB Network, MLB.com and other online sites with national writers.
The days leading up to the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline always feature a handful of twists and turns. Even for those involved in the day-to-day operations of clubs, the Deadline can be hard to predict.
Third baseman Christian Villanueva finished the first half of the season with two Padres' rookie records.
In an episode of the "Beyond the Booth" podcast posted Monday morning, San Diego executive chairman Ron Fowler joined host Jesse Agler to discuss a number of issues surrounding the club -- one of which centered on research regarding the team's uniforms.
Who do the Padres have in the pipeline? Get scouting reports, video, stats, projected ETAs and more for San Diego's Top 30 Prospects on MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Watch.
Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Monday.
The ball wasn't flying out of Nationals Park quite as frequently as it did during Bryce Harper's heroic hometown homer binge a night earlier, but it was flying all the same in a dinger-driven, record-breaking 89th All-Star Game presented by Mastercard on Tuesday night.
Making his second consecutive appearance for the National League in Tuesday's 89th All-Star Game Presented by Mastercard, which the American League won, 8-6, Brand Hand took the mound at Nationals Park hoping to repeat his spotless performance in 2017.
Fernando Tatis Jr. at short, Luis Urias at second. That's the way the San Diego Padres hope to line 'em up one day at Petco Park, and that's the alignment the World Team utilized up the middle for the start of the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game on Sunday at Nationals Park.
Futures Gamer Reed discusses hockey career
A month ago, the Padres rode a streak of five straight series victories to pull within four games of .500. They weren't serious contenders in the NL West at the time, but they weren't too far off. Their play on the field -- solid in every facet -- sparked all sorts of optimism. In the span of a few weeks, that's changed in a big way. Following a 7-4 loss to the Cubs on Sunday afternoon at Petco Park, the Padres enter the All-Star break 40-59.
The Padres slumped 18 games below .500 after their fourth straight loss on Saturday night. The past month has been particularly rough. Eric Hosmer, who has been mired in a brutal slump himself, reflected on his first half-season with the Padres, pointing to the importance of coping with the adversity.
Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Sunday.
Eric Hosmer has spent the past month and a half mired in one of the worst slumps of his career. He broke out in a big way on Saturday evening.
For years, Christian Villanueva envisioned playing in the big leagues alongside Javier Baez, Albert Almora and the rest of his longtime teammates in the Cubs organization. On Friday night, he finally got to do so -- albeit from an opposing dugout.
Christian Villanueva thought about letting Javier Baez's slow ground ball roll foul. Instead of going foul however, the ball hit the bag and ricocheted for an infield single. That's all the Cubs had to do to defeat the Padres in 10 innings, 5-4, on Friday night at Petco Park.
Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Friday.
On Thursday, Padres rookie Joey Lucchesi was optioned to Triple-A El Paso, a day after his final first-half start. It's not a performance-based move. The 25-year-old lefty will almost certainly be recalled and merely pushed to the back off the rotation after the All-Star break.
As a player, Trevor Hoffman did not set goals going into any of his 18 Major League seasons. But he did have benchmarks ... statistics at the end of seasons that he would see as meaningful accomplishments.
The Padres got the bounce-back effort they needed from Tyson Ross on Thursday night. Their offense waited too long to offer any support.
Trevor Hoffman's favorite All-Star Game memories are not exactly what one would expect.
Padres rookie Joey Lucchesi entered Wednesday's matchup against Kenta Maeda and the Dodgers hoping to finish his breakout first half on a high note, but he fell a little short as the Padres dropped the third game of this four-game series, 4-2.
The dynamic duo of catchers Austin Hedges and A.J. Ellis just formed this March, but you'd never guess that after watching them communicate.
Here are the top 10 performers from the 31st edition of the Triple-A All-Star Game.
Eric Lauer has been excellent since the start of June, but he's never been better than he was on Tuesday night at Petco Park. Only Max Muncy's homer with two outs in the ninth prevented Lauer from becoming the first Padres rookie to pitch a shutout in 12 years.
After a sluggish return from the disabled list, Wil Myers is more than making up for lost time. He bashed his sixth home run in his last four games in a 4-1 Padres victory over the Dodgers on Tuesday night at Petco Park.
It just might be a temporary thing, but the strength of the Padres' rotation has shifted from veterans Tyson Ross and Clayton Richard to rookie left-handers Eric Lauer and Joey Lucchesi since the midpoint of the season (June 25).
By now, the entirety of the National League West should be aware that Padres outfielder Hunter Renfroe has a cannon. The Dodgers' Justin Turner got a harsh reminder on Monday night.
Wil Myers became the third Padre ever to hit five homers in a three-game span Monday night when he connected off Dodgers' left-handed reliever Caleb Ferguson leading off the ninth at Petco Park.