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Report: Padres Acquire Outfielder Justin Upton from the Braves

Report: Padres Acquire Outfielder Justin Upton from the Braves

Patrick McDermott/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The San Diego Padres have struck again this offseason by acquiring another big-time bat. According to reports, the team has acquired outfielder Justin Upton from the Atlanta Braves.

According to reports, the Padres will send Braves pitcher Max Fried, third baseman Dustin Peterson and outfielder Mallex Smith.

Still just 27 years old, Upton hit .270 with 29 home runs and 102 RBIs in his eighth season in the big leagues. He will be a free agent following the 2015 season.

The Padres now have a completely revamped offense/outfield. Not only have they acquired Upton, they've also made trades for former All-Star outfielder Matt Kemp and former American League Rookie of the Year outfielder Wil Myers.

The Padres also recently acquired All-Star catcher Derek Norris from the Oakland Athletics, and reportedly they've acquired third baseman Will Middlebrooks from the Boston Red Sox for Ryan Hanigan.

In 2014, the Padres ranked 30th in Major League Baseball in runs scored, batting average, on base percentage, and slugging percentage.

San Diego hasn't made the playoffs since 2006.

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Padres Acquire Wil Myers in Three-Team Trade.

Padres Acquire Wil Myers in Three-Team Trade.

Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images(SAN DIEGO, Ca.) -- The San Diego Padres have acquired outfielder Wil Myers in a three-team trade.

In a deal with the Nationals and Rays, the Padres also obtain young pitchers Jose Castillo and Gerardo Reyes, as well as veteran catcher Ryan Hanigan from Tampa Bay.

In return, the Rays receive Burch Smith, a right-hander who was drafted by the Padres in 2011, first baseman Rene Rivera, catcher Jake Bauers, a 2013 draft pick of the Padres and outfielder Steven Souza as well as left-hander Travis Ott from the Nationals.

The Nationals receive right hander Joe Ross and shortstop Trea Turner, who both come from San Diego in the deal.

Myers, 24, was acquired by Tampa Bay in 2012 as part of seven-player trade that saw Kansas City acquire James Shields.  

The next season, Myers batted .293 and smacked 13 homeruns and 88 RBI on his way to the 2013 rookie of the year award. 

After dealing for Matt Kemp, the Padres are expecting to improve on an offense that ranked last in baseball with 535 runs scored.

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Dodgers Trade Outfielder Matt Kemp to the Padres

Dodgers Trade Outfielder Matt Kemp to the Padres

Christian Pederson/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers have dominated the annual Winter Meetings. And early Thursday morning, the team agreed to send former All-Star outfielder Matt Kemp to the San Diego Padres.

ESPN reports that the Padres will acquire Kemp as well as catcher Tim Federowicz in exchange for catcher Yasmani Grandal, pitcher Joe Wieland, and pitcher Zach Eflin.

The Dodgers will also reportedly send the Padres around $31 million to cover the remaining $107 million on Kemp's current contract.

Kemp had been with the Dodgers for his entire nine-year career and was seen as the face of the franchise up until recently. In 2014, Kemp played in 150 games while hitting .287 with 25 home runs and 89 RBIs. In 2011, Kemp finished second behind Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers in the MVP voting in the National League.

The trade does help alleviate a logjam out in the Dodgers outfield. Along with Carl Crawford, Andre Either, and Yasiel Puig, the deal also helps clear the way for top hitting prospect Joc Pederson to earn playing time.

This past season, the Padres ranked last in baseball in runs scored, batting average, on base percentage, and slugging percentage.

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S.D. Padres Win Third Straight Game In Extra-Innings

S.D. Padres Win Third Straight Game In Extra-Innings

iStockphoto(SAN DIEGO) -- The San Diego Padres (54-70) edged past the Los Angeles Dodgers (76-60) in 10 innings on Saturday night, 2-1. It’s the first time in franchise history that the Padres have won three consecutive games in extra-innings.

With one out and Will Venable on second base, Padres shortstop Alexi Amarista took the first pitch he saw from Dodgers reliever Jamey Wright and singled home the go-ahead run.

Los Angeles’ Zack Greinke and San Diego’s Ian Kennedy were locked in a pitcher’s duel. Grienke allowed one earned run on four hits in eight innings of work. He struck out eight while walking two. Kennedy gave up one earned run and four hits over seven innings. The right-hander struck out eight and walked three.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 8/26/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 8/26/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates 5 (68-64) – St. Louis Cardinals 2 (71-60)

Baltimore Orioles 4 (75-55) – Tampa Bay Rays 2 (64-68)

Philadelphia Phillies 4 (60-72) – Washington Nationals 3 (75-56)

Detroit Tigers 5 (71-59) – New York Yankees 2 (68-62)

New York Mets 3 (62-70) – Atlanta Braves 2 (68-64)

Chicago Cubs 3 (59-72) – Cincinnati Reds 0 (63-69)

Kansas City Royals 2 (73-58) – Minnesota Twins 1 (58-73)

Houston Astros 4 (56-77) – Oakland Athletics 2 (77-54)

San Francisco Giants 3 (69-62) - Colorado Rockies 0 (53-78)

Cleveland Indians 8 (67-63) - Chicago White Sox 6 (59-72) -10 Innings

Boston Red Sox 11 (58-74) - Toronto Blue Jays 7 (66-66) -11 Innings

Seattle Mariners 5 (72-59) - Texas Rangers 0 (51-80)

Los Angeles Angels 8 (78-53) - Miami Marlins 2 (65-66)

San Diego Padres 4 (61-70) - Milwaukee Brewers 1 (73-59)

Los Angeles Dodgers 9 (75-58) - Arizona Diamondbacks 5 (55-77)

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Scoreboard Roundup – 8/6/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 8/6/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB:  San Diego Padres 5 (52-61) – Minnesota Twins 4 (51-61) 10 Innings

Texas Rangers 3 (45-69) – Chicago White Sox 1 (55-60)

Tampa Bay Rays 7 (55-59) – Oakland Athletics 3 (69-44)

Seattle Mariners 7 (59-54) – Atlanta Braves 3 (58-56)

New York Yankees 5 (59-54) – Detroit Tigers 1 (62-49)

Philadelphia Phillies 10 (51-63) – Houston Astros 3 (47-67)

Pittsburgh Pirates 7 (60-53) – Miami Marlins 3 (55-58)

Washington Nationals 7 (61-51) – New York Mets 1 (54-60)

Toronto Blue Jays 5 (61-54) – Baltimore Orioles 1 (64-49)

Cincinnati Reds 8 (58-56) – Cleveland Indians 3 (57-57)

San Francisco Giants 7 (62-52) - Milwaukee Brewers 4 (62-52)

Colorado Rockies 13 (45-68) - Chicago Cubs 4 (48-64)

Boston Red Sox 2 (50-63) - St. Louis Cardinals 1 (60-52)

Kansas City Royals 4 (59-53) - Arizona Diamondbacks 3 (49-65)

Los Angeles Dodgers 2 (65-50) - Los Angeles Angels 1 (67-46)

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Scoreboard Roundup – 7/28/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 7/28/14

Getty Images/Hemera(NEW YORK) --  MLB:  Atlanta Braves 2 (58-48) - San Diego Padres 0 (46-59)

New York Mets 7 (51-55) - Philadelphia Phillies 1 (46-60) 

Tampa Bay Rays 2 (52-54) - Milwaukee Brewers 1 (59-48)

Miami Marlins 7 (52-53) - Washington Nationals 6 (57-46)

Toronto Blue Jays 14 (57-50) - Boston Red Sox 1 (48-58)

Chicago Cubs 4 (43-61) - Colorado Rockies 1 (43-62)

Houston Astros 7 (43-63) - Oakland Athletics 3 (65-40)

Texas Rangers 4 (42-64) - New York Yankees 2 (54-51)

Arizona Diamondbacks 2 (46-60) - Cincinnati Reds 1 (52-53) - 15 Innings

Pittsburgh Pirates 5 (56-49) - San Francisco Giants 0 (57-49)

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Padres’ Outfielder Cameron Maybin Suspended 25 Games

Padres’ Outfielder Cameron Maybin Suspended 25 Games

Rich Pilling/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In the midst of a disappointing season, San Diego Padres outfielder Cameron Maybin has been suspended 25 games after testing positive for amphetamines.

"I have been undergoing treatment for several years for a medical condition, Attention Deficit Disorder, for which I previously had a Therapeutic Use Exemption,'' Maybin said in a statement. "Unfortunately, in my attempts to switch back to a medicine that had been previously OK'd, I neglected to follow all the rules and as a result I tested positive."

Maybin was once considered one of the best young prospects in baseball not too long ago, but never fully reached his potential. In 62 games this season, the 27-year-old Maybin is hitting .247 with one home run and drove in nine runs.

The Padres signed Maybin to a five-year, $25 million contract extension in March 2012, but he's had trouble staying on the field in terms of durability and production.

The team has added outfielder Jeff Francoeur from their Triple-A El Paso club to replace Maybin.

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Houston Street Dealt to Angels

Houston Street Dealt to Angels

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Los Angeles Angels executed a deal on Friday that will help them attempt to keep pace in the increasingly competitive AL West, acquiring closer Houston Street from San Diego as part of a six player deal. 

The Padres will receive four prospects in return while also sending minor league pitcher Trevor Gott. Second baseman Taylor Lindsey, pitchers R.J. Alvarez and Elliot Morris, along with shortstop Jose Rondon were packaged together by the Angels. The deal is still pending a physical.

Currently holding a 1.09 earned run average with 24 saves, Street is fifth on the career saves list among active pitchers. 

Street will join and Angels team that sits two games behind the Oakland Athletics, who hold the best record in baseball. In his tenth year, the closer has converted 258 saves and holds a career 2.87 ERA. The righty began his career in Oakland, pitching four years for the Athletics.

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MLB Announces First Ambassador of Inclusion

MLB Announces First Ambassador of Inclusion

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MINNEAPOLIS) -- Major League Baseball announced on Tuesday that former outfielder Billy Bean will serve as the first ambassador of inclusion.

“We are proud to announce our hiring of former major leaguer Billy Bean as a consultant that will serve as Major League Baseball’s first ambassador of inclusion,” commissioner Bud Selig said at a news conference.

In that role, Bean will provide training and guidance related to efforts to support those in the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community throughout baseball. He’ll work with teams throughout the majors and minor leagues.

Bean played in the majors from 1987-1989 and 1993-1995 with the Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres. After his playing career was over, Bean revealed that he is gay.

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Padres & OF Seth Smith Agree To 2-Year Contract Extension

Padres & OF Seth Smith Agree To 2-Year Contract Extension

iStockphoto(SAN DIEGO) -- The San Diego Padres and outfielder Seth Smith have agreed to a two-year contract extension, the club announced on Wednesday. The deal is worth $13 million, according to ESPN, with a club option for the 2017 season worth $7 million.

In 72 games this season with San Diego, Smith is batting .281 with 18 doubles, four triples, nine home runs, 25 RBIs and 33 runs scored. The Padres acquired the 31-year-old from the Oakland Athletics this past off-season for righthanded pitcher Luke Gregerson.

In eight major league seasons with the Colorado Rockies (2007-11), A’s (2012-13) and Padres (2014), Smith has hit .266 with 82 homers and 298 RBIs.

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Lincecum No-Hits Padres Again

Lincecum No-Hits Padres Again

Denis Poroy/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- For the second time in less than a year, Tim Lincecum has tossed a no-hitter against the San Diego Padres. He shut down the Padres in leading the San Francisco Giants to a 4-0 win Wednesday. 

Lincecum threw 113 pitches, allowing only one walk and striking out six, as he becomes just the second pitcher in MLB history to no-hit the same team twice.

The 30-year-old Lincecum got Will Venable to ground out to second base to end the game and secure the 16th no-hitter in Giants' franchise history.

The Padres have now been no-hit three times in the last five years by the Giants. The other time came in July 2009, when Jonathan Sanchez did it.

Lincecum joins Homer Bailey, Justin Verlander and Mark Buehrle as the only active pitchers with multiple no-hitters.

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Padres Fire GM Byrnes

Padres Fire GM Byrnes

Andy Hayt/Getty Images(SAN DIEGO) -- The San Diego Padres announced on Sunday that the team would be relieving General Manager Josh Byrnes of his duties.

"This ownership group is committed to fielding a team that consistently competes for postseason play," said team president and CEO Mike Dee. "Thus far this season, the results on the field have been mixed at best and clearly have not lived up to expectations. After a lengthy evaluation of every facet of our baseball operations, we have decided to make this change today."

Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations Omar Minaya and assistant general managers AJ Hinch and Fred Uhlman, Jr. will share the role in the interim.

Byrnes joined the Padres in 2010 as the senior VP of baseball operations after being let go by the Arizona Diamondbacks where he was the GM for four years. He was promoted to the same position with San Diego 10 months later and given a five-year contract.

San Diego is 32-43 this season after finishing each of the last two seasons with a 76-86 record. Under Byrnes, the team payroll increased from $40 million to just under $90 million, the 23rd highest in Major League Baseball.

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Alex Torres Becomes First to Wear Protective Cap

Alex Torres Becomes First to Wear Protective Cap

Justin Edmonds/Getty Images(SAN DIEGO) -- When Alex Torres entered Saturday night's matchup against Los Angeles in the eighth inning, he became the first pitcher in Major League history to wear a league-approved protective cap. 

The cap features padded inserts around the hat, enlarging the size of the hat. The San Diego Padres reliever commented after the game that the difference "isn't much" and that it doesn't feel as it looks. The league signed off on the caps on January 17 after testing multiple prototypes.

Major League Baseball first began looking into more protective headgear after Brandon McCarthy suffered life-threatening brain injuries after being struck in the ear by a line drive while pitching for Oakland in 2012. McCarthy has recovered and is now pitching for Arizona.

Torres has become an advocate for protection for pitchers after watching Alex Cobb suffer a concussion due to a line drive to the head when the two were teammates in Tampa Bay. Since then, Cobb has fought to put padded inserts into the caps of young baseball and softball players.

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MLB Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn Dead at 54

MLB Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn Dead at 54

Jmi McIsaac/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Baseball has lost a true giant. On Monday, former San Diego Padres outfielder and MLB Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn died of cancer. He was 54.

Gwynn is truly one of the greatest hitters Major League Baseball has ever seen. He spent all 20 seasons of his career with the Padres.His lowest batting average of his career came his rookie year when he batted .289. He then proceeded to hit over .300 for 19 consecutive seasons. His .338 career average is the highest in MLB since Ted Williams.

"Major League Baseball today mourns the tragic loss of Tony Gwynn," Commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement Monday. "The greatest Padre ever and one of the most accomplished hitters that our game has ever known, whose all-around excellence on the field was surpassed by his exuberant personality and genial disposition in life.

Gwynn was inducted into the Pro Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility in 2007.

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S.D. Padres Select Johnny Manziel In MLB Draft

S.D. Padres Select Johnny Manziel In MLB Draft

iStockphoto(NEW YORK) -- The San Diego Padres selected former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel with the 837rd overall pick in the 2014 Major League Baseball draft on Saturday.

“Big thank you to the @Padres and @padresmikedee for selecting me in the MLB draft,” Manziel tweeted. “What a great day!”

The 2013 Heisman Trophy winner was listed as a shortstop for the Aggies, but never played for them because of his football commitment. He lasted played on the diamond when he attended Tivy High School in Kerrville, Texas.

In last month’s NFL draft, the Cleveland Browns took Manziel with the 22nd overall pick. 

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Padres Place 2B Jedd Gyorko on 15-Day DL

Padres Place 2B Jedd Gyorko on 15-Day DL

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(SAN DIEGO) -- The San Diego Padres placed second baseman Jedd Gyorko on the 15-day disabled list with plantar fasciitis in his left foot on Friday.

Gyorko was brought up last season and signed a $35-million, six-year contract extension in April.

"It felt like there's stabbing in the heel," Gyorko said on Friday. "That feeling of walking on needles a little bit. … Every time you move you can feel it. It's one of the worst pains I've felt in my life."

Gyorko was batting .162 with five homers, 24 RBI's, and had just a .213 on base percentage.

"Jedd's a guy that never goes in the training room, he's kind of old-school like that," Padres manager Bud Black said. "When you see his name on the training room board it catches you by surprise."

Last season, the 25-year-old Gyorko led the team with 23 home runs in 125 games. 

"This might be a good time for him to take a step back," Black said. "And when he does come back … Some things he and [hitting coach] Phil [Plantier] have been working on, especially lately, might be put into effect in a Minor League game so it can carry over to a big league game."

Left-hander Eric Stults was activated from the bereavement list and will take Gyorko's spot on the roster and start against the Washington Nationals on Sunday.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 6/4/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 6/4/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Stanley Cup Final: Los Angeles Kings 3 - New York Rangers 2 (Kings lead series, 1-0.)

MLB: Seattle Mariners 2 (31-28) – Atlanta Braves 0 (31-27)

San Diego Padres 3 (27-33) – Pittsburgh Pirates 2 (28-31)

Oakland Athletics 7 (37-22) – New York Yankees 4 (29-29)

Toronto Blue Jays 8 (36-24) – Detroit Tigers 2 (31-24)

Miami Marlins 5 (31-28) – Tampa Bay Rays 4 (23-37)

San Francisco Giants 3 (38-21) – Cincinnati Reds 2 (27-30)

Los Angeles Angels 4 (31-27) - Houston Astros 0 (25-35)

Minnesota Twins 6 (28-29) - Milwaukee Brewers 4 (35-25)

St. Louis Cardinals 5 (31-29) - Kansas City Royals 2 (28-31) 11 Innings

Baltimore Orioles 6 (30-27) - Texas Rangers 5 (29-30)

Washington Nationals 8 (29-28) - Philadelphia Phillies 4 (24-33)

Chicago Cubs 5 (22-34) - New York Mets 4 (28-31)

Arizona Diamondbacks 16 (25-36) - Colorado Rockies 8 (28-30)

Chicago White Sox 2 (31-30) - Los Angeles Dodgers 1 (31-30)

Cleveland Indians 7 (30-30) - Boston Red Sox 4 (27-32) 12 Innings

 

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Former Manager Don Zimmer Passes Away At 83

Former Manager Don Zimmer Passes Away At 83

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Former major league manager, coach and player Don Zimmer passed away on Wednesday. He was 83.

“Like everyone in Major League Baseball, I am deeply saddened by the loss of my friend Don Zimmer, one of our game’s most universally beloved figures,” MLB commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement.  “A memorable contributor to Baseball for more than 60 years, Don was the kind of person you could only find in the National Pastime.”

Zimmer managed the San Diego Padres, Boston Red Sox, Texas Rangers and Chicago Cubs. In 13 seasons, he compiled a record of 885-858.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 6/2/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 6/2/14

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: Cleveland Indians 3 (28-30) - Boston Red Sox 2 (27-30)

Miami Marlins 3 (29-28) - Tampa Bay Rays 1 (23-35)

Seattle Mariners 7 (29-28) - New York Yankees 2 (29-27)

New York Mets 11 (28-29) - Philadelphia Phillies 2 (24-31)

Milwaukee Brewers 6 (35-23) - Minnesota Twins 2 (26-29)

Kansas City Royals 6 (27-30) - St. Louis Cardinals 0 (30-28)

Los Angeles Dodgers 5 (31-28) - Chicago White Sox 2 (29-30)

Pittsburgh Pirates 10 (27-30) - San Diego Padres 3 (26-32)

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