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Padre Offseason News/Rumors/Rants

Discussion in 'All Other Sports' started by wrbanwal, Nov 7, 2008.

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    I'm not sure attitude is meaningless. Maybe that stuff rubs off on the other players.
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    Just when you thought things couldnt get any worserer, the **** REALLY hits the fan:

    12/17/08 3:47 PM EST
    Padres' Giles sued by ex-girlfriend

    By Corey Brock / MLB.com

    SAN DIEGO -- Padres' outfielder Brian Giles is being sued by his former girlfriend as part of a lawsuit that alleges Giles battered her while she was pregnant, causing her to have a miscarriage.


    The lawsuit for more than $10 million was filed on Dec. 5 in San Diego Superior Court and was reported on Tuesday by the San Diego Union-Tribune.

    In the lawsuit, Cheri Olvera alleges Giles began abusing her in 2002. The lawsuit accuses him of hitting and slapping her in the face, shaking and kicking her, and battering her twice when she was pregnant with Giles' child.

    Giles' agent, Joe Bick, told the Union-Tribune he would not comment on the lawsuit.

    "The Padres have recently learned of a lawsuit filed against Brian Giles by his former girlfriend alleging, among other things, abusive behavior by Brian," Padres CEO Sandy Alderson said in a statement. "While we will not comment on the specifics of the lawsuit, abusive behavior in any form, by any member of the Padres organization, against anyone, violates the basic values of the Padres organization and is not condoned."

    "The Padres, and its employee assistance program, are committed to the elimination of all forms of abuse, including abuse against women. We will continue to monitor the lawsuit as it proceeds."

    The suit states the abuse started in 2002 and that Giles and Olvera maintained a "marriage-like relationship from about 2002 to April 2008." The suit also states that Olvera alleged that Giles agreed to provide for her and her daughter financially.
    The 37-year-old Giles is to make $9 million in 2009, the final season of his contract with the Padres in 2009.
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    This has been one of the most dissapointing off-seasons EVAR.:icon_sad:

    But I'm gonna do a Big League "hang with em".
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    I honestly don't know how anyone supports this team anymore.
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    The same reason we all supported the Chargers throughout the Leaf years? :icon_shrug:
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    Exactly. I'm with you Leo.

    Yes it's tough.
    Yes, it's practically impossible.
    But I'm not jumping ship.

    I'm sticking with my team.
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    I will always root for the Pads/Bolts/Aztecs


    unless they move


    :tup::tup::tup:
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    The attitude counts for something, sure, but I can have a give-it-my-all attitude if some team signs me as well (and I would) but in the end I'd still by a ****** baseball player.

    Now, Eckstein isn't ******, but in the end he's still just a mediocre at best player.
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    ala

    Ed Spiezio !!!


    Now we're going back a ways!!!

    :lol:
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    For once, good news:

    12/19/08 6:17 PM EST

    Gerut, Padres avoid salary arbitration
    A pleasant surprise in '08, outfielder signs one-year contract

    By Corey Brock / MLB.com


    SAN DIEGO -- Center fielder Jody Gerut, one of the bright spots for the Padres last season, agreed to a one-year deal worth $1.1775 million on Friday, thus avoiding a salary arbitration hearing.


    The 31-year-old Gerut hit .296 with 14 home runs and 48 RBIs in 100 games last season even though he missed nearly two months.
    Gerut's contract represents a substantial increase from the $700,000 he earned last season after making the team out of Spring Training. He signed a Minor League contract just weeks before the team reported to Peoria, Ariz.

    Gerut started the season with the Padres but was optioned to Triple-A Portland on April 5 when Jim Edmonds came off the disabled list. Gerut hit .308 in 27 games with Portland before he was promoted on May 9 after Edmonds was released.

    Gerut, in his first Major League action since 2005, quickly became a fixture in center field and showed good defense, especially covering a lot of ground at spacious PETCO Park. He proved more than a capable leadoff hitter as well, hitting .296 in that spot.

    Gerut hit a game-winning, two-run home run against Arizona on Aug. 25, but suffered a badly sprained left middle finger attempting to make a sliding catch in the outfield two days later. Gerut didn't play in another game for the Padres, missing the final month of the season.

    Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs
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    Quiet Padres are not done reloading


    I'm not sure there has ever been a Grossmont Foothiller (my High School) in the Majors



    SAN DIEGO -- Six weeks remain before the start of Spring Training and the Padres are still mostly a work in progress.

    With a payroll nearly half of what it was in 2008, the Padres have been fairly quiet during the offseason, making a few under-the-radar moves with several more likely to come.

    Before pitchers and catchers report to Peoria, Ariz., on Feb. 14 -- position players report three days later -- general manager Kevin Towers would like to make a few more changes to assist a team that lost 99 games last season.

    "Most of our free-agent shopping is going to be done in late January, early February. We just don't have the wherewithal to be aggressive in the free-agent market," Towers said. "And we don't have the trade pieces to make a deal.

    "We'll wait this market out, and hopefully there will be some bargains, especially with middle infielders, that are good financial fits for us. I think there are quite a few teams in the same position we are. We don't have any other choice. We're forced to wait."

    The Padres recently addressed one area of need when they signed former Giants pitcher Kevin Correia, a San Diego native, to a Minor League contract. The hope is that Correia will perform well enough in Spring Training to earn a spot in the rotation.

    Correia figures to join a rotation that already includes Jake Peavy, Chris Young and Cha Seung Baek. Other candidates include rookies Josh Geer and Wade LeBlanc.

    Chris Britton, who also recently signed a Minor League contract, will be looked upon to win an important role in the bullpen, handling late innings.

    Hot Stove

    The Padres could still add a veteran catcher and have had talks with Brad Ausmus. They will also address their bench needs and possibly add another starting pitcher or reliever before the start of Spring Training.

    The Padres will host their annual Friar Fest at PETCO Park Feb. 6-7.
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    http://www3.signonsandiego.com/stories/2009/jan/03/padres-top-10-prospects/?padres


    Ranking the Top 10 Padres prospects

    Tom Krasovic (Contact)

    Saturday, January 3, 2009

    In compiling a list of top Padres prospects, The San Diego Union-Tribune surveyed 10 evaluators employed by major league clubs, several of them not with the Padres. The evaluators' views on a prospect's potential value as a major leaguer were valued more than his probability of reaching the majors.

    KYLE BLANKS, 1B

    At 21, Blanks was young for the Double-A Texas League yet ranked near the top in slugging percentage (.514), on-base percentage (.404) and batting average (.325) last season. He runs as well as Padres left fielder Chase Headley, but first base likely is the 6-foot-6, 270-pounder's long-term spot. With Adrian Gonzalez, 26, cheaply under contract through 2011, Blanks draws extra scrutiny from other clubs that expect the Padres to trade him within two years. Some scouts see Blanks as a Frank Thomas knockoff destined to become a mid-lineup thumper. His heft raises concerns about long-term mobility. Citing only average bat speed, some project the right-hander as an average-hitting first baseman.

    ADIS PORTILLO, RHP

    He ranks here almost solely on pulse-quickening imaginations drawn from scant observation, as he turned 17 only two weeks ago and has yet to pitch for a minor league club. “Franchise” is what his fellow Padres prospects called him in the Dominican Instructional League, where his major league fastball and mound presence seemed freakishly out of place. Fending off the Phillies, Mariners and Rangers, the Padres committed $2 million to Portillo in July. He since has grown an inch to 6-4 and gained speed on his fastball. In two recent scrimmages, slack-jawed scouts watched him throw 94-mph fastballs. “I cannot say enough good things about him,” Padres international director Randy Smith said.

    MAT LATOS, RHP

    Promising command of a mid-90s fastball, athleticism attached to a 6-5 frame and a strikeout rate of 11.5 per nine innings in 112-1/3 minor league innings make Latos a potential frontline pitcher. Immaturity issues are the blinking yellow light. They plagued him in high school, chasing at least one wealthy club in the 2007 draft and surfacing again last summer in disputes with Padres staffers. Latos is only 21. Maybe he becomes the next A.J. Burnett, a free-spirited Yankees millionaire of comparable stature and arm strength. Be sure that if he matures as hoped, he will surprise an evaluator or two.

    WILL VENABLE, OF

    He is too old (26) for most prospect lists, his iffy reads on in-or-back fly balls and 225-pound frame cloud his long-term future in center field, and his career .391 slugging rate argues against prosperity in left field. The former Princeton basketball star draws this ranking because his baseball skills took a big jump in 2008 and more ample progress could sculpt an everyday player: Say, a left fielder good for a solid on-base average, some 20 homers and further value both on defense and the basepaths. Sure, the Padres stockpile middling left-field prospects the way IHOP does pancakes, and “extra outfielder” is Venable's likely niche. His upside, though, intrigues some scouts and obsesses Venable, who a year ago moved near the Padres' training complex to further his workouts.

    CEDRICK HUNTER, CF

    He was only 20 while batting .318 with 11 home runs last year in the Cal League against generally older competition. Hunter also sharpened his defense, tamping skepticism that his lack of great speed would push him to an outfield corner. A left-handed bat that produced a league-high 186 hits last season, plus a career .374 on-base percentage could put him in a Padres uniform by late 2010. A line-drive hitter, the Atlanta product is unlikely to hit for much power for the Padres unless Petco Park is downsized. Hunter's path to major league security will be the ability to get on base and play a solid center field.

    KELLEN KULBACKI, LF

    He will go as far as his left-handed bat takes him, and some squinters see him as a less athletic John Kruk who will pole-axe his way into steady work in the majors. Drafted 40th overall out of James Madison in 2007, Kulbacki has batted .303 with 30 home runs in 591 minor league at-bats, all below Double-A. This season, the 23-year-old will be coming off shoulder surgery. A reprise of his performance with Lake Elsinore – .332 batting average, 20 home runs and 18 doubles over 304 at-bats – isn't too much too expect. Negative value defensively is a possibility.

    SIMON CASTRO, RHP


    Several other Padres minor leaguers are as likely or more likely to pitch in the majors. Castro has more upside than most of them, say evaluators who cite his high-speed fastball, improvement in 2008 through the Dominican Instructional League and strength potential on a 6-5 frame. Squint really hard, one scout said, and Castro conjures J.R. Richard, the towering former Astros ace who terrified generations of hitters. Castro, who will turn 21 in April, struck out 8.82 hitters per nine innings last year as a starter in the short-season Northwest League.

    DREW CUMBERLAND, SS

    Cumberland will move to second base or center field if scouts are right that his throwing accuracy and hands aren't shortstop-caliber. His left-handed bat, good speed and success against older competition cause some to rate him above two more accomplished second-base prospects in San Diego's system: Matt Antonelli and Eric Sogard. At age 19, Cumberland batted .286 last season in the pitcher-friendly, low-Single-A Midwest League. Injuries put him on the disabled list in both seasons since the Padres selected him 46th overall. Limited to only 319 at-bats so far, he has batted .304 with 12 doubles and one home run.

    JAFF DECKER, LF

    Ballplayers often say “baseball is a game of failure.” Decker didn't get the memo. Shortly after the Padres drafted him from a high school near their complex in Arizona, Decker tore through an entry-level league last summer. Over the 49 games, he reached base at a .523 clip and batted .352 with a team-high five home runs. He also stole nine bases in 10 attempts and played all three outfield spots. A left-hander, Decker often is compared to veteran slugger Matt Stairs. His body fat score ranked among the highest in the organization, so, as with Blanks, extra conditioning demands add to his career challenges.

    JAMES DARNEL, 3B/OF


    Nearly a pure projection pick at this stage, Darnel is a powerful athlete who could end up at third base, either outfield corner spot, maybe even catcher. The former University of South Carolina third baseman, chosen in the second round in June and signed with an above-slot bonus, batted .373 with nine extra-base hits and 11 walks in 16 short-season games. Many other Padres minor leaguers could be ranked as highly or higher, among them outfielders Yefri Carvajal, Blake Tekotte and Luis Durango; first baseman Allan Dykstra; catcher Mitch Canham; Antonelli and Sogard; and pitchers such as Wade LeBlanc, Nick Schmidt, Josh Geer, Wynn Pelzer, Cesar Carrillo, Jeremy Hefner and Jeremy McBryde.
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    I can't wait to see what Blanks does this season... the guy can mash.
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    Jake was supposed to be on XX Radio with Darren Smith today at 1:05 for his first interview of the year.

    Did anyone hear it???
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    heard parts of it, he says he's happy that he'll be remaining in San Diego, that its what he wanted to do (in part because he signed that extension) and he likes it here.

    Also mentioned that he and Rivers are close friends and have some epic tennis matches, wish i could see that
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    Giles countersues former girlfriend, saying that she abused him

    By Brent Schrotenboer
    Union-Tribune Staff Writer
    2:35 p.m. February 10, 2009

    Padres outfielder Brian Giles has countersued the former girlfriend who has accused him of domestic violence, saying it was she who abused him.

    He also seeks the return of a diamond engagement ring he said he gave to her on Christmas Eve 2005 that is valued at $107,952.

    In his countersuit, filed in San Diego Superior Court, Giles accuses Cheri Olvera of striking him, pulling his hair, slapping him, hitting him with a car and kicking him. He also states Olvera disparaged him in front of other people, calling him profane names and screaming at him.

    Olvera's attorney, Cary Goldstein, said Giles is trying to justify what he did to her. They claim in her palimony suit against him, filed late last year, that he battered her, including while she was pregnant, causing a miscarriage. She seeks more than $10 million.

    “There is nothing Cheri Olvera has ever done during the course of her relationship with Brian Giles that justifies his physical and emotional abuse of Cheri,” Goldstein said.

    Giles has denied her allegations and said it was “all about money.” His attorney, James D. Scott, said he has witnesses who verify Giles' claims and said Olvera was long after Giles' money. Giles also has hired a publicist to help explain his version of the story.

    In December 2007, Giles states he stepped in front of the car she was driving and told her she should not drive because of her intoxicated condition. He states Olvera swore at him and drove forward, trying to run him over. “Olvera struck Giles in the legs,” the countersuit states. “In shock at what she had just done, Olvera stopped the car.”

    Another time, in 2005, Giles stated the two were arguing as he went to get something from his refrigerator at his home in Poway. “Olvera took off her spiked high heel shoe and took a swing at him saying 'I'm going to stab you in the face,' ” the countersuit states. “She missed and swung at Giles again, whereupon he caught her hand,” the countersuit states. “Olvera then launched into a stream of profanities.”

    In spring 2008, Giles states Olvera wrongfully entered his residence in Del Mar and took several blank checks that she used to misappropriate approximately $20,000 from his account.

    Giles entered into a plea agreement for a misdemeanor domestic violence charge involving Olvera at a Phoenix bar in 2006. He was required to complete anger-management counseling as part of the deal in exchange for the case being dropped.

    Giles said in a statement in December, “There was an incident in Phoenix which I regret.”

    The incident was partially captured on security video at the bar and was corroborated by statements from witnesses who said he struck her on the way out of the bar.

    Giles stated Olvera refused to enter a prenuptial agreement in November 2007. Last month, Giles and his attorney demanded return of the ring.

    Giles is to make $9 million in 2009, the final season of his contract with the Padres.


    http://www3.signonsandiego.com/stories/2009/feb/10/padres-giles-countersues-former-girlfriend/
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    Thanks for the information. I would pay to watch those tennis matches. :tup:The Padres website has an article about his interview:

    02/11/09 5:42 PM EST
    Peavy 'dang glad' to still be a Padre

    Pitcher says he feels no ill will toward team for trying to trade him

    By Corey Brock / MLB.com


    SAN DIEGO -- In his first interview since the end of last season, Padres pitcher Jake Peavy told XX Sports Radio in San Diego that he harbors no animosity toward the team actively shopping him around during the offseason.


    "It's a business. I understand it's part of the game. I think as soon as the winter started, you heard my name thrown out there. There's different emotions and feelings involved," Peavy told the Padres' flagship station on Wednesday.

    Playing in San Diego "is all I've ever known. I stayed out of it as much as I could. Not much has changed, other than a lot of talk over the winter. It's been a crazy winter."

    Peavy will talk to reporters on Saturday, when pitchers and catchers report to Peoria, Ariz., for the start of Spring Training.

    That Peavy is still a Padre is probably a little surprising to fans and possibly to Peavy as well, especially after a winter when his name was linked to two teams -- the Braves and Cubs.

    First, Peavy was reportedly heading to the Braves, as general manager Kevin Towers had frequent talks with his Braves counterpart, Frank Wren. But the two sides couldn't agree on a compensation package that Towers deemed to be adequate.

    Towers spent most of the Winter Meetings during the second week of December talking with Cubs general manager Jim Hendry. Towers had roped in a third team and was also prepared to bring in a fourth team to facilitate a deal. But on the last day of the meetings, Hendry told Towers there wouldn't be a deal.

    Since then, Towers has not had active discussions with any team regarding Peavy and has said on numerous occasions that chances were good the 27-year-old would be the Padres' Opening Day pitcher.

    Peavy made it clear Wednesday that he never wanted to leave. It was December 2007 when Peavy signed a three-year, $52 million extension that will run through 2012 with a club option for 2013 worth $22 million. It is the largest contract in franchise history.
    Peavy, the 2007 Cy Young Award winner in the National League, will make $11 million this season.

    "Absolutely I'm happy. I never wanted to be anywhere else than Peoria this time of year. I think we made that clear when we my deal with the Padres, San Diego is near and dear to my heart," Peavy said.
    Peavy, who has a no-trade clause, indicated that "if I wanted to be on another team, I think we could have gone to the Padres and pressed the issue."

    But it never came to that, as Peavy's agent, Barry Axelrod, was never presented a deal to ponder, which is perfectly fine with Peavy.
    "I signed this contract with every intent of playing with the Padres," he said. "I fully intend on that. I'm dang glad to be a San Diego Padre."

    http://sandiego.padres.mlb.com/news...ent_id=3818078&vkey=news_sd&fext=.jsp&c_id=sd

    Links to audio of the interview is also on this page.
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    I dont know if anyone saw the Caribbean Series but A-GO and Edgar looked pretty damn good. :tup:
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    I read where Gonzo set a Caribbean Series record with 3 HR's in one game! :padres:
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    I watched that game against DR....Solid hits too, all opposite field.

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