The Padres have one of the sport’s most coveted relievers in left-hander Brad Hand. And it certainly sounds as though he’s available this winter for the right price.
I am finishing my list of my personal Padres awards with one that doesn’t exist with the National League club. Yangervis Solarte earned a special spot with me this season.
The majority of the Padres’ coaching staff is expected to return for the 2018 season, with two notable absences.
Mike Rosenbaum checks in on the Padres’ Arizona Fall League participants, a group that includes a pair of talented 20-year-old prospects in Luis Urias and Josh Naylor.
When voting for the Pitcher of the Year, I tend to lean more toward starters over relievers, with all other things being equal.
Josh Naylor has always been able to hit, and he has continued to show off his offensive prowess in the early stages of the Arizona Fall League. The Padres’ No. 10 prospect did it all on Saturday, going 2-for-3 with a homer, two RBIs and three runs scored as Peoria topped Salt River, 12-1.
There was one downside to Brad Hand becoming the Padres’ full-time closer on July 24 with the trade of Brandon Maurer to Kansas City.
There is no offseason for the Padres Inbox.
Padres prospects Luis Urias and Josh Naylor both had strong Arizona Fall League debuts in the Peoria Javelinas’ 3-0 victory over Glendale on Tuesday to open the season.
My personal pick for Padres Rookie of the Year is right-handed starting pitcher Dinelson Lamet.
The Padres enter the offseason with a combination of young Major Leaguers and prospects who they believe will shine in San Diego for the better part of the next decade.