Tim Brown

  • There’s one thing you can’t call these Padres: boring

    Tim Brown at Yahoo Sports 2 days ago

    There’s an art to being the San Diego Padres, a franchise bound by turnover of general managers, team presidents, owners and therefore directions, which helps to explain the club’s current run of, let’s say, mediocrity.

    Most years, they hang this piece of, let’s say, art, stand back a ways, and set to adjusting the corners. This side is too high. Then this side is too low. And now this side is too high again. And, sigh, wouldn’t you know, maybe the damned wall is crooked instead, and all the swaying palm trees and cooling marine layers in the world aren’t going to help.

    So, what the heck, somebody’s eventually gonna have to put down the level and throw a freakin’ sledgehammer, which brings us to rookie general manager A.J. Preller and the last couple of weeks.

    Preller arrived from Texas four months ago with a reputation for untiring competitiveness, that coming from his work in Latin America for the Rangers and, perhaps somewhat, a spidery frame that suggested he more than once chose the job over lunch. In the process of identifying a successor to Josh Byrnes, Preller was dubbed the maverick candidate, the dude who, if necessary, would machete a path to organizational relevance.

  • Sources: Matt Kemp finally dealt to Padres

    Tim Brown at Yahoo Sports 3 days ago

    After a wobbly 48 hours for a trade agreed upon in principle a week ago, Matt Kemp has been dealt to the San Diego Padres, sources said Thursday night, ending speculation the transaction could be scuttled over concerns for Kemp’s health.

    The terms of the trade did not change: Kemp and catcher Tim Federowicz to the Padres, catcher Yasmani Grandal and pitchers Joe Wieland and Zack Eflin to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers will send $32 million to partially offset Kemp’s contract, which has $107 million remaining over five seasons.

    The Dodgers, in turn, are to send Eflin and left-hander Tom Windle to the Philadelphia Phillies for veteran shortstop Jimmy Rollins.

    While it ends as it began, the trade did appear in some jeopardy Thursday morning. The smaller-market Padres, who would be into Kemp for $15 million a year, reportedly learned during a Tuesday exam that Kemp suffered from arthritis in both hips. Because of the perceived long-term risk, they returned to the Dodgers seeking greater compensation.

    Instead, the trade went off as agreed upon, and both the Dodgers and Padres continued on their offseason makeovers.

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  • Matt Kemp trade remains a transaction waiting for a resolution

    Tim Brown at Yahoo Sports 3 days ago

    By mid-day Thursday, Matt Kemp had deteriorated from a man hardy enough to carry a major league baseball team for months to one who would require a Rascal to navigate the aisles of a 99-cent store on his lunch break.

    An unfortunate turn for Kemp, for sure, as he is but 30 years old and only months removed from a second half in which he batted .309, hit 17 home runs and generally earned his keep with the Los Angeles Dodgers again.

    This is relevant, of course, because the Dodgers a week ago agreed to trade Kemp to the San Diego Padres. In return, the Dodgers would receive catcher Yasmani Grandal and two young pitchers. They also would cover $32 million of the $107 million remaining on Kemp’s contract, which runs through 2019. In the end, the Padres would be on the hook for $75 million over five years, or $15 million annually, and the Dodgers would have thinned their outfield crowd.

    The ever-resourceful new Dodgers management would then take one of those young pitchers, Zach Eflin, pair him with another young pitcher, and trade them to Philadelphia for veteran shortstop Jimmy Rollins.

    Well, then, the possibilities:

    Then what?

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  • Padres acquire Wil Myers in complex three-team deal

    Tim Brown at Yahoo Sports 4 days ago

    By the time this particular three-way transaction was fluffed, speculated upon, tamped and sealed, the Tampa Bays Rays had parted with outfielder Wil Myers, who once and for a short time had been their future and now appears to be the San Diego Padres.

    As both franchises continued to resituate themselves under fresh management, the Rays are expected to receive three minor leaguers (right-hander Joe Ross, right-hander Burch Smith and first baseman Jake Bauers) and catcher Rene Rivera. The Padres would receive Myers, catcher Ryan Hanigan and minor-league pitchers Gerardo Reyes and Jose Castillo.

    Shortstop Trea Turner from the Padres and Ross from the Rays go to the Washington Nationals, who would send outfielder Steven Souza and left-hander Travis Ott to the Rays.

    The trade, first reported by Fox Sports and hashed out by several outlets, including Yahoo Sports, is pending physicals.

    It’s complicated, so here’s how it apparently plays out at the end:

    • The Padres get: Myers, Hanigan, Reyes and Castillo.

    •The Rays get: Souza, Ott, Rivera, Smith and Bauers.

    • The Nationals get: Turner (as a player to be named later) and Ross.

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  • Brian Wilson the latest target in Dodgers’ offseason overhaul

    Tim Brown at Yahoo Sports 5 days ago

    LOS ANGELES – Brian Wilson was designated for assignment Tuesday, which probably won’t bother him.

    Maybe, by what turned out to be the end of Wilson’s time with the Los Angeles Dodgers, that was part of the problem.

    In 10 days or so, Wilson will be traded or released. Either way, he’ll get his $9.5 million. He’ll pitch for somebody, and it’ll surely be on the Dodgers’ dime.

    Andrew Friedman seems to have little patience for waiting out a contract, which is why he’s committed about $54 million to players who’ll spend next season in, say, Miami or San Diego or wherever Wilson pitches next. There’s an expectation an Andre Ethier trade will add to that number, which is gaining on some of the highest payrolls Friedman ever fielded in Tampa. Think of that: The equivalent of an entire season of Rays baseball is little more than a write-off for the Dodgers.

    You may read this as a necessary cultural change in L.A., a show of confidence in Don Mattingly, a general distaste for the egos and entitlement borne of a $240 million payroll, a play for roster flexibility, Friedman’s desire to create his own 94-win team or all of those.

    Maybe it was just Brian Wilson’s turn to go.

  • Yankees, Chase Headley nearing four-year agreement

    Tim Brown at Yahoo Sports 6 days ago

    The New York Yankees and third baseman Chase Headley were nearing a four-year contract agreement Monday morning, so it appears the Yankees were serious when they suggested Alex Rodriguez pack a first baseman’s mitt for spring training.

    Headley, 30, batted .262 with a .371 on-base percentage in 58 games with the Yankees last season. The San Francisco Giants, who need to replace Pablo Sandoval at third base, were believed to have engaged with Headley, as well.

    Several reports, first by CBSSports.com, said Headley would receive about $52 million over four years from the Yankees.

    Rodriguez, 39, has been preparing this winter as though he will play third base. The Headley signing likely means Rodriguez would be the club’s regular designated hitter, however, and spell Mark Teixeira at first base.

    Coming off a yearlong suspension for violations of the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy, Rodriguez has played 44 games since the end of 2012. Along with two hip surgeries in the past five years and Rodriguez’s age, the inactivity appears to have the Yankees hedging against a productive return, which accounts for the Headley signing.


  • After dealing Matt Kemp, the Dodgers’ next goal is to make it all work

    Tim Brown at Yahoo Sports 10 days ago

    SAN DIEGO – Until Andrew Friedman showed up, nobody had any idea how terrible the Dodgers were.

    By Thursday morning, following 24 hours that could be described as pretty spirited, the Dodgers as you knew them had been stripped down, wiped clean, repackaged and shipped out. Even the notion of the Dodgers as serial over-payers had been reconceived, which is to say they now overpay other teams’ players (as well as some of their own).

    Yes, it was dramatic. Yes, it was breathtaking. Maybe, it was necessary. Friedman has acted boldly and coldly,most recently by agreeing to send the ever-popular outfielder, Matt Kemp (and backup catcher Tim Federowicz), to the San Diego Padres for catcher Yasmani Grandal and two capable young pitchers. The Padres will, for their troubles, receive about $32 million to go toward Kemp’s contract, which has five years and $107 million remaining.

    Some of the transactions are official and some aren’t, but this is how it all looks Thursday morning:

    Maybe, it was necessary. It certainly was breathtaking.

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  • Dodgers wasting little time forging a new identity

    Tim Brown at Yahoo Sports 11 days ago

    SAN DIEGO – The Los Angeles Dodgers had themselves a day, their new management beginning to turn Ned Colletti’s version of a 94-win team into Andrew Friedman’s vision of a, well, 94-or-so-win team.

    Over a long Wednesday, Friedman and Co. revealed the scope of their intended changes would not be limited to loosening the outfield bottleneck, though that’s still part of it, too.

    Amid speculation Matt Kemp could be the odd man dealt (reports early Thursday say a deal with the Padres was reached), perhaps because the Dodgers are finding he is the odd outfielder (beyond Yasiel Puig) with any real value, Friedman, the Dodgers’ president of baseball operations, fashioned his first significant – and somewhat complicated – trades, assuming they become official.

    Friedman means to make large – if not sweeping – changes to a roster that pulled a $230 million payroll, that struggled under the burden of a fractured clubhouse, that washed out in the division series before its time. And yet won 94 games.

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  • Sources: Dodgers close to acquiring shortstop Jimmy Rollins

    Tim Brown at Yahoo Sports 11 days ago

    SAN DIEGO – The Los Angeles Dodgers were nearing a trade on Wednesday afternoon for shortstop Jimmy Rollins, sources told Yahoo Sports, marking the beginning of the reconstruction of the Dodgers and, perhaps, the deconstruction of the Philadelphia Phillies.

    The Dodgers sought a replacement for Hanley Ramirez, who left by free agency for the Boston Red Sox. And the Phillies, non-competitive for most of the past three seasons, sought a way out from under one of the contracts that limited their rebuilding designs. Starting pitcher Cole Hamels, owed $96 million over the next four seasons; first baseman Ryan Howard, owed $60 million over the next two; and closer Jonathan Papelbon ($13 million in ’15, vesting option for $13 million in ’16) could also be had.

    The Dodgers are believed to have interest in Hamels, as well.

    As a player with 10 years in the big leagues and the last five with the same team, Rollins could have blocked the trade. The Phillies drafted Rollins in the second round in 1996, and they are the only franchise for which he has played.

    The players returning to the Phillies were not immediately known. They are believed to be seeking young pitching.

  • With Jon Lester gone, the Red Sox must figure out their next move

    Tim Brown at Yahoo Sports 11 days ago

    SAN DIEGO – The Boston Red Sox are at the moment less inclined to pursue Max Scherzer the way they did Jon Lester, which is to say Scherzer is less likely to open his front door one evening and find John Henry on the porch, and now the Red Sox’s worst-to-first-to-worst-and-back-again script is in rewrite.

    As the Lester outcome was being unraveled on the lobby floor Tuesday night, and as new Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon’s attempt to span that lobby turned into a creeping press conference (“We won the baseball lottery so far this year,” he said. “But now it’s up to us to put it into effect. It’s all theory right now. We’ve got to make it real, but you need pieces like this to make it real.”), Red Sox folks were upstairs, sorting out tomorrow.

    If they really, really had wanted Lester for 2015 and beyond, they’d oddly taken two risks over the previous nine months:

    Until they weren’t.

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