Friday, March 30, 2012

Six years for Luebke

Pitcher Cory Luebke and the Padres, this blog has learned, have agreed to a six-year, $12-million contract that guarantees salaries for the 27-year-old lefty through 2015 and sets salaries for 2016 and 2017 should the Padres pick up the club options. The options, which could take the deal to about $27.75 million, are for $7.5 million and $10 million and include a $1.75 million buyout.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Magic and Moores

The Dodgers have been sold to a group led by Magic Johnson. According to the Wall Street Journal, the price is $2 billion, by far the most for a North American sports franchise. I talked to an MLB insider to gauge what impact, if any, the Dodgers' deal could have on a potential sale of the Padres. What follows is a listing of his opinions.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Ownership Q&A, Part II

The Padres announced today that Jeff Moorad is stepping down as CEO, with club president Tom Garfinkel to perform the CEO duties on an interim basis.

If nothing else, the shuffling gives this blog another chance to ask and answer its own questions. What follows is my second ownership Q&A in three weeks. I doubt it'll be my last this year.

Moorad no longer CEO

Yes, I plan to write about Jeff Moorad having stepped down as CEO. I'll probably post a story before tomorrow.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Britt McHenry

When Fox Sports San Diego made its Padres debut last Saturday, a sideline reporter wasn't part of the telecast. Consider it a temporary glitch. A sideline reporter has now been hired, and this blog has identified her: Britt McHenry, formerly a TV sports reporter in the D.C. area. Below, you'll learn more about her.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Post-Moneyball Padres

Moneyball is out. Hardball, if you will, is in.

Compared to when Sandy Alderson was their CEO, the Padres have shifted to new, if old-fashioned, ways of preparing their minor leaguers.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

FS San Diego aims high

Fox Sports San Diego has big plans for its Padres telecasts. As this blog reported last week, the pregame and postgame shows in-season will each run an hour, which will double the typical amount of live bookend content from Padres telecasts the previous 12 years. A broadcasting stage near Tony Gwynn's statue will be built beyond the center-field fence. Extra cameras will be used. In time, Fox will expect the quality of its Padres telecasts to rival the quality of its national telecasts.

TV update

As of this afternoon, the Padres-Fox deal hasn't been made official. Regardless, Fox Sports San Diego will air Saturday's game. Consider the drawn-out saga another chapter in the 43-year-old soap opera, All My Padres.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Another left fielder?

Within a Padres farm system that's a consensus top-3 outfit according to farm-ologists of repute, a flawed prospect can get lost and, heck, might even disappear if he piles up 106 errors in 232 games.

Edinson Rincon's headaches as a third baseman notwithstanding, the 21-year-old bears watching as he heads toward his sixth -- yep, sixth -- professional season. "He's a sleeper," says farm director Randy Smith.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Ahead of the game

Two teenagers signed last summer for a combined $5.75 million and a fourth-year pro who turned 20 last month drew special mention today when farm director Randy Smith reviewed the 36-prospect mini-camp soon to end.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Ownership Q&A

This blog has written several lengthy stories about Jeff Moorad's attempt to become "control" owner of the Padres. In contrast to prevalent reports in the mainstream national media and the local print media, none of those articles conveyed rosy optimism about Moorad's chances. Pressed for time today, I'll use a question/answer format in response to this morning's announcement that Moorad, the Padres Vice Chairman and CEO, "has withdrawn his application to Major League Baseball for a control transfer, in order to expedite MLB approval of the club's television broadcasting agreement."

Moorad withdraws application

         The San Diego Padres today announced that Vice Chairman and CEO Jeff Moorad has withdrawn his application to Major League Baseball for a control transfer, in order to expedite MLB approval of the club's television broadcasting agreement.
         "With Opening Day less than a month away, John Moores and I believe our top priority is to ensure that Padres fans will be able to watch broadcasts of what we believe is an exciting baseball team," said Moorad. "I remain fully committed to the San Diego Padres and our fans, and am looking forward to the 2012 season."
         The club will have no further comment until MLB completes its approval process.

Monday, March 5, 2012


What to think of Cameron Maybin's defensive performance in 2011?

Saturday, March 3, 2012


For my early coverage on Cameron Maybin's five-year contract, see my Twitter feed @tomkrasovic.

Fox hires Sweeney

Mark Sweeney, a former Padres outfielder, will work for Fox Sports San Diego's regional TV network, this blog has learned.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Dangerous opponent

If one needed a reminder that White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf swings a heavy bat within major league baseball -- the same Reinsdorf who, as this blog reported exclusively on Jan. 20, spoke against would-be Padres "control" owner Jeff Moorad at the ownership meetings -- it came this week from former major league commissioner Fay Vincent.