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Wed, 15 May 2013 14:49:11 -0700
San Diego Padres C Yasmani Grandal will leave extended spring training and report to Triple-A Tucson Saturday, May 18, and he's eligible to come off the restricted list May 28 after being suspended for the first 50 games of the season. "He feels good, everything is solid, offensively and defensively," general manager Josh Byrnes said recently. "We will get him ready to play in those games and evaluate where he is and where our roster is." C John Baker is hitting only .115 and will likely be optioned to the minors to make room for Grandal.
Fantasy Tip: Grandal looked good in his major league audition last year, but the PED suspension makes us question how much of his production was actually real. It's unclear how much time he'll split with Nick Hundley, too. It's time to snatch him up in NL-only leagues if he's out there, but you can probably wait on him in mixed formats.
Tue, 26 Feb 2013 21:54:48 -0800
San Diego Padres C John Baker (wrist) was scratched from the starting lineup for the Cactus League spring game Tuesday, Feb. 26, due to a sore right wrist. It isn't too serious, though. "During the season, John would be playing," manager Bud Black said.
Fri, 18 Jan 2013 11:49:47 -0800
The San Diego Padres avoided arbitration with C John Baker Friday, Jan. 18, by agreeing to a one-year, $930,000 deal.
Thu, 17 Jan 2013 23:38:14 -0800
Seven San Diego Padres players were among the 133 that filed for salary arbitration this week. C John Baker, SS Everth Cabrera, 3B Chase Headley, and P's Luke Gregerson, Joe Thatcher, Clayton Richard and Edinson Volquez filed. An eighth player, OF Will Venable, filed but settled with his team already. The Padres estimate their payroll will increase to $65 million with these arbitration filings.
Sat, 01 Dec 2012 00:51:21 -0800
The San Diego Padres did not offer P Juan Oramas a contract for the 2013 season, making him a free agent. Oramas is recovering from Tommy John surgery and would not have been available until the middle of the year. The Padres tendered contracts to 31 players, including arbitration-eligible OF Will Venable, SS Everth Cabrera, 3B Chase Headley, RP's Luke Gregerson and Joe Thatcher, SP's Clayton Richard and Edinson Volquez, and C John Baker.
Thu, 08 Nov 2012 14:05:00 -0800
San Diego Padres Cs Nick Hundley and John Baker are likely to head into next season as the starting catchers now that C Yasmani Grandal will have to serve a 50-game suspension from the start of the season. "We still have Hundley and Baker. We have decent coverage there," general manager Josh Byrnes said. "Hundley had knee surgery at the end of the year. He's feeling good. Hopefully he'll be full go in spring training."
Thu, 27 Sep 2012 23:19:23 -0700
San Diego Padres C Yasmani Grandal was scheduled to start his 48th game at catcher Thursday, Sept. 27, against the Los Angeles Dodgers. If he starts two more games behind the plate, the Padres will be the first major league team since 1900 to have three catchers start 50 or more games. C Nick Hundley started 56 games. C John Baker has started 50. C Eddy Rodriguez started the other two games behind the plate.
Fri, 18 May 2012 10:26:54 -0700
San Diego Padres C John Baker went 2-for-4 Thursday, May 17, while making his third start in the last six games over C Nick Hundley, who is hitting just .167 with two home runs and 13 RBIs and 25 strikeouts in 108 at-bats. Baker is 7-for-12 with a double and three RBIs in those three games.
Tue, 15 May 2012 14:48:45 -0700
San Diego Padres OF Will Venable had four hits and C John Baker had three hits and three RBIs in a winning effort Tuesday, May 15. Venable had two doubles, a single, a triple and his fifth stolen base.
Tue, 06 Mar 2012 14:03:16 -0800
San Diego Padres SS Jason Bartlett (knee) continues to improve, and OF Cameron Maybin (illness) is back in the lineup Tuesday, March 6. C John Baker (illness) likely won't play until Wednesday, March 7, at the earliest.