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Fri, 05 Feb 2016 09:04:12 -0800
San Diego Padres RP Fernando Rodney's one-year deal is worth $2 million, and he'll enter the season as the likely closer for the Padres. He'll receive $1.6 million this year, and San Diego has a $2 million option for 2017 with a $400,000 buyout. Rodney can make $1.5 million in performance bonuses based on appearances: $500,000 each for 40, 50 and 60 games. He can make $3.5 million annually for games finished: $250,000 each for 20 and 30, and $500,000 for 40 and each additional five through 65.
Fantasy Tip: Rodney's penchant for putting runners on base makes him walk a tight rope often in the ninth inning. He's a shaky late-game closing option. Some combination of Kevin Quackenbush and Drew Pomeranz could factor in if Rodney struggles.
Thu, 04 Feb 2016 17:30:40 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Although Villanueva is no stranger to starting games, he has not done so since 2014 and has experienced more success in a middle relief role. The 32-year-old right-hander is 18-33 with a 5.00 ERA in 76 career starts and should be viewed as nothing more than a late-round flier in NL-only and cavernous mixed leagues if he cracks the rotation.
Tue, 26 Jan 2016 14:44:14 -0800
San Diego Padres OF Melvin Upton Jr. hit .306/.379/.529 with a .908 OPS in his final 85 at-bats of the 2015 season. "I still think I've got a lot left in the tank," Upton said. He'll be fighting for the starting center field job in spring training with OF Travis Jankowski. He's owed $16 million this year and $17 million in 2017.
Fantasy Tip: Neither Upton nor Jankowski provide much pop for fantasy owners, although they can both run and contribute to your stolen base numbers in deep mixed and NL-only universes.
Fri, 22 Jan 2016 17:27:03 -0800
Fantasy Tip: The 34-year-old Ramirez hit .249 with 10 home runs and 62 RBIs in 154 games last season and could experience a dip in those numbers while playing his home games at the pitcher-friendly Petco Park. On the other hand, he did walk more frequently and strike out less often in 2015 than he had in other recent seasons, according to FanGraphs.com. He is a low-end middle infield option who should be selected in the later rounds of NL-only and cavernous mixed leagues.
Thu, 21 Jan 2016 08:51:43 -0800
San Diego Padres RP Fernando Rodney is expected to be the team's new closer after the Padres traded RP Craig Kimbrel to the Boston Red Sox this offseason. Rodney made the All-Star team in 2012 when he had 48 saves for the Tampa Bay Rays. He repeated 48 saves with the Seattle Mariners in 2014.
Fantasy Tip: Rodney had only 16 saves with the Mariners and Chicago Cubs last year. He struggled mightily with Seattle before being demoted from the closer's role, and his walks per nine innings was over 4.00 and his K/9 dropped to 8.33. Although he pitched much better with Chicago, Rodney's penchant for putting runners on base makes him one of the most volatile closers in the game, and he won't see as many save opportunities in San Diego.
Wed, 20 Jan 2016 17:01:06 -0800
Fantasy Tip: More than 10 MLB teams have been connected to Cespedes this offseason, who makes an attractive free-agent pickup because any team that signs him would not have to give up a draft pick as compensation. He should be viewed as a high-end OF2 in all fantasy formats, regardless of where he lands.
Wed, 20 Jan 2016 07:32:23 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Rodney enters a situation without a set-in-stone closer, and he could be a nice find late in drafts as a third reliever.
Fri, 15 Jan 2016 10:29:48 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Ross took a step back last season but is a tremendous talent and a good SP3 in Petco Park.
Fri, 15 Jan 2016 10:02:51 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Ross took a step back last season but is a tremendous talent and a good SP3.
Fri, 15 Jan 2016 09:19:21 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Cashner has tools, as he had an 8.04 K/9 last year, but he was highly hittable with a 1.44 WHIP and a 4.34 ERA. He's a late-round flyer that needs to have that breakthrough season at 29.
Fri, 15 Jan 2016 09:04:15 -0800
Fantasy Tip: It's unknown if the Friars will use Pomeranz as a starter or reliever in 2016. He was much more effective in a relief role for the Oakland Athletics, and the Padres back end of the bullpen is wide open. Stay tuned, but Pomeranz could be in line to be a great sleeper target in later rounds of drafts.
Thu, 14 Jan 2016 18:39:36 -0800
Fantasy Tip: During his first season in the National League, Norris hit .250 with 14 home runs and 62 RBIs in 147 games. He is a midrange catching option in all fantasy formats, although he could lose playing time this year due to the emergence of C Austin Hedges behind the plate and the move of OF Wil Myers to first base.
Thu, 14 Jan 2016 12:11:34 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Ramirez is coming off the worst season of his career and heading to pitcher-friendly PETCO Park doesn't bode well for the 34-year-old shortstop turning it around. At best, Ramirez is a low-end middle infielder in cavernous mixed and NL-only formats.
Thu, 14 Jan 2016 09:44:15 -0800
The San Diego Padres are close to signing a shortstop not free-agent SS Ian Desmond (Nationals), according to sources. Free-agent SS Alexei Ramirez (White Sox) appears to be their choice, barring a surprise.
Fantasy Tip: The fantasy appeal of Ramirez is very low right now, especially after he posted a .249 average with 10 home runs and 17 stolen bases in his final season with the Chicago White Sox. Moving to pitcher-friendly Petco Park will further reduce his appeal, although he can run a bit. He's a low-end middle infield option in deep mixed formats.
Wed, 13 Jan 2016 17:26:02 -0800
Fantasy Tip: The Padres may offer Rodney the opportunity to serve as their closer, which could give them a leg up over the Cubs in the competition to sign him. He went 7-5 with a 4.74 ERA in 68 combined games for Seattle and San Diego in 2015, with 16 saves for the Mariners before he was removed from the ninth-inning role in favor of RP Carson Smith. Despite his struggles last season, Rodney could be worth drafting in the later rounds of mixed fantasy leagues if he will receive a shot to close.
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