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The Mets are reportedly acquiring LHP Joey Lucchesi as part of a three-team trade with the Pirates and Padres. (Source: Robert Murray on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Joe Musgrove is heading to San Diego as the headliner of the trade. Lucchesi will function as rotation depth in New York. He made just three appearances (two starts) during the shortened 2020 season, allowing five earned runs in 5 2/3 innings pitched.

Category: Transactions


Tommy Pham agreed to a one-year, $8.9 million deal with the Padres to avoid arbitration. (Source: Bobby Nightengale on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Pham scuffled at the plate in 2020 with a .624 OPS but dealt with a fractured hamate bone in his right hand that required surgery in the middle of the season. He's getting a nice raise and should hit neat the top of the loaded Padres lineup in 2021.

Category: Transactions


The Padres and RHP Dinelson Lamet avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $4.2 million contract. (Source: Kevin Acee on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Lamet posted a fantastic 2.09 ERA during the shortened 2020 campaign. He ended the year injured but as of October wasn't believed to need surgery. Still, it's fair to view Lamet as a health risk entering draft season.

Category: Transactions


The Padres and C Victor Caratini avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.3 million deal. (Source: Robert Murray on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Caratini was acquired by the Cubs in the same trade that brought Yu Darvish to San Diego. He'll continue serving as Darvish's personal catcher this season.

Category: Transactions


Emilio Pagan avoids arbitration by re-signing with the San Diego Padres for a contract worth $1.57 million dollars. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: In 2020 Pagan had two saves, a 4.50 ERA, and a 1.045 WHIP. Pagan enters into the 2021 season in a big bullpen role with the Padres, hoping to recreate the season he had with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2019.

Category: Transactions


The Padres are working on a contract extension with star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. According to Jon Heyman and Jessica Kleinschmidt, Tatis' contract extension could be 11 years and $320 million. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: With 2019 and 2020 combined, Fernando Tatis Jr. totaled 24 doubles, eight triples, 39 home runs, 111 runs, 98 RBI, and 27 stolen bases. He also slashed .301/.374/.582. Tatis crushed the ball in 2020 with an average exit velocity, hard-hit rate, and barrel rate that all ranked in the 100th percentile. He also ranked 2nd with a 100.2 mph average exit velocity on FB/LD in 2020. Overall, he proved that he's one of the best players in baseball.

Category: Rumors


The Yankees traded for OF Greg Allen from the Padres. (Source: Joel Sherman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Allen was designated for assignment last week and finds a new home in New York. He could serve as a useful pinch-runner for the Yankees, but we don't anticipate him having any fantasy value this year.

Category: Transactions


The Padres officially signed former KBO infielder Ha-Seong Kim to a four-year, $28 million contract. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Incentives could push the total value up to $32 million. This past season Kim hit .307 with 30 homers and 23 stolen bases for the Kiwoom Heroes. It's currently unclear where he'll play defensively, but one would figure that he slots in as the Padres' everyday second baseman with Jake Cronenworth settling serving more as a super-utility player. Kim has the skillset to be fantasy relevant if he gets enough playing time.

Category: Transactions


The Padres have reportedly traded RHP Zach Davies, SS Reggie Preciado, SS Yeison Santana, OF Owen Caissie and OF Ismael Mena to the Cubs in exchange for ace Yu Darvish and C Victor Caratini. (Source: Bob Nightengale on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Davies is part of the huge blockbuster trade that was completed between the Cubs and Padres on Monday. He will immediately fill the void in the Cubs rotation left by trading ace Yu Darvish. The 27-year-old was excellent in 2020, owning a (7-4) record along with a 2.73 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 63 strikeouts over 69 1/3 innings. Davies’ fantasy value shouldn’t change too much with the move to Chicago and expect him be selected within the top-50 starting pitchers in upcoming 2021 fantasy drafts.

Category: Transactions


Francisco Mejía, along with teammates Luis Patiño, Blake Hunt, and Cole Wilcox were traded to the Tampa Bay Rays for Blake Snell. The deal is pending a physical per Dennis Lin of The Athletic. (Source: Dennis Lin on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Patiño is the headliner of the deal but Mejia is still just 24-years-old and has top prospect pedigree. He's yet to perform up to his potential in the majors, though, registering a .225/.282/.386 batting line with 12 home runs and 33 RBI over 334 career at-bats. But Tampa Bay should be a great landing spot for Mejía as he tries to rejuvenate his career.

Category: Transactions


Luis Patiño, along with teammates Francisco Mejïa, Blake Hunt, and Cole Wilcox, are headed to Tampa Bay for Blake Snell. The deal is pending a physical per Dennis Lin of The Athletic. (Source: Dennis Lin on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Padres are giving up a lot to secure the former AL Cy Young winner and Patiño could certainly be considered the headliner. The 21-year-old top pitching prospect holds a career 2.35 ERA and 1.09 WHIP over 234 career minor league innings. He logged 17 innings for Padres during the 2020 season and compiled a 5.19 ERA. He was considered the third-best prospect in San Diego's system and will likely blossom in Tampa Bay.

Category: Transactions


The Padres and LHP Matt Strahm avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.05 million contract. (Source: Dennis Lin on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This was Strahm's second time being eligible for arbitration. The lefty recently underwent knee surgery but he's expected to be ready for spring training.

Category: Transactions


The Padres non-tendered INF Greg Garcia. (Source: Kevin Acee on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Garcia posted a weak .529 OPS during the shortened 2020 campaign. He has been one of the better pinch-hitters in baseball over the past two years.

Category: Transactions


Luis Perdomo was designated for assignment by the Padres on Friday. (Source: San Diego Padres on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The team selected the contracts of pitchers Reggie Lawson and Mason Thompson and INF Tucupita Marcano in a trio of corresponding moves. Perdomo flashed at times but was inconsistent as both a starter and a bullpen arm. He will miss the entirety of the 2021 season as he recovers from Tommy John surgery.

Category: Transactions


The Padres announced they have signed RHP Mike Clevinger to a two-year contract and that he's undergoing Tommy John surgery on Tuesday. (Source: San Diego Padres on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This seems strange on the surface but Clevinger is already under team control for these two years, so both sides are just locking in the salaries as opposed to going through arbitration. The real story here is the Tommy John surgery. Clevinger dealt with elbow problems towards the end of the 2020 campaign and was barely used in the playoffs. He'll miss the entirety of the 2021 campaign, which means he's an afterthought for redraft fantasy preparation right now.

Category: Injury Updates, Transactions


Manny Machado, along with Freddie Freeman and Mookie Betts was named as a finalist for the 2020 NL MVP award. (Source: MLB.com)

Fantasy Impact: Machado along with Fernando Tatis formed quite the dynamic duo for the Padres in 2020. He had a great all-around season and played a key role in helping the Padres make it all the way to the National League Divisional Series. Machado slashed .304/.370/.580 with 16 home runs, 47 RBI, 44 runs scored and six stolen bases over 254 plate appearances in 2020.


Jake Cronenworth, along with Alec Bohm and Devin Williams, has been named as a finalist for the 2020 NL Rookie of The Year award. (Source: BBWAA on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Cronenworth put up a solid season in San Diego, slashing .285/.354/.477 with four home runs, 20 RBI, and three stolen bases across 172 at-bats. Bohm broke on to the scene in mid-August for the Phillies and finished with a .338 batting average and .881 OPS with four home runs and 23 RBI over 160 AB's. Williams was sensational out of the Brewers bullpen, registering a 4-1 record with a 0.33 ERA, 0.63 WHIP, and a 53:9 K/BB ratio over 27 innings. A case could be made for all three to take home the award but the winner will officially be announced on November 9th.


ESPN's Jeff Passan reports the Padres won't exercise Mitch Moreland's 2021 club option. (Source: Jeff Passan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Many assumed that San Diego would bring back Moreland for $3 million, but that apparently isn't happening. The veteran first baseman fell off following a midseason trade from the Red Sox, but it's still a surprising decision. It's currently unclear if the universal DH rule will be in effect again next year.

Category: Transactions


Padres catching prospect Luis Campusano was arrested on Saturday and charged with felony marijuana possession. (Source: San Diego Union-Tribune)

Fantasy Impact: The 22-year-old was allegedly found with 79 grams of marijuana near his hometown of Augusta, Georgia. The Padres have acknowledged his arrest but have declined further comment. Campusano is one of the best catching prospects in baseball and homered in his lone MLB appearance during the regular season. This will be a story to follow for dynasty league fantasy managers.


Trent Grisham went 1-for-4 with an RBI single, a walk, and three strikeouts as the Padres were blown out by the Dodgers 12-3 in Game 3 of the NLDS. San Diego was swept in the series.

Fantasy Impact: Grisham smacked an infield RBI single in the bottom of the second to score Wil Myers and put the Padres up 2-1. That would be the only lead the Padres would hold as the Dodgers offense took the game over after that. The 23-year old had a disappointing postseason with a .136/.296/.182 batting line with two RBI and 11 strikeouts over 22 at-bats. The former first-round pick flashed at times during the regular season and could be a big fantasy asset moving forward as the table setter for the potent Slam Diego offense. He'll need to work on lowering his 25.4-percent K rate, however.

Category: Game Recaps