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Manny Machado played in his first spring game on Monday versus the Royals and wasted no time collecting his first home run.

Fantasy Impact: Machado went 1-for-3 and the home run came in his very first at-bat of the spring on a 2-0 count against the Royals' Brad Keller. Machado ended 2019 poorly, batting just .209 over the final two months of the season, so it's important to get off on the right foot in order to build some momentum going into the regular season.

Category: Game Recaps


Luis Campusano was listed by MLB.com as the Padres top power prospect entering the 2020 season. (Source: MLB.com )

Fantasy Impact: Campusano swatted 15 homers and 31 doubles en route to posting a .509 slugging percentage at High-A Lake Elsinore last season. The catching prospect won the circuit batting title with a .325 batting average, displaying excellent plate discipline in taking 52 walks against 57 strikeouts. Given the sparse landscape of impact fantasy catchers currently in the big leagues, Campusano is an attractive option to stash in dynasty leagues as part of the next wave of offensive backstops.


Zach Davies started the game against the Brewers on Sunday and pitched two scoreless innings, including one strikeout.

Fantasy Impact: In his first game action since being traded in the off-season, Davies faced his former team and, while it was just two innings in the Cactus League, he appeared capable of being the Padres' fourth starter in the rotation. Davies was decent during his tenure in Milwaukee, but the Padres are hoping he fares even better with the switch to pitcher-friendly Petco Park. His career home ERA with the Brewers was 4.65, while on the road it was 3.04.

Category: Game Recaps


MacKenzie Gore flashed his "nasty" arsenal in his second live batting practice on Wednesday. (Source: MLB.com)

Fantasy Impact: Gore pitched to Jurickson Profar, Greg Garcia, Fernando Tatis Jr., and Manny Machado. The battle with Machado lasted eight pitches, ending with a back door breaking ball that caught Machado looking. Gore, a top-five consensus pitching prospect, threw just 21 1/3 innings in Double-A Amarillo last season, so we shouldn't see his live arm with the big club until later in 2020 or possibly 2021. He should be owned in all dynasty formats.


MLB.com is reporting that new Padres manager Jayce Tingler wants Jurickson Profar to focus on second base to begin the season. (Source: MLB.com)

Fantasy Impact: Profar has been all over the diamond with his previous two clubs, providing fantasy players with utility options. Depending on your format, he should retain multi-position eligibility for 2020. Tingler indicated that he wants Profar to work on his throwing, so fantasy owners should temper expectations that the former top prospect will come out of the gate firing as an offensive weapon. However, Profar did post an OPS of .824 with 10 homers in just 167 at-bats after the All-Star Game last year, flashing some of Profar's potential value.


Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune writes the Padres are still discussing a trade with the Red Sox surrounding Wil Myers. (Source: San Diego Union-Tribune)

Fantasy Impact: However, it appears that the Red Sox would mainly be interested in acquiring some prospects from the Padres in exchange for taking on Myers' contract. Cal Quantrill has been named as a potential young pitcher who could be on the move. Right now it's unclear what Boston would be giving up in this exchange.

Category: Rumors


Tommy Pham told reporters Thursday that he played through a partially torn UCL last year. (Source: Dennis Lin on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Pham still managed to play in 145 games with the Rays but said that the issue "bothered him". The outfielder received stem cell injections and PRP therapy throughout the off-season. One would hope he's healthier entering 2020.

Category: Injury Updates


Padres GM A.J. Preller says the team has no plans to move Fernando Tatis Jr. to center field. (Source: AJ Cassavell on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Tatis made a ton of flashy highlights at shortstop last season but also struggled with some routine plays. It would be silly to give up on him as a shortstop this early in his career, however. The 21-year-old hit 22 homers and stole 16 bases in just 84 games as a rookie last season. He's often going in the second round of fantasy drafts this spring.


Manuel Margot traded to Rays

Sat, Feb 8th 10:04pm EST
By Connor Rooney

Manuel Margot, along with Padres prospect Logan Driscoll, were traded to the Tampa Bay Rays Saturday night in exchange for relief pitcher Emilio Pagan. (Source: Josh Tolentino on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Margot will reunite with former teammate Hunter Renfroe in Tampa. Margot figures to serve as a fourth outfielder for the Rays, as he'll likely find himself behind Austin Meadows, Refroe, and newly acquired Yoshitomo Tsutsugo.

Category: Transactions


The Mariners claimed Nick Margevicius off waivers from the Padres. (Source: Mariners PR on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The 23-year-old lefty posted a 6.79 ERA in the majors last season. However, he has flashed potential in the minor leagues and should see some starts with Seattle in 2020.

Category: Transactions


Ian Kinsler has announced he is retiring from baseball. (Source: Ken Rosenthal on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Kinsler is still owed $4.25 million in 2020 but he is going to work out a settlement with the Padres and remain with the team in a front office role. The 37-year-old hit just .217 with a .646 OPS last year. He finishes his career with 1,999 hits.


The Padres have signed RP Kyle Barraclough to a minor league contract that includes an invite to spring training. (Source: Jon Morosi on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Barraclough was a top young RP during his time with Miami, but his limiting factor was always command. After being traded to the Nationals prior to the 2019 season, Barraclough imploded and was ultimately waived by Washington. He finished the season in San Francisco, continuing to struggle with his command, before hitting the free agent market. Barraclough is an intriguing arm and it makes sense for San Diego given the minor commitment. While he could develop into an interesting late-inning arm for the Padres, he's unlikely to enter the season on the fantasy radar.

Category: Transactions


Hunter Renfroe was traded from San Diego along with Xavier Edwards in exchange for Tommy Pham on Thursday. (Source: Bob Nightengale on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The deal will be completed, pending physicals. Renfroe had minor foot surgery to remove a bone spur in September, but should be ready to go for spring training. He slashed .216/.298/.489 with 33 home runs, 64 RBI, 64 runs scored and five stolen bases across 494 plate appearances last season. Renfroe has some serious power, as he has belted at least 26 home runs the last three years. He should see everyday at-bats and flirt with 30-plus homers again in 2020.

Category: Transactions


Per Ken Rosenthal, Drew Pomeranz will receive $34 million from the Padres over the next four years, with a majority of that salary being paid in the final two years of the contract. Pomeranz will also receive an $8 million signing bonus. (Source: Ken Rosenthal on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Pomeranz had an excellent second half of 2019, posting a 1.96 ERA with 57 strikeouts and 10 walks over 36 2/3 innings of work. He will join a bullpen lead by elite closer Kirby Yates, meaning the road to fantasy relevance is a little unclear for Pomeranz. He is currently projected for a setup role, leaving him as an option in hold leagues with potential for saves if Yates misses any time in 2020.

Category: Transactions


The Brewers acquired pitcher Eric Lauer and infielder Luis Urias from the Padres in exchange for pitcher Zach Davies and outfielder Trent Grisham. (Source: Ken Rosenthal on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Lauer moves from pitcher-friendly Petco Park to hitter-friendly Miller Park. He owns a 8-10 record, 4.45 ERA, 1.40 WHIP with 138 strikeouts across 149 2/3 innings in 2019. Lauer's fantasy value will take a hit with the move to Milwaukee, he owned a 5.99 ERA, 1.49 WHIP and a 9.4 K/9 away from Petco Park. He will slot in at the back end of Milwaukee's rotation in 2020.

Category: Transactions


Infielder Luis Urias has been traded to the Milwaukee Brewers along with pitcher Eric Lauer in exchange for outfielder Trent Grisham and pitcher Zach Davies, according to multiple reports. (Source: Jeff Passan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Urias is a high-contact player not necessarily known for his power, but he is moving to a more hitter-friendly ballpark in Milwaukee and should have a clear path to playing time, with the Brewers expected to make him their everyday shortstop.

Category: Transactions


Garrett Richards received a no-decision on Saturday against the Diamondbacks, allowing one run on one hit over 3 1/3 innings.

Fantasy Impact: The only hit he allowed was a solo homer to Christian Walker. Richards also struck out four and walked four as he struggled with his control. The 31-year-old made three starts this year in his return from injury and will hopefully have a normal off-season to get ready for 2020.

Category: Game Recaps


Joey Lucchesi fell to 10-10 on Thursday versus the Dodgers, spinning six innings of one-run ball while striking out six.

Fantasy Impact: Lucchesi allowed three hits and two walks as the Padres went on to lose 1-0. The lefty finishes the 2019 campaign with a 10-10 record, a 4.18 ERA, a 1.22 WHIP, and 158 strikeouts in 163 2/3 innings. The 26-year-old will be an interesting late-round starter come 2020 fantasy drafts.

Category: Game Recaps


Francisco Mejia went 1-for-4 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored in the Padres' 6-4 loss to the Dodgers on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Mejia is now 5-for-14 since being activated off the injured list on September 17th. He has had a fantastic second half of the season and will be a top-10 fantasy catcher entering 2020.

Category: Game Recaps


Dinelson Lamet received a no-decision on Wednesday against the Dodgers, striking out 10 while giving up four runs on six hits over five innings pitched.

Fantasy Impact: He also issued two walks. Lamet's final start of the season was a lot like the rest of his, displaying a ton of strikeout upside despite giving up some runs. The 27-year-old started 14 games this year, posting a 4.07 ERA with 105 strikeouts in 73 innings. He's a name to remember for the end of 2020 fantasy drafts.

Category: Game Recaps


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