We’re trying something new here. As long as you all enjoy it and find the links useful, we’ll publish a list of the week’s top Padres links from across the web. This will transform a bit in the coming weeks with a new look we hope to bring to you very soon, but for now, read on and catch up on all the Padres news you’ve missed this week.
2/3/12 – Mike Axisa of Fangraphs, MLB Trade Rumors, and River Avenue Blues fame breaks down the Micah Owings signing with San Diego. According to Axisa, Owings will be able to hide some of his weaknesses on the mound by pitching in San Diego.
2/2/12 – Bill Center of the San Diego Union Tribune reports that Owings will be in a three-way battle for a fifth starter role or a long reliever role. While Owings is on the 40-man roster, “Moseley likely has the inside track on a spot on the Padres staff,” according to Center.
2/2/12 – Joe Soriano, my brother in arms over at Call to the Pen*, analyzed the Owings signing and explained why he doesn’t think Owings is even worth a Major League contract. “$1 million players are worth 0.2 WAR, and Micah Owings isn’t even worth an MLB contract. Usually these types of low-risk, dirt cheap signings are good for ballclubs, but this was an unnecessary signing.”
*For those who don’t know, I write for Call to the Pen as well. Be sure to check my stuff out there as well.
2/2/12 – Grant Brisbee of McCovey Chronicles continues his series that takes a look at the National League West with an analysis of the Padres’ offseason. Among other news, he summarized his thoughts on the Anthony Rizzo trade, “The only move that I hated of theirs was the Rizzo-for-Cashner trade. Because if I’m a team that has a hot first-base prospect, I know I’m looking for wild relievers who missed the season because of shoulder problems.”
2/2/12 – Luke Crane of the Bleacher Report gave us 15 reasons to keep rooting for the San Diego Padres (as if we needed them). “The San Diego Padres may not be the first team that pops into your head when you think about baseball and summer, but with the NFL winding down and MLB spring training about to ramp up, anticipation for that first pitch of the upcoming season is already starting to build,” he started.
1/31/12 – Corey Brock of MLB.com gave us a sneak peak of the upcoming Padres FanFest. Among all the other festivities, Brock reported, “This will be the first chance for fans to purchase tickets to premium games, like Opening Day on April 5 against the Dodgers or Interleague games against the Rangers and Angels.”
1/30/12 – Glenn Miller, with our friends over at Friarhood, explored how Josh Byrnes has been “Executing the Plan.” According to Miller, “Byrnes has a plan and he has wasted little time implementing it.”
There are countless other articles out there, so if we missed something you especially liked, be sure to let me know.