Recent thoughts of the San Diego Padres worming their way back into the National League West race were a mirage.
PHOENIX — Last month, Padres third base prospect James Darnell stepped away from tormenting Texas League pitchers long enough to take a phone call from San Diego general manager Jed Hoyer.
Heath Bell will be representing the San Diego Padres in the 2011 MLB All-Star Game. That much is certain, or at least all-but-certain—where he’ll be by the trade deadline on July 31st is a different story entirely, if you believe the trade rumors that have swirled around the Padres’ closer almost from the moment he became the Padres’ closer. Recent reports have mentioned that the Padres’ current asking price is too rich for the St. Louis Cardinals’ blood, which could be part of the reason the trade talks have gone quiet ahead of the All-Star Break.