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Daily Friar 1.16.13 

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Busy day for news today as a lot of great stories have popped up from around the web. Two, yes I said two, articles have come from Corey Brock on Padres.com explaining some stuff that is happening this week. Also the team is finally going to try and do something about the issue with Time Warner (about time). There is also news on the pitching side of things with the team. According to Corey Brock on his twitter account (click here for the link), the Padres are not going after and were never going after Shaun Marcum or Joe Saunders. In my opinion, Corey Brock has been the buzzkill of the Padres offseason. A rumor pops up that might give us fans some hope and he comes in and shoots it down right away. Anyway, like I said a lot to get to so let’s get to it:

Padres seek first All-Star Game at Petco Park – Padres.com

“Padres executive chairman Ron Fowler said on Tuesday that the team is preparing a presentation for Major League Baseball, as per the request of the Commissioner’s office, to propose bringing a Midsummer Classic to San Diego.”

Chase Headley among eight Padres heading to arbitration – Padres.com

“Padres catcher John Baker, shortstop Everth Cabrera, third baseman Chase Headley, outfielder Will Venable and pitchers Luke Gregerson, Joe Thatcher, Clayton Richard and Edinson Volquez all filed for salary arbitration on Tuesday.”

Padres to intervene on Time Warner/Fox TV impasse – Union Tribune

“The Padres are planning to talk directly with Time Warner Cable to end the Fox-Time Warner impasse that last season blacked out 42 percent of the county from receiving Padres telecasts.”

Burt Hooton named TinCaps pitching coach – TinCaps Official

“The Fort Wayne TinCaps are pleased to announce that Burt Hooton, a veteran of 15 Major League seasons, will serve as pitching coach for the 2013 season.”

Tim Stauffer is throwing again from 75 feet – NBC Sports

“Stauffer underwent surgery to repair a flexor tendon in his right (pitching) elbow in late August but is only two weeks behind his normal offseason schedule.”

The Padres don’t need more starting pitching - Gaslamp Ball

“This isn’t the sexiest group of arms, but the free agent market lacked — and still lacks — much in the way of upgrades, and with all of the young arms already on board for mid-season and into the future, giving up a draft pick for someone like Lohse makes little sense.”

Three for the Show: Catchers – Chris Kelly of The Friarhood

“With Grandal out and Hundley a big question mark, the catching position is in a precarious situation. The problem is, there isn’t a whole lot of impact help that’s ready to step up. This has to be an area of some concern to the organization as we move closer to pitchers and catchers reporting.”

News from around MLB is below:

World Baseball Classic rosters are to be announced Thursday – MLB.com

“Team USA’s roster is slated for release at 10 a.m. ET with the best of the rest following at 4 p.m. ET. Both announcements are scheduled for MLB Network, with U.S. manager Joe Torre commenting on the American team after the morning announcement.”

Nationals agree on two-year deal with Rafael Soriano – MLB.com

“The Nationals made their bullpen even better on Tuesday afternoon, agreeing to sign reliever Rafael Soriano to a two-year, $28 million contract, pending a physical, according to baseball sources.”

Phillies sign Aaron Cook – MLBTR

“The Phillies signed free agent starter Aaron Cook to a minor league deal, Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports reports. The Pro Star Management, Inc. client would earn $1.625MM at the MLB level.”

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About the author: Matt Rennick

Born and raised in San Diego and a Padres fan since day one. On that fateful night of September 6, 1989 when I came into this world, the game was on in the delivery room and the Padres beat the Astros and I have been forever engrained with Padre blood. I have followed sports my whole life and have written the Daily Friar for over a year and enjoy bringing all of you the news each morning.