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Daily Friar 12.20.12 

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Let’s face facts people, being a Padres fan is not easy work. Year in and year out you watch a team that is often times mediocre at best trying to battle it out and try not to land in the cellar. Every year you are promised a better season because we will find better players to help out the squad. Then the offseason comes around and none of these promises are fulfilled. It’s almost as if it is Christmas morning and your sibling got all the good presents while you are left with stuff from the 99 cent store. We have sat back and watched the Dodgers and the Angels grab whoever they want and our biggest signing so far is Jason Marquis. I just read though that we aren’t the only team not doing anything. The Mets haven’t even signed anybody of yet. Then when the Padres think they are going to sign someone, another team swoops in and says, “Nope he is ours, and we will pay him double what you were going to.” This is the case with Edwin Jackson as you can read below. Also below is news on the Marlins signing Placido Polanco. I included this because apparently they had asked about Jedd Gyorko before signing Polanco. Rumor has it the Marlins would have only done Gyorko for Giancarlo Stanton straight up. Again just rumors, I couldn’t find a definitive source on that one. I think I have wrote enough, so here are your links for today:
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Rich Dauer named manager for Double-A San Antonio – Padres.com

“Former Major League infielder Rich Dauer was named manager of the Padres’ Double-A San Antonio affiliate on Wednesday, following four seasons as a coach with the Rockies.”

Padres better off without Mickelson – Union Tribune

“For Padres fans, however, this is not necessarily a bad thing. To paraphrase the Tao Te Ching – the best leaders are the ones you barely know exist.”

Contest on the site for you all – The Friarhood

“In an effort to say thanks to our loyal members I decided to dig up some fun items to giveaway.  Today you have an opportunity to win this Everth Cabrera bobblehead.”

Strong progress for Cubs and Edwin Jackson – MLBTR

“The Cubs have made “strong progress” on a four-year, $52MM deal with Jackson, ESPN.com’s Buster Olney reports.”

Placido Polanco reaches agreement with Marlins – ESPN

“According to teams that have spoken with them, the Marlins unsuccessfully explored trades for three young third basemen — Mike Olt of the Rangers, Nick Castellanos of the Tigers and Jedd Gyorko of the Padres.”

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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.