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Daily Friar 12.21.12 

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Happy apocalypse day! Or so some people believe. Anyway, the end of the world won’t stop me from loving my Padres. Even if they don’t seem to be improving themselves yet at all. Free agent pitching is coming at a premium of late and we know that. Which means the Padres need to trade for a pitcher, there is no other way around it really. Every day it seems that another free agent pitcher is coming off the market and pretty soon the Padres will be picking from the scrap heap. Yesterday, as noted, we saw Edwin Jackson get picked up by the Cubs. Tom Gorzelanny was also picked up yesterday by the Brewers. Today there was another move, which I will post the link to below. There are still some free agent pitchers available, but as we have seen they won’t come cheap, especially when teams that stand a better chance at contending are vying for them as well. But let’s get to those links today:
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Barry Bloom at MLB.com interviewed Bud Black

“Black is thoughtful and glib and has a dry sense of humor. He recently sat down with MLB.com to reflect on those first six seasons.”

Padres sign Cody Ransom – MLBTR

“In 282 total plate appearances, Ransom posted a .220/.312/.411 batting line with 11 home runs and 14 doubles. The 36-year-old played all four infield positions.”

Nicaragua names Everth Cabrera their pro athlete of 2012 – nzweek.com

“Nicaraguan-born Everth Cabrera, who plays for U.S. major league team San Diego Padres, has been named his country’s Professional Athlete of 2012, a sports media source said Thursday.”

Baseball’s five most and five least improved teams – ESPN

“Meanwhile, here are the five teams whose winning-it-all odds have taken the biggest turn south since the day after the World Series, according to Bovada: [the Padres make the list]”

Some of the biggest MLB headlines will be found below courtesy of MLB.com

Pirates sign Francisco Liriano -

“The Pirates have agreed to terms on a two-year, $14 million contract with pitcher Francisco Liriano, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported on Friday.”

Rangers sign A.J. Pierzynski -

“The Rangers reached an agreement with catcher A.J. Pierzynski on a one-year contract worth $7.5 million on Thursday, according to a source.”

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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.