NL West Rumor Mill: 2/3/15
Padres Add Catching Depth
According to Corey Brock of MLB.com, the San Diego Padres have signed veteran catcher Wil Nieves to a Minor League deal with an invitation to Spring Training. Nieves was drafted by the Padres in the 47th round of the 1995 amateur draft and made his debut with the team in 2002. As Brock mentions, “Don’t be surprised if he pushes for a backup job.” He is expected to compete with Tim Federowicz, for the backup catching spot behind 2014 All-Star Derek Norris.
Padres Still Looking to Add a Proven Ace?
Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports tweeted out something interesting today. First off, he says that the Padres are still working hard to get a frontline starting pitcher. Comes as no surprise considering the offseason Padres GM A.J. Preller has had so far. I wouldn’t put anything past him. Next, he mentions a couple interesting points. According to him, Philadelphia Phillies GM Ruben Amaro “covets” Padres starter Andrew Cashner, and San Diego isn’t on Phillies starter Cole Hamels‘ no-trade list. Is he implying that Cashner could be headed to Philadelphia in a package deal for Hamels? If Amaro’s interest in Cashner is true, I could definitely see it happening if it means the Padres would only have to give up one of their top three prospects in Hunter Renfroe, Matt Wisler, and Austin Hedges.
Also, Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports tweeted that according to multiple executives, the Padres are a team that is believed to have had recent talks with free agent starter James Shields. In a separate tweet, Morosi mentions that Shields has multiple offers at the moment and is expected to make a decision by the end of the week.