Padres get star pitching prospect from Marlins for Fernando Rodney

San Diego Padres pitcher Fernando Rodney

Padres acquire Paddack from Marlins for Rodney –
The Padres dealt their veteran closer to the Marlins on Thursday afternoon, in exchange for 20-year-old right-hander Chris Paddack — one of the most dominant pitchers in Class A this season. General manager A.J. Preller said he views Paddack as a potential future No. 2-3 starter for San Diego.

AUDIO: AJ Preller: “Rodney Was A Luxury Item The Deal Was Too Good To Pass Up”
Padres GM AJ Preller joined Scott and BR to talk about trading Fernando Rodney, he scouts Chris Paddack who they got back from the Marlins, the trade market for Melvin Upton Jr., Matt Kemp, who should represent the Padres in the MLB All Star Game and the upcoming International Signing Period.

Dodgers trade for Bud Norris after placing Clayton Kershaw on DL – ESPN
After losing staff ace Clayton Kershaw to the disabled list with a lower back injury, the Los Angeles Dodgers moved quickly to shore up a depleted pitching staff by acquiring right-hander Bud Norris from the Atlanta Braves.

Chargers’ stadium hopes take punch to gut – San Diego Union-Tribune
A simple majority was seen by many as the Chargers’ only hope. For years, in fact, the Chargers argued that the two-thirds threshold was an impossible aim.

Opponents of the Chargers’ measure believe the team acquiring even 50 percent approval would be a challenge. Those foes are positively buoyant about their chances against 66.6 percent.

VIDEO: Kaplan & Acee – Are Chargers Stadium Hopes All But Dead?
Scott Kaplan and Kevin Acee discuss the California Supreme Court’s decision to temporarily block a lower court ruling that said tax increases such as the Chargers stadium initiative need approval from a simple majority instead of two-thirds of voters.

NFL career isn’t only thing Manziel might lose to addiction – USA Today
Someone who recognizes he has a problem also realizes he can’t turn it on and off, as Manziel seems to think he can. And someone who recognizes he has a problem also realizes he needs to focus all his energies on the day that’s in front of him, not think ahead to the possibility of playing in the NFL a year from now, as ESPN reported he has talked about with friends.

UNNAMED SOCCER PODCAST: Can Landon Donovan Bring MLS To San Diego?
Can Landon Donovan bring MLS to San Diego? What his role could mean for the city PLUS congrats to Albion Pros and NC Battalion for making the playoffs in their 1st season!

Grades: Lakers gamble on Timofey Mozgov with four–year, $64M deal – Sports Illustrated
The Lakers have agreed to sign unrestricted free agent center Timofey Mozgov to a four–year contract worth $64 million, according to Yahoo Sports and the Los Angeles Times. Mozgov, 29, averaged 6.3 points and 4.4 rebounds for the Cavaliers last season as he shifted to a reserve role during the team’s championship run. The Russian big man earned $5 million in 2015-16.

AUDIO: Steve Fisher On Off-Season, Draft Advice & Adding Gonzaga To Schedule
Aztecs head coach Steve Fisher on SDSU’s off-season, giving players advice for the draft and adding Gonzaga to the schedule.

Cris Carter’s son was ejected for knocking over opposing CFL coach during a TD celebration – For The Win
After hauling in touchdown pass, Duron Carter took his celebration over to the Ottawa bench and knocked over a coach on the sideline. That obviously didn’t go over well with the Redblacks players who all converged on Carter wanting to fight.


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