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Padres Links: Paying a Pitcher, Petco Park, Padre Puffer in Prison and Players from the Past

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  • Heath Bell Actively Sought By Blue Jays, Marlins, Other Team - Baseball Nation
    Lots of rumors swirling around about Heath Bell. The important thing is to remain calm and keep your head on a swivel.
    Somebody is probably going to give Heath Bell a pretty big contract, sometime soon.
  • Heath Bell and Park Effects | FanGraphs Baseball
    Some of Bell's success is a result of pitching in Petco Park, in front of superior fans. FanGraphs says there are cheaper alternatives.

    Unless a team also figures out how to sign Petco Park simultaneously, his home run prowess almost certainly won’t follow him to a new city, and so the strikeout rate would have to return to elite levels for Bell to maintain his status as a top-notch closer.
  • RHP Brandon Puffer overcoming adversity as inmate in state prison - Examiner.com
    Former Padres pitcher Brandon Puffer (2004) is hoping to get parole. He was convicted of burglary with the intent to commit rape. For that he received a 5 year sentence. He says he's a changed man and he's hoping to pitch again.

  • Homegrown Team: San Diego Padres - CBSSports.com
    What if we lived in a world where our team looked even crappier than it already does? Actually I don't know, is that a better team?

    What if players were only permitted to stay with the team that originally made them a professional? No trades, no Rule-5 Draft, no waivers, no minor- or major-league free agency ... once you are a professional baseball player, you stay in that organization.