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Links: Akerfelds' cancer, No 3 year deals, Farm might buy the farm, Coleman signing

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  • San Diego Padres bullpen coach Darrel Akerfelds too busy living to worry about dying of cancer - ESPN
    This article is an emotional roller coaster. I'm just warning you now.

    "For God's sake,'' Bell said later, "he treats it like the flu.''
    Padres bullpen coach Darrel Akerfelds was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last year and still suited up for 148 games. Unfortunately the cancer has now spread to his liver. Keep him in your prayers.
  • Bell says Padres' last offer came in August | SignOnSanDiego.com
    As much as it sucks to see Heath Bell leave, I am kind of glad that the Padres are sticking to their guns and not signing aging players to long contracts. Besides, the way the team is looking now, we won't have much use for a closer for about 3 years.

    "I did talk to Seth (Levinson) a couple of times," Byrnes said of Bell’s agent. "But our general range hadn’t changed from August. We’re pretty militant about the time we give out. The length of deals are guards against mistakes. "We’re not going to offer anyone a three-year contract."
  • The Sacrifice Bunt " Josh Byrnes the Diamondback in the form of lines on a screen
    The Sac Bunt has a graph that they think might foretell the downfall of the Padres farm system.

    Here’s what I think: the Diamondbacks did not see nearly enough major league success in exchange for a farm system that tanked so badly, and I don’t see where Jeff Moorad‘s high level of confidence in Josh Byrnes comes from. Meanwhile, Jed Hoyer brought the Padres’ farm from near the bottom to the top, and was allowed to leave along with draft guru Jason McLeod after Jeff Moorad refused to match the Chicago Cubs’ contract offer to Hoyer.
  • ESCONDIDO: Padres announcer Jerry Coleman joins holiday celebrations
    Jerry Coleman will be doing a book signing tonight and then on Saturday he'll be the Grand Marshall of the Escondido Christmas Parade. If you haven't read his book, you should really cruise up there and get a signed copy. It's a great read.