So, the Padres sure did a whole lot of nothin’, eh?

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The Padres went hog wild in December. Then they lost a lot of games and many people — present company included — assumed that they’d make a lot of noise at the trade deadline. Reports were that they’d trade Tyson Ross, Andrew Cashner, Justin Upton and maybe James Shields. Maybe even more!

But that didn’t happen. In fact, they did nothing. Nada. Zip. Why?

I suppose stranger things have happened. Worth nothing, however, that they have a worse record than the Tigers, who are selling off. They are eight games back in their division and they seven and a half back in the wild card with five teams ahead of them, many of them pretty strong teams. It’s hard to see that happening.

But hey, in these awful times, is it not nice to see someone being optimistic? Padres fans? Do you agree?

Andrew McCutchen ‘ready to go’ whenever season begins

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Phillies outfielder Andrew McCutchen would have opened the regular season on the injured list if it had started on time. Now, with the start of the season pushed back at least a few months due to coronavirus (COVID-19), the veteran five-time All-Star says he will be “ready to go” whenever the season begins, he told NBC Sports Philadelphia.

McCutchen, 33, tore his ACL in early June, ending his 2019 campaign. To that point, he had been quite productive for the Phillies, batting .256/.378/.457 with 10 home runs and 29 RBI over 262 plate appearances. If and when the 2020 season does begin, he will likely reprise his role as the leadoff hitter, this time under new manager Joe Girardi.

2020 marks the second year of McCutchen’s three-year, $50 million contract initially signed with the Phillies in December 2018. The Phillies also hold a $15 million club option for the 2022 season with a $3 million buyout.