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Top Garrett Cooper News

  • Cubs' Garrett Cooper: Joins Cubs on minor-league deal

    Cooper agreed to a minor-league contract with the Cubs on Sunday, Craig Mish of the Miami Herald reports.

    Cooper was an All-Star in 2022 and put together another solid season in 2023, slashing .251/.304/.419 with 17 home runs, 61 RBI and 42 runs over 123 games between the Marlins and Padres. He'll have to settle for a minor-league contract with the Cubs but will compete for a roster spot as a non-roster invitee this spring. The Cubs had a question mark at first base heading into spring training but alleviated some of those concerns by agreeing to terms with Cody Bellinger on Sunday. The team also has young players available to play first base when Bellinger is in center field, as Michael Busch was traded from the Dodgers to the Cubs this offseason, while Matt Mervis made his major-league debut for Chicago in 2023. However, if the Cubs don't feel as though Busch or Mervis are ready to handle regular playing time, Cooper could land on the active roster to provide a veteran presence.

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  • Padres' Garrett Cooper: Lifts homer in win

    Cooper went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and a double in Wednesday's 5-2 extra-inning win over the Giants.

    Cooper tied the game at 2-2 with his seventh-inning blast. The first baseman logged just his second multi-hit effort in September, a month in which he's gone 10-for-48 (.208) with three homers and nine RBI over 18 games. He's at a .254/.306/.426 slash line with 17 homers, 18 doubles, 61 RBI, 42 runs scored and no stolen bases through 121 games between San Diego and Miami this year.

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  • Padres' Garrett Cooper: Swats homer in win

    Cooper went 1-for-5 with a two-run home run in Monday's 11-9 win over the Rockies.

    Cooper had struggled recently, going 1-for-13 over his previous seven games, though he had four walks in that span. His second-inning blast got the Padres on the board in this contest. The first baseman has a career-high 16 homers while adding 59 RBI, 40 runs scored, 17 doubles, a triple and a .252/.301/.421 slash line through 115 games between San Diego and Miami this season.

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  • Padres' Garrett Cooper: On bench again Sunday

    Cooper is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Athletics.

    Cooper finds himself on the bench for the second straight game and the fourth time in San Diego's past six. It appears the 32-year-old won't have an everyday spot in the lineup down the stretch, with Jurickson Profar and Ji-Man Choi in the mix at first base.

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  • Padres' Garrett Cooper: Sitting Saturday

    Cooper will sit Saturday against Oakland.

    Cooper owns a .485 OPS over his last 12 games, well below the .869 OPS he managed over his first 18 games as a Padre. Ji-Man Choi will handle first base Saturday.

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  • Padres' Garrett Cooper: Absent from lineup Saturday

    Cooper isn't in the Padres' lineup Saturday against Houston.

    Cooper is slashing just .237/.281/.405 against right-handers this season, and he'll ride the bench Saturday against righty Cristian Javier. Jurickson Profar will draw the start at first base instead and bat seventh.

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  • Padres' Garrett Cooper: Out of lineup Friday

    Cooper is not in the lineup Friday against the Astros.

    Matt Carpenter will play first base and bat seventh versus the Astros and right-hander Hunter Brown. Cooper has struggled against righties this year, but he should generally be the Padres' primary first baseman with Jake Cronenworth (wrist) unlikely to return this season.

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  • Padres' Garrett Cooper: On bench Tuesday

    Cooper is absent from the lineup Tuesday versus the Phillies.

    Matt Carpenter will start at first base and bat seventh for the Padres as they take on right-hander Michael Lorenzen. Acquired from the Marlins just before the Aug. 1 trade deadline, Cooper is slashing .271/.333/.429 with two homers and 10 RBI in 24 games (78 plate appearances) so far with San Diego.

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  • Padres' Garrett Cooper: Not starting Sunday

    Cooper is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Giants, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

    Cooper has been operating as San Diego's primary first baseman over the past couple weeks, and he's succeeded in the role with an .805 OPS in his last 11 games. Matt Carpenter will start at first and bat seventh for Sunday's series finale versus San Francisco.

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  • Padres' Garrett Cooper: Blasts three-run homer

    Cooper went 1-for-3 with a three-run home run in Saturday's 6-1 win over the Giants.

    The Padres led from the first inning on, with Cooper's blast in the sixth solidifying their advantage. The first baseman started off a bit slow with San Diego, but he's gone 14-for-41 (.341) with a homer and seven RBI over his last 11 contests. He's picked up playing time since Jake Cronenworth (wrist) went on the injured list. Cooper is a lock to be in the lineup versus southpaws, but he's also gained a starting role against right-handers over the last week.

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  • Padres' Garrett Cooper: Sitting Thursday

    Cooper isn't in the Padres' lineup Thursday against the Giants.

    After going 0-for-9 across his last two games, Cooper will get a day off to regroup during Thursday's series opener. Matthew Batten will start at first base and bat eighth while Cooper rests.

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  • Padres' Garrett Cooper: Drives in three runs

    Cooper went 3-for-5 with three RBI in Monday's win over St. Louis.

    Cooper knocked a go-ahead RBI single in the seventh inning and added two insurance runs in the ninth. He's collected multiple hits in four of his last five games and has gone 16-for-49 (.327) since being acquired by the Padres. For the season, he's slashing .266/.311/.432 with 51 RBI and 30 extra-base hits.

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  • Padres' Garrett Cooper: Takes hold of regular role

    Cooper will start at first base and bat eighth in Wednesday's game against the Marlins.

    Cooper has largely served as a short-side platoon player between first base and designated hitter with the Padres, but he's carved out a larger share of the playing time versus right-handed pitching since Ji-Man Choi (rib) was placed on the 10-day injured list Aug. 14. Since Choi played his last game Aug. 11, Cooper has started nine of the Padres' subsequent 12 games, and two of those absences came over the weekend while Cooper dealt with a wrist injury.

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  • Padres' Garrett Cooper: Gets green light Monday

    Cooper (wrist) is in the lineup for Monday's game against the Marlins.

    A wrist injury bothered Cooper over the weekend, but he is feeling good enough to slot in as San Diego's designated hitter Monday night. He will hit eighth against Miami starter Ryan Weathers.

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  • Padres' Garrett Cooper: Exits after hit-by-pitch

    Cooper (wrist) was hit by a pitch as a pinch hitter in the ninth inning of the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against Arizona and was immediately removed for a pinch runner.

    After jamming his wrist Friday and being left out of the starting lineup for Saturday's matinee, Cooper felt well enough to pinch hit with the Padres trying to overcome a 6-4 deficit in the final frame, but he was drilled by a 93.8 mph Paul Sewald fastball just above the left elbow. Cooper was immediately replaced by Jose Azocar on the basepaths, but given that he represented the tying run, manager Bob Melvin might have made that move regardless. Cooper didn't make an appearance in the nightcap, but with San Diego now off Sunday after MLB juggled the schedule due to Hurricane Hilary, the 32-year-old will get a chance to heal up ahead of a home series against the Marlins that's still set to begin Monday.

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  • Padres' Garrett Cooper: Dealing with wrist issue

    Cooper was removed from Friday's win over the Diamondbacks after jamming his wrist, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

    It doesn't sound like a major issue, but it's possible Cooper won't be available to play during Saturday's doubleheader. That could lead to Matt Carpenter seeing some rare action in the field for the Padres.

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  • Padres' Garrett Cooper: Gets breather Wednesday

    Cooper is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Orioles.

    Ben Gamel will serve as the Padres' designated hitter and bat eighth. This appears to be a routine day of rest for Cooper, who has tallied two doubles and a homer over his last three games.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-5, 235 lbs
Birthplace: Torrance, CA
Age: 33
School: Auburn
Experience: 6
Bats/Throws: R, R