The San Diego Padres have seemingly finalized their roster for the start of the 2012 season by inking Micah Owings to an interesting one year deal worth $1M. It's interesting in that Owings agreed to accept a minor league salary if he is sent down, and he did not require an opt-out clause if he doesn't stick on the ML roster.
This signing is the epitome of the type of team-friendly deals the team should pursue in its offseasons. Arms can be had and for reasonable rates. The risk factor for pitchers is so much lower than for hitters, and we have the park to thank for that.
During the early moves of this offseason, GM Josh Byrnes and Co. seemed intent on trading for arms. As the team moved deeper into the offseason, a formula of trade for offense and sign pitching seemed to prevail, as the team traded for Carlos Quentin and Yonder Alonso and added via free agency the aforementioned Owings.
Owings brings an interesting mixed bag along with him to spring training. A career W...