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Busy day around MLB today as the World Baseball Classic rosters are being announced. Also there were a lot of moves made yesterday that need to be reported. It’s arbitration time, so news will be coming in probably every hour of someone getting a pay raise somewhere. Last night Will Venable got his, which leaves the Padres with seven more players to get done before the deadline. You will see a wide array of articles today from various sources. I did this so that we weren’t bogging down this post with one source (i.e. MLB.com), although I do have two from ESPN. Speaking of ESPN the Padre related article is an insider article (which I think is stupid). I personally don’t have an insider account, but I put it in today for those that might have it and they can enjoy it. Lots to get to today, so let’s do it:
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Luke Gregerson is the lone Padre representative for the WBC – Padres.com
“On Thursday, the U.S. roster was officially released and Gregerson — regarded as one of the top late-inning relievers in the game — was on it as the lone Padres representative on the squad.”
Padres sign Venable – Union Tribune
“Outfielder Will Venable signed a one-year contract Wednesday worth $2.675 million in 2013.”
Padres window of contention – ESPN
“This week, we’re taking a look at every major league team to determine its optimal year for contention over the next five years. This doesn’t mean this is the only year that the team can contend, but rather which year should provide it the best chance for a World Series title.”
U.S. roster for WBC is star filled – MLB.com
“Team USA announced its provisional roster for the upcoming World Baseball Classic on Thursday morning and among the group are a National League Cy Young Award winner, three Most Valuable Players and numerous All-Stars.”
Baseball Prospectus breaks down the new balk rule
“Major League Baseball is considering a rule change that would prevent pitchers from keeping their feet on the rubber while faking a throw to third with runners on the corners.”
Below are the biggest transactions from around the league yesterday
Mariners trade for Michael Morse – ESPN
“The Mariners added some much-needed power to their lineup Wednesday, acquiring Michael Morse from Washington in a three-team deal that moved catcher John Jaso from Seattle to Oakland.”
Rangers lock up Matt Harrison with five-year deal – Fox Sports
“The left-hander and the club agreed to a five-year, $55-million deal through 2017 that also includes a club option for 2018 according to a source. Harrison passed his physical on Wednesday.”
Red Sox, Mike Napoli agree to a one-year deal - CBS Sports
“The Red Sox have agreed to a one-year, $5 million deal with catcher/first baseman Mike Napoli, according to CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman. The deal, which contains performances bonuses, was first reported by WEEI’s Rob Bradford.”
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According to The Union Tribune (via twitter), the Padres have avoided arbitration with Will Venable agreeing to $2.675 million for 2013.
Venable is coming off a 2012 where in 417 at bats he posted a .264/.335/.429 slash line while hitting 9 home runs and driving in 45 RBIs. These numbers have been on par with what he has been capable of for most of his career so far.
Will split time...
The 2013 Padres payroll is still a work in progress. This is an updated chart with 2013 amounts and estimations provided by mlbtraderumors.com for the 2013 Padres Roster.
Padres avoid arbitration with a four players, while still working on three more.
Will Venable $2.675M (Projection $2.5M)
Everth Cabrera $1.275M ($1.2M) via Corey Brock
Joe Thatcher $1.375M ($1.1M) via Corey Brock
John Baker $930K (900K) via CAA
Edinson Volquez $5.275M ($4.6M) via Bill Center
Three players remain unsigned:
Chase Headley – Asking $10.3M, Offered ...
The Padres are asking to host an All-Star Game.
As a Padre fan I’d like to say: what the heck too so long? And don’t tell me that we got the World Baseball Classic instead, that is not a fair trade.
I can’t say I remember the 1978 Mid-Summer Classic (I was busy being born that month). I do remember the buzz created by the game in 1992. The team was pretty good that year...
The San Diego Padres have agreed to one-year contracts with right-handed pitcher Edinson Volquez and left-handed pitcher Joe Thatcher and two others, avoiding arbitration with each.
Volquez went 11-11 with a 4.14 ERA in his first season with the Padres. He will make $5,725,000 next season. He made $2,237,500 in 2012.
Thatcher went 1-4 with a 3.41 ERA and 39 strikeouts over 55 relief...
Where did all the news go? Yesterday was chock full of stories from the Padres and around the league. Today I have three articles, yup, only three. Today is the deadline for teams to trade numbers with their players before leading to arbitration hearings. In fact the deadline was 10AM PST and if you are on twitter following the right people the numbers have been rolling in all morning...
Busy day for news today as a lot of great stories have popped up from around the web. Two, yes I said two, articles have come from Corey Brock on Padres.com explaining some stuff that is happening this week. Also the team is finally going to try and do something about the issue with Time Warner (about time). There is also news on the pitching side of things with the team. According...