Found March 30, 2012 on The Outside Corner:
First, it was catcher Nick Hundley. Then, it was center fielder Cameron Maybin. Now, it's starting pitcher Cory Luebke. The Padres continued their wise trend of locking up young talent by giving the hurler a four year contract extension, going through the 2015 season. The deal also has club option years for 2016 and 2017, which can push this to a six year signing. Curiously, the extension will only buy out Luebke's first year of free agency assuming that both options are exercised. The reported value is $12 million, though it's unclear whether that includes the option years (but I'd assume it doesn't). Luebke started off as a reliever for the Padres last season, but by midseason, had moved into the rotation. Over 46 games (17 starts) and 139 2/3 innings, he struck out 154, walked 44, and had a 3.29 ERA. Those numbers aren't bad by any stretch of the imagination, and 2.4 fWAR for a guy who started off as a reliever in the majors isn't a bad deal at all. F...
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