The Padres handed out another contract late in a season. However, unlike the Huston Street and Carlos Quentin deals, the 2013 version should draw little criticism.
The organization bought out the remaining 2 arbitration years for Will Venable. Total dollars: $8.5 million. There are quite a few reasons why this deal is a solid investment for the team.
First, Venable likely is worth more than $4.25 million dollars per season and it is likely arbitrators would agree. To put it in some perspective, there were 2 comparable outfielders that could have gone to arbitration prior to this season. Both asked for more than Venable’s guaranteed number. Here are their 2013 numbers:
Shin-Soo Choo WAR: 3.4 285/415/466
Dexter Fowler WAR: 1.6 263/368/410
Will Venable WAR: 2.9 273/315/503
Choo is the highest paid at $7.35 million, and then comes Fowler at $5.8 (average over 2 years) and then Venable at the previously mentioned $4.25. Venable, it should be noted, is also a sign