Originally posted on Friarhood  |  Last updated 9/4/13
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
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