Padres Have $5-8MM Left To Spend

A source has indicated that the Padres have about $5-8MM left to spend this offseason, according to Dan Hayes of The North County Times. The team is expected to enter 2010 with a payroll around $40MM. 

"There's no question there's good value out there," said (GM Jed) Hoyer, who declined to comment on which players the Padres have targeted. "Certainly we have money to spend. We're going to spread it around to some of our needs. There's a lot of good players."

Hayes says the club's biggest needs are a veteran pitcher, a righty hitting outfielder, a utility player, and a veteran catcher. We've already seen them connected to Mike Redmond, Ramon Castro, Brad Ausmus, Jerry Hairston Jr., Randy Winn, and Reed Johnson, while Hayes throws Josh Fogg's name into the mix.


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38 Comments on "Padres Have $5-8MM Left To Spend"


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5 years 5 months ago

I would for one rather Dusty Ryan and Hundley push each other for the starting catching job rather than have a “mentor” with little offense. Having said that if they are indeed going to carry a Vet catcher I would prefer the master at calling games in Ausmus.As far as a right handed hitting outfielder, Reed Johnson or Jerry Hairston would be nice, Jerry being ideal, maybe cutting another player out of the equation , meaning playing both infield and outfield enabling him to get more Ab’s. and possibly not having to sign another pricey middle infield FA.As far as starting pitching, I would like to see a few guys, Jon Garland, too pricey IMO. Jeff Weaver, might not be ideal “inning eater” or Doug Davis, maybe my first choice!I also like Johnny Gomes, he is not ideal for Petco, but they guy mashes in a platoon situation with limited Ab’s out of ANY park and can hit lefties, which the Padres lacked in 09

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5 years 5 months ago

Sad time to be a Padre fan if we really go into next season with the same roster plus a minor addition like Jerry Hairston or Noah Lowry. These guys would be as much of a non-factor on the Pads as anywhere else in the league. I hope Hoyer actually flexes his new power as GM to make a significant impact on the roster like he did when he had the opportunity in Boston to make a big move for Beckett (and I do realize how good Hanley Ramirez has become). Saying that, I would not wish to trade Adrian in any possible scenario — at least not until next off-season if it becomes clear that there is no possible way to resign the guy.

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5 years 5 months ago

I am excited for players like Kyle Blanks, Mat Latos, William Venable, Cabrera and the rising talent and player development coming through the farm system quickly.The system is vastly improved in contrast to prior years.Noah Lowry could be a great addition if healthy, Hairston Jr. would be a platoon player with Gwynn, Venable or even Eckie at second also backing up SS. Noah would have to take a SD discount and has already expressed through his agent that, “it would not be a hard sell to pitch in Petco”. Having said that, of course he is still a question mark. If you get get him for far below market value it could be a huge boost for the younger pitchers and a possible come back player of the year along side his buddy Kevin Corriea Am I the only Padre fan that is excited to see these kids play and see what they are made of?I have reservations on Hundley and Headley, BUT… do think BOTH players also have some talent and this year is make or break for both. We shall see, but I have high hopes for both players.

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5 years 5 months ago

Yeah, I agree with what you are saying to a certain extent. I expect Blanks, Latos, and Cabrera to be studs eventually and hopefully they even improve their numbers next season. However I think it is a mistake if we expect these kids to carry us through the year long grind, with our only legit above avg vet being Adrian.

Headley, Venable, and Hundley are average players making the minimum, so I am willing to give them a shot for next season to prove they might become above avg big leaguers, and I don’t expect them to light the world on fire. Cheap young avg players are a great commodity to have with a team on a budget, and these guys are no exception.

Still, it seems like there is still an opportunity to make some moves thru FA or trades. We have a surplus of talent at 3B (on both the MLB roster and in the minors), and a ton of young cheap (yet probably average) arms that could be useful to every team in the majors. With the talent allegedly available that can upgrade our 2B and OF situation, I would simply hope that Jed would get on the phone and make something happen that could upgrade our team with some MLB proven talent. I’m talking about making a move for names like Uggla, BJ Upton (or other stud Rays prospects), Callaspo, Jose Lopez, etc.

In any case, I still plan on going to as many games next season as any other if only to witness the improvement of the kids you mention. But like any other fan, I would prefer to see them win in the process.

Adding vets like Jerry Hairston does not seem like the key to fielding a winning team. While it is said that such players like Hairston and Eckstein can “teach the youngsters how to play the game,” their bats also have a well-established track record of playing below average. For all the flexibility that a Jerry Hairston would give our lineup, he will still be hitting below avg wherever he plays. We need to improve our lineup with above avg bats at more positions than just 1B. While I hope Blanks and Cabrera provide such punch, I do not want to count on such young ball players coming out of spring training. That is really my only point.

Go Padres!

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5 years 5 months ago

Hoyer has said that they will not make any significant FA splashes. Knowing that, we can rule out MANY players. Through trades, the ones you have suggested, Upton, Uggla etc I like these players, I don’t know how realistic they are considering some of their salaries. Also, you would have to give up a lot for players that are A. making SOME money B. At positions they possibly think they COULD fill from within in the next couple of years. Hey, I am with you, I want bigger names bigger bats etc. I just don’t think its realistic considering all the intangibles that come into play.

I don’t see them being able to acquire Upton, IMO they will ask for too much. Uggla is not a good 2nd basemen, yes I love his power, but I would NOT want to see him work with Cabrera a player still learning.

I also do not EXPECT the younger players to carry the team, however I do think they will surprise some people.

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knowidyuh
5 years 5 months ago

Scott Hairston can be had in a trade with the A’s. He would fill the right handed OF hole.

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5 years 5 months ago

5-8 mil LEFT? they make it seem as if they actually spent money somewhere

And another thing, why add Mike Redmond, Ramon Castro, Brad Ausmus, Jerry Hairston Jr., Randy Winn, or Reed Johnson when your team is nowhere near competing? the only thing they would do is take up a spot that should be reserved for a young player to develop.

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TheReturnOfMrBlanks
5 years 5 months ago

Jerry Hairston is a gamer and could be our right handed bat and utility guy in 1 person. I’m curious to see who the Starting pitcher will be since Hoyer isn’t saying who they are targeting… Should be interesting as long as it’s not another move like last year for Shawn Hill.
I’m getting to the point where I just hope we sign someone of significance before everyone is signed and gone. I would even like to see Ankiel out there but it seems like he is asking alot… Like the few guys before me said Gomes would be sweet too.