The Padres will restart contract extension talks with Cameron Maybin in January, two sources told Dan Hayes of the North County Times. GM Josh Byrnes and representatives for the 24-year-old recently had a "broad" discussion about a deal for Maybin, but no offer was made according to a source.
Back in September, the Padres and the center fielder seemed to have mutual interest in working out an extension. Maybin enjoyed a breakout year in 2011, hitting .264/.323/.393 with nine homers in 568 plate appearances. In the youngster's first 100+ game season, he posted a UZR/150 of 11.6 in center field.
Maybin is on track for arbitration eligibility after the 2012 season and free agency after the 2015 season. It's difficult to find a strong comparable for Maybin but Ben Nicholson-Smith has suggested that Jose Tabata might be the best point of reference currently available. Tabata's deal with the Pirates will pay him $11.5MM for his three remaining years of arbitration eligibility.