Padres To Restart Contract Talks With Maybin

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.

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