Padres Agree To Deal With Cory Luebke

The Padres today announced that they have agreed to terms with left-hander Cory Luebke on a contract through the 2015 season with club options for 2016 and 2017.  The 27-year-old is represented by Meister Sports Management.

The deal will give Luebke a guaranteed $12MM, according to Tom Krasovic of Inside The Padres (via Twitter).  If both options are exercised, Luebke could earn up to $27.75MM, tweets Corey Brock of

The contract can potentially cover Luebke's arbitration eligible years and his first year of free agency.  The lefty appeared in 46 games for the Padres last season, posting a 3.29 ERA with 9.9 K/9 and 2.8 BB/9.

21 Responses to Padres Agree To Deal With Cory Luebke Leave a Reply

  1. Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The Padres extended the RIGHT pitcher. Nicely done.

  2. So you’re saying they extended him?

  3. wadebets 3 years ago

    I like this signing for the Padres. Totally off topic, but I think the fonts on this site could use some updating. Something more modern and not so craigslist-y. Just my opinion.

  4. Beersy 3 years ago

    I can’t wait until this team actually gets an owner!  With all the upheaval in the front office, they are still signing some very smart extensions with their young stars. 

    Luebke has the makings of an ace, at least a #2, and will be an anchor in the rotation.  With Kelly, Erlin and Wieland hopefully making their way to Petco in the next year or two, this signing will show them that this franchise is serious about signing their young players that have shown high upside.

    Another great move Mr. Byrnes and Mr. Garfinkel.  Keep this up and the new owners might just keep you on. :)

  5. padresfuture 3 years ago

    The padres are very quickly becoming the NL version of the Rays. They are really starting to manage the team well. The current phase of locking up core youngsters will be followed up with an effort to start drafting and aquiring higher risk but elite upside players. With the new CBA allowing for 2 years of protection on top draft picks, I could see the Padres drafting several highschoolers this year.

    • Drew Tweedie 3 years ago

       What do you mean by two years of protection on top draft picks?

      •  Under the old CBA, if you failed to sign a player you got the pick back (well, one pick later) the next year.  But if you failed to sign that pick again, you received nothing.  Now that coverage lasts an extra year.

        • Drew Tweedie 3 years ago

          Allows a bit more flexibility then. I like it.

    • johnsilver 3 years ago

       it remains to be seen if they have locked up correct players. Friedman has done a fantastic job in spotting people to lock up and then going year to year with players to not go LT with. Not to mention a super competitive team over the last 4 seasons.

      It might take another couple of years before we see how well SD did on these deals before can find out if they were all smart or not, but the friedman deals were all success stories where he went multiple years and he did a good job of moving some before they went bad even.. See Kazmir to Anaheim.

      • walnutfalcons 3 years ago

         You could argue that they waited too long to trade Kazmir.  At one point, you could have gotten a team to unload their farm system for a guy like that. 

  6. Drew Tweedie 3 years ago

    Unexpected, but very welcome. Get on with yo’ bad self K-Y.

    I think what I like most about this is the organization is not opposed to locking up pitching talent as well as the players in the field; there was a quote attributed to Byrnes that the team wouldn’t be signing pitchers to extensions, which seemed absolutely ludicrous. Please, keep management in place new owners.

  7. dvmin98 3 years ago

    Another great signing by Byrnes.  Now, if they have good years, we need to lock up Alonso and Cashner and expand the core to 5 solid players, with the potential of trading the team-friendly contract of Hundley if Grandal pans out to be the player we all hope he can be.  Then extend him.

    If Kelly, Weiland, Erlin, Gyorko, Spangenberg, Ross, Hedges, Rincon and Liriano all pan out, we really could be something in about 2-3 years.

    I worry that whoever buys the Padres decides to bring in ‘their’ guy and gets rid of Byrnes.  I really, really like what he’s doing.  If the new owner will keep Byrnes and continues to invest in the draft, and even gets the payroll up to the low 70’s (million), we have a bright bright future.

    Sorry for jumping around, but Im excited!

    • Beersy 3 years ago

      Heck, if half of the players you mentioned pan out the Padres will be a team to be reckoned with.  I too am worried about Garfinkel and Byrnes being shown the door when a new owner takes over, however the moves they have made since taking over from Hoyer have strengthened this franchise even further.  I personally, and of course that means nothing in the baseball world, think it would be an awful move by the new ownership to get rid of either guy.

      This is a great time to be a Padre fan.

  8. Lastings 3 years ago

    I gotta say every time I see your user name I misread it for “Joe Besser” and keep hearing “Not So Haaaaard!!!” in my head…

    (I don’t think anyone other than maybe one or two people here knows who Joe Besser was)

  9. cubs223425 3 years ago

    That’s just a crazy assessment. Half of a season as a good starter trumps 2 full seasons as a really good starter (1 of which was great)?

    I disagree.

  10. Hmm Latos had a stretch of baseball that was the best in MLB history and Luebke is “easily better”?


    But Luebke is very good.

  11. dvmin98 3 years ago

    I think Latos is over all a better pitcher.  When it comes to crunch time, then I think Luebke becomes the better pitcher because he doesn’t seem to let the stress get to his head.  If I had bases loaded and nobody out, I’d rather have Luebke out there because he doesn’t start to over throw, etc. Latos has nastier stuff, imo.

    Also, Luebke does tend to stay healthier than Latos, so that’s another plus.  Glad to know he has the potential to be in SD for another 5 or 6 years.

  12. rizdak 3 years ago

     Luebke’s Away stats were actually better than at Petco last year. I’m optimistic.

  13. His K rate actually improved slightly as a starter…….most people see a dip in K rate based on higher innings totals, that wasn’t evident last year.  I think that is less of a concern in the NL, where he gets the pitcher hitting 2x as a starter and never as a reliever.

  14. Amish_willy 3 years ago

    Here is Latos young career looked more closely upon:

    5.07 era, 14gs (268 ab) 71ip, 67h, 12hr, 29bb/52k (.250/.325/.425)

    1.64 era, 22gs (508 ab), 142ip, 89h, 9hr, 37bb/157k (.175/.234/.256)

    5.04 era, 20gs (435 ab), 109ip, 126h, 11hr, 40bb/101k (.290/.348/.448)

    2.85 era, 16gs (386 ab), 107ip, 79h, 7hr, 29bb/103k (.205/.258/.311)

    Luekbe hasn’t had the same downside that Latos has had. We’ll know more in a year but he’s off to a more consistent start. Great move by the Padres. Luebke is most everything I look for in a pitcher and am looking forward to watching his career progress!

  15. cubs223425 3 years ago

    I’m fine, because I have both in fantasy, haha, but Luebke’s still not been seen as much as Latos. I want to see how he looks as hitters make adjustments to him, and how he does having to pitch 170+ innings and 25+ starts.

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