Padres To Sign Tony Sipp

9:41am: Sipp's deal includes opt-out dates of March 26 and June 1, MLB Daily Dish's Chris Cotillo tweets.

8:31am: The Padres have agreed to terms with lefty reliever Tony Sipp on a minor-league deal. Sipp, 30, posted a 4.78 ERA with 10.0 K/9 and 5.3 BB/9 in 37 2/3 innings for the Diamondbacks in 2013. The Diamondbacks designated him for assignment in November. He had pitched the previous four seasons for the Indians before heading to Arizona in the three-team Shin-Soo Choo deal.

In addition to Sipp, the Padres have recently added Alex Torres (via a trade with the Rays) and Patrick Schuster (via the Rule 5 Draft) as potential lefty bullpen options. GM Josh Byrnes said in November that the Padres would attempt to add lefty relievers this offseason.

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Pads Fans
1 year 6 months ago

Maybin (who is still only 26 years old) is as good or better in every way except power than the other options for the Padres in CF.

In 2013 he played in 14 games while suffering from an injury that required surgery. You have to just throw that season out when evaluating him as a player.

He hit .253 in his 1st two seasons as a Padre (2011-2012) with 17 home runs and 380 total bases.. WELL above the Mendoza line.

He also stole 66 bases in those 2 seasons.

AND he played the best defense for a CF in the NL.

Venable hit .255 with 18 home runs, 50 sb and 325 total bases over 2011-2012 seasons.

Denorfia is a good platoon player and will get 400+ ABs, but he is not a starter. While he is exceptional on defense in RF and well above average in LF, he is just average in CF.

Maybin IS the starter in CF if he is healthy.