The Padres have avoided arbitration with Joe Wieland, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports (via Twitter), agreeing to a $590K contract with the right-hander for 2015. MLBTR’s Matt Swartz projected Wieland would earn $500K in his first year of arbitration eligibility. Wieland is represented by the Sosnick/Cobbe agency.
Wieland posted a 7.15 ERA over 11 1/3 innings (two starts, two relief outings) with San Diego last season, though just getting back onto the mound represented a victory for the righty. Due to Tommy John surgery and subsequent complications in recovery, Wieland didn’t throw a Major League pitch from May 6, 2012 to last September 6. He originally joined the Padres in 2011 when he was traded along with Robbie Erlin from the Rangers in exchange for Mike Adams.
The extended stint on the DL and the Padres’ Major League roster gave Wieland enough service time to qualify as a Super Two player. He’ll receive an extra year of arbitration eligibility and be under team control through the 2018 season.