The San Diego Padres used their depth in the bullpen to bring in center fielder Cameron Maybin. Maybin will be projected as the starting center fielder to open the season. Maybin was a top 10 draft pick in the 2005 draft and will provide more potential for offense. He will bring plenty of speed to the offense and should be able to patrol the large outfield of Petco Park.
The Padres traded away 2 relief pitchers in Ryan Webb and Edward Mujica. Both provided great relief in the bullpen and will now take their services to Florida. The Padres have done a great job of getting relievers since they moved to huge Petco Park. Petco is a pitcher’s paradise and the Padres should be able to find cheap arms to fill in for them.
How will this affect the rest of the OF roster? Maybin will be the starting CF and Ryan Ludwick will probably be back to play RF and Will Venable will play in LF. That will leave the 4th OF spot to either Tony Gwynn, Chris Denorfia, or Oscar Salazar. Kyle Blanks moved to the OF last season and it looks like he should start preparing to take over the position at 1B.
Cameron will not be eligible for arbitration till 2013.
Scouting report: Maybin is a prototypical five-tool player still learning how to turn his potential into performance. He has tremendous bat speed with plenty of power potential in his frame. Though willing to take walks, he needs to improve his strike-zone judgment. His plus speed can change games on the bases and particularly in the outfield. He covers a ton of ground and his above-average arm plays very well in center. – MLB.com
Maybin, 23, appeared in a career-high 82 games for the Marlins in 2010, making 74 starts in centerfield. He hit .234 with seven doubles, three triples, eight home runs, 28 RBI, 46 runs scored and nine stolen bases. He was originally signed by the Detroit Tigers as a first-round selection (10th overall) in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft