September 28, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants left fielder Xavier Nady (12) slides into third base with a triple past San Diego Padres third baseman Chase Headley (7) during the fourth inning at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE

Padres Offseason Preview

Even though the playoffs are still in full-swing, 90% of baseball is in full-blown offseason mode. The Padres showed a lot of promise in 2012, although they have a long way to go, before taking the field in 2013. I used the numbers that crunched for arbitration, as well as the salaries that are already committed in 2013. The contract information comes courtesy of Cots Contracts.

2013 Committed Salaries: Huston Street ($7M), Carlos Quentin ($9.5M) Nick Hundley ($2M), Yonder Alonso ($1M), Chris Denorfia ($2M), Yasmani Grandal ($750K), Cameron Maybin ($3M), Cory Luebke ($500K), Mark Kotsay ($1.3M). Total committed: $27 million.

The Padres are pretty light on the commitments, and they do not have any bad contracts. The Quentin deal could be questionable, but at $9.5 million, the Padres probably could not do much better on the free agent market. The Maybin deal will start to get more expensive in the coming years.

Arbitration-eligible Padres(estimated salaries): Chase Headley ($8.3M), Clayon Richard ($5M), Edinson Volquez ($4.6M), Will Venable ($2.5M), Tim Stauffer ($3.2M), Luke Gregerson ($3.2M), Dustin Moseley ($2M), Joe Thatcher ($1.1M), Micah Owings ($1.2M), Everth Cabrera ($1.2M), John Baker ($900K), Kyle Blanks ($600K) : Projected Arbitration costs: $33.8 million.

I expect many non-tenders in this class. I think it is safe to say that Stauffer, Owings, and Moseley will all be non-tendered. All are coming off injuries, and the Padres would be better served going in a different direction. I could see Thatcher and Baker non-tendered as well. The Padres will go into 2013 with Nick Hundley as the backup, and the Padres simply will not have a place for Baker. I think Kyle Blanks will get another look as well.

Free agents: Jason Marquis: Marquis need a nice job for the Padres in 2012, and I would like to see him brought back, if the price is right. Marquis made $3 million in 2012. If the Padres can sign him for less, it would be worth exploring.

From my estimation, the Padres have between $50-55 million committed to next year’s squad. The Padres had a payroll of $55 million this year. In order for the team to acquire talent from outside of the organization, they will need to raise the payroll. The Padres could look to make other moves, but on the surface, it would seem like they do not have a lot of financial flexibility. San Diego is expected to target starting pitching, and it will be interesting to see in what direction they will go in.


Tags: Carlos Quentin Chase Headley Chris Denorfia Clayton Richard Cory Luebke Dustin Moseley Edinson Volquez Everth Cabrera Huston Street Joe Thatcher John Baker Mark Kotsay Micah Owings Nick Hundley San Diego Padres Tim Stauffer Will Venable Yasmani Grandal Yonder Alonso

  • Mark Viguri

    Every other team in the division is spending around $100 MIL. I thought Padres have new ownership?.

    • walter

      in due time, you cant spend all the money now and have none later to extend contracts. id rather the padres keep their talent then go on the market.

  • Padres4life

    pffft I’d eat that horrible extension from Hundley and keep Baker, not only is he super cheap, but he’s awesome in the clubhouse and can guide a good pitching staff, and comes up with clutch hits on occassion..come on Padres, hes’ cheap, keep Baker get rid of .110 batting average Hundley.

    • Jose

      ^^^^^^^ this!!!

  • CNHpadrefan

    MLB trade rumors says one NL executive projects Peavy could get a three year – 36-40 mil contract. So, why would Pads pay 5-8 million each for two pitchers for just inning eating 500 pitcher when they could spend all their allotted budget on Peavy. Not only will he be your number one, he’ll put people in the seats every fifth day. He’ll pay his salary in increased ticket sales and he’ll improve the entire rotation by placing them in their right slot, same as quentin does for the offense.