The Padres are looking to make a move for a bat, but today they managed to avoid arbitration with one of their arms. According to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick, the Padres avoided arbitration with pitcher Joe Wieland inking him to a one year deal worth $590k for next season.
Wieland was acquired along with Robbie Erlin from the Texas Rangers for Mike Adams on July 31 2011. Wieland had Tommy John surgery back in 2012 and had a tough time coming back from it and didn’t make it back to the majors until late last season.
He went 1-0 in four games with a 7.15 ERA last September for the Padres. In the minors, he went 2-3 with a 3.03 ERA in nine starts, striking out 36 in 38 innings.
Wieland is just another option for the Padres in the rotation. Wieland was able qualify as a Super Two in arbitration because of all the time he picked up while serving on the 60 day DL.
Wieland will be under Padre control until 2018.