A.J. Preller gave himself one less thing to think about this season. Instead of preparing for arbitration hearings for their eligble players, the Padres were able to lock up all their eligible players. We looked at the deals that Alexi Amarista and Ian Kennedy got yesterday, so let’s take a look at everyone else. All salary info is according to MLB.com’s Corey Brock.
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On the starting pitching front, Andrew Cashner settled for $4.05 million. The Padres beat Cashner in a hearing last season. Cashner went 5-7 with a 2.55 ERA. Last year’s breakout starter, Tyson Ross, settled for $5.25 million. The 27 year old went 13-14 with a 2.81 ERA and struck out 195 batters in 195 innings.
The only remaining arbitration eligible hitter was Yonder Alonso and he settled for $1.65 million for 2015. We’ve talked about him in this space before about what kind of year Yonder needs to have.
Out of the bullpen, Dale Thayer got $1.375 million. The 34 year old went 4-5 with a 2.34 ERA in 70 games last season and continues to be a steady bullpen option. New acquistion (and who isn’t at this point) Shawn Kelley got $2.835 million. Kelley will be a free agent after the season.
It’s good to get this out of the way. Now the Padres can focus on other things. (Cole Hamels?)