San Diego Padres: No Surprises At Friday’s Deadline

The San Diego Padres offered deals to all six arbitration-eligible players on Friday afternoon.

Friday’s deadline to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players has come and gone with no surprises coming from the San Diego Padres. All six arbitration-eligible players were offered contracts by the Padres, preventing any of them from entering free agency.

As news of contract deals rolled in on Friday afternoon, Fancred’s Jon Heyman reported that San Diego was able to settle on financial details for two players, recently acquired infielder Greg Garcia and starting pitcher Bryan Mitchell. Both will earn $910,000 next season.

The team now has until January 11th to finalize salaries for catcher Austin Hedges, outfielder Travis Jankowski, reliever Kirby Yates, and pitcher Robbie Erlin.

A number of surprising names were not offered deals by yesterday’s deadline, adding to an already deep free agent class. The Cincinnati Reds decided to non-tender centerfielder Billy Hamilton, this after the electric outfielder and baserunner has failed to surpass a .300 OBP in four of his five full seasons in the major leagues.

Justin Bour is another interesting name now on the market after not receiving a deal from the Philadelphia Phillies. This move was fully expected and means nothing for the San Diego Padres, who have Eric Hosmer entrenched at first base, however, his ability to hit 20-25 home runs and get on base at a high clip will make him attractive to a few American League teams.

Other non-tendered names who will make some noise in free agency include Jonathan Schoop, Matt Davidson, Tim Beckham, and Mike Fiers.

Taking a look around the National League West, Hunter Strickland (Giants), Shelby Miller (Diamondbacks), Brad Boxberger (Diamondbacks), Gorkys Hernandez (Giants), Chris Owings (Diamondbacks), and Sam Howard (Rockies) are all now free agents.

Next up, all attention turns toward to the MLB Winter Meetings which take place in Las Vegas from December 9-13.