Tag:Jeff Moorad
Posted on: August 10, 2011 4:39 pm

Padres to raise payroll to $70 million by 2016

MooradBy Evan Brunell

The Padres intend to raise team payroll starting next season and eventually reaching $70 million over the next five years, CEO Jeff Moorad told the San Diego Union-Tribune.

The payroll next year "will start with a five," Moorad said, which would represent a minimum of a $6 million jump, as the team's payroll will end the year in the $45 million range. San Diego's television contract is expiring after the year, which will allow the team to negotiate a higher price for the next broadcast deal, which "will set the tone for the Padres payroll over the next five years,” Moorad added.

“Our long-term goal is to operate at $70 million,” Moorad continued. “When we get there, we’ll be properly balanced.”

Moorad cautioned, however, that the Padres would not be heavy players in the free agent market, as the team needs to rely on building from within. Fangraphs' Joe Pawlikowski took a look at the finances of San Diego, in which only two players have guaranteed contracts next year: Orlando Hudson and Jason Bartlett, for a total guarantee of $11 million. Aaron Harang, Brad Hawpe and Chad Qualls all have team options. If they are all declined -- only Harang's might be exercised -- that raises payroll to $13.55 million. Then, the Pads need to take care of their arbitration-eligible players, and Pawlikowski liberally estimates an additional $16 million being spent, bringing the total to $29.55 million.

That leaves about $20 million left to spend. Even if you set aside a couple million for league-minimum salaries for players who start the year with the team or are added as the year goes on, that still leaves plenty of room to play with and opens the door for a Heath Bell extension. The closer has indicated he wants to stay in San Diego and would even accept arbitration over signing a long-term deal with another team (we'll see about that), so both sides should be able to come to an accord. Even if an extension is signed, that would leave roughly $10 million to go hunting on the free agent market, and the right moves could land the Padres back in a postseason race.

“We’re going to run an efficient business on and off the field. The team is going to be homegrown. I’m consistent. We’re not going to be shifting our priorities from year. The plan won’t change," Moorad said. "This is a building year, not a rebuilding year. A lot of pieces have been added to the foundation.”

What other pieces could also be added? Well, it's doubtful that any free-agent hitter of significance would choose to come to San Diego. Both the Padres and Athletics have cavernous parks that are far from friendly to hitters, but the Padres can shop for any bargains that fall in their lap if interest in a player is lukewarm. The biggest area of need on offense would seem to be the outfield, of which there will be no shortage of candidates to choose from.

More likely, San Diego will attempt to upgrade its rotation and bullpen. It won't be players for the elite free agents, like C.J. Wilson, but a middle-tier starter would make sense. Unlike hitters, pitchers would be eager to pitch in San Diego as it would raise their value. Potential candidates include Jeff Francis and Edwin Jackson most notably. Even if that's not a big splash, so much of the team is young -- which is contributing to its last place, 51-66 record -- that normal development will improve the club.

Moorad also took care to explain that ownership won't be profiting from the team, and that payroll will mirror how much money San Diego can afford to spend.

“The goal every year is to break even,” said Moorad. “No profit, no loss. There is a budget every year. That budget will not have a loss. At the same time, no one in the ownership group will be taking any profit out of the club.

“As revenues increase, profits will flow back into the club and ballpark improvements. We will operate at break-even every year. If we create more revenue, we will spend more.

“There is nothing to hide here. It’s a solid corporate business model. The plan is so simple it confuses people.”

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @EyeonBaseball on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.
Category: MLB
Posted on: August 9, 2011 11:00 pm

Padres to increase payroll in 2012

Jeff MooradBy C. Trent Rosecrans

The Padres will increase their payroll in 2012, if only modestly, and hope to find a "resting place" over the next five seasons around $70 million, Padres CEO Jeff Moorad told Bill Center of the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Moorad, whose team will have a final payroll around $45 million this season, said next year's payroll "will start with a five."

The Padres have already committed $10.75 million to shortstop Jason Bartlett and second baseman Orlando Hudson, a raise of nearly $3 million, combined. The team also has a $5 million option on pitcher Aaron Harang, who made $3.5 million this season. They also owe Brad Hawpe a $1 million buyout and could have as many as 10 arbitration-eligible players.

And then there's Heath Bell, who is a free agent after the season and although he's expressed a desire to remain in San Diego and entertain a "hometown discount," he'd still likely be in line for a raise from the $7.5 million he made this season. 

With all of that in consideration, it's unlikely the Padres will be a big player in free agency this winter. That's hardly unexpected, though.

"The team is going to be homegrown," Moorad said. "I'm consistent. We're not going to be shifting our priorities from year-to-year. The plan won't change."

The team's local TV contract expires after the season and Moorad hinted that the team has another broadcast deal in place that would help .

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @eyeonbaseball on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.
Posted on: July 21, 2011 9:42 am

Padres owner says Adams won't be traded

Mike AdamsBy C. Trent Rosecrans

One of the hottest names on the trade market is Padres reliever Mike Adams, but team owner Jeff Moorad has told Adams he won't be traded, Yahoo!'s Jeff Passan writes.

Citing a team source, Passan reports Moorad told the right-handed reliever, "you're not going anywhere."

Adams, 33, is 3-1 with a 1.23 ERA, striking out 43 batters and walking nine in 44 innings. He's allowed just 23 hits, for a WHIP of .727. Most importantly, he's under team control for 2012, his last season of arbitration. That's what makes him more valuable in many team's eyes than Padres closer Heath Bell -- any team that acquires him can count on his services for not just this season, but next season as well. He will likely get a nice raise from the $2.533 million he earns this season.

Bell has been linked to just about every team still in the hunt. Passan says 12 teams have inquired on Adams. That would likely include the Red Sox, Rangers, Phillies, Yankees and Brewers.

Moorad knows the game, he's a former agent, so he could just be trying to play a game to improve his leverage or he could really want to keep Adams and use him as a closer after Bell departs.

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.
Posted on: March 13, 2011 11:15 am
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:35 am

Pepper: Gordon's last shot?

Alex Gordon
By C. Trent Rosecrans

Remember when Alex Gordon was the next George Brett? Royals fans sure do.

Now, though, the former second-overall pick in the draft, is an afterthought in the deep, talented Royals system.

Taken ahead of the likes of Ryan Zimmerman, Ryan Braun and Troy Tulowitzki, Gordon has a career line of .244/.315/.355 in 1,641 plate appearances in the big leagues and has since been moved from third base to the outfield.

While no longer one of the core building-blocks of the Royals rebuilding job, Gordon still has some talent (and a little trade value). He's also starting to get hot in the Cactus League, going 8 for 12 in his last five games. He's also shown good plate discipline, drawing 11 walks.

"The timing was off. I was seeing the pitches good, I was just late and not making solid contact," Gordon told MLB.com. "Lately, I've been getting easy earlier and seeing pitches better and making good contact, and that's what it's all about. So definitely a big change in the last week."

Gordon, 27, spent his offseason working with Royals hitting coach Kevin Seitzer, someone who knows a little bit about living in the shadow of the Royals' lone Hall of Fame player. Seitzer's emergence at third base moved Brett from third base to first in 1987 and even made the All-Star team as a rookie. Seitzer has been the team's hitting coach since 2009.

"I think I've pulled my hands back so I'm loaded instead of trying to find the load during the swing. I'm ready to go right off the bat," Gordon said. "I think that's helped, and I'm not late on pitches anymore, and I'm being aggressive."

With the Royals throwing out a placeholder roster for 2011 before the prospects begin to trickle in later this summer, Gordon may be getting his last chance to prove he's more than a Four-A player. Soon, that Royals influx of talent could make him the next Clint Hurdle in Royals history.

SILVA ON THE BLOCK: Three Nationals scouts, among others, watched the Cubs' Carlos Silva in his latest spring training start, ESPNChicago.com's Bruce Levine writes.

According to Levine, the Nationals and Yankees have had scouts at each of Silva's outings. Both teams are looking to fill their rotation and could afford Silva's $12 million salary.

Chicago has had good spring showings from Randy Wells and Andrew Cashner, making Silva expendable.

Dave MartinezHAIR CLUB FOR MEN: With Johnny Damon and Manny Ramirez now Rays, manager Joe Maddon wants his team to follow the example of his newest stars.

"I encourage the growth of follicles," Maddon told the St. Petersburg Times. "I want them all to go nuts with their hair this year."

Although Ramirez is known for his long dreadlocks and Damon is now sporting a fauxhawk, the inspiration for his goal of being "the hirsute club" was bench coach Dave Martinez's bushy beard (pictured).

"Sometimes I just go with my instincts, and I just think it could turn into a lot of fun for the group," Maddon said, noting he'll let his hair grow out as much as possible. "So whatever keeps you focused on the field and having fun off it, I'm all for it."

FORMER CUBS OK: The Chicago Tribune caught up with former Cub Micah Hoffpauir, who is now playing in Japan.

"My first earthquake," Hoffpauir told the Trib. "And good Lord willing, it will be my last."

Hoffpauir, now a member of the Nippon Ham Fighters, was in his room on the 26th floor of his hotel in Tokyo when the earthquake hit, approximately 250 miles to the north.

"It felt like someone started shaking the whole country of Japan," Hoffpauir said. "At one point I thought, this building is going to fall down. But I was assured later that [swaying] is what the building was supposed to do."

He said he was evacuated from his hotel and was able to contact his wife in Texas to let her know he was OK. He said he has also been in touch with former Cub teammate Matt Murton, who was training further south in Osaka, and he was OK.

GARFOOSE FUNDRAISER: Author and Rays reliever Dirk Hayhurst will call you up and thank you personally if you donate $50 or more to Mercy Corp Fundraising for the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. (DirkHayhurst.com)

HIDDEN TREASURE: Investigators found a jackpot of 1986 Mets memorabilia in a  Port St. Lucie storage facility following their case of former Mets clubhouse manager Charlie Samuels.

Samuels is accused of theft and illegal gambling.

Among the treasure found in the storage facility was signed uniforms from the 1986 Mets team that defeated the Red Sox in the World Series. The collection is reportedly worth "hundreds of thousands of dollars." (New York Daily News)

SIZEMORE GETTING CLOSER: Indians manager Manny Acta said he thinks center fielder Grady Sizemore is scheduled to start running bases today and could be cleared to play in games sometime in the last 10 days of spring training. (MLB.com)

D-TRAIN OFF THE RAILS: Dontrelle Willis left Saturday's game with a sprained ankle, tripping on a bat after backing up the plate on Bobby Scales' two-run single. Willis had a rough outing, allowing two hits and two walks while recording just a single out. (MLB.com)

THANK YOU, COME AGAIN: Commissioner Bud Selig said Saturday that the stake in the Diamondbacks once owned by Padres chief executive Jeff Moorad has been sold. Current Arizona managing general partner Ken Kendrick absorbed the eight percent of the Diamondbacks  for $21 million. Moorad's group owns 49 percent of the Padres. (MLB.com)

HARDEN OUT OF ROTATION MIX: Rich Harden is officially out of the race for the Athletics' fifth-starter sport. Harden could still find a spot in the bullpen, but it's getting crowded too. Brandon McCarthy, Tyson Ross and Bobby Cramer are still competing for the fifth starter spot, with the losers then looking to make the bullpen. (San Francisco Chronicle)

STATS FOR DUMMIES: The great Joe Posnanski gives you a primer on advanced offensive statistics. (JoePosnanski.com)

LINEUP CONSTRUCTION: Little has more breath and keystrokes wasted on it more than lineup construction. It's a fan's favorite nitpick to show why their manager is an idiot, yet it doesn't really matter that much in the long term. (Although, it makes the most sense to get your better hitters at the the top of the order, because they get the most at-bats). But anyway, Astros manager Brad Mills discusses his philosophy for filling out his lineup card. (Houston Chronicle)

RAYS RESURRECTION: Former top pick Matt Bush is making a comeback in Tampa's training camp. (Tampa Tribune)

BASEBALL PROJECT: If you missed our Ear on Baseball podcast with the Baseball Project, what's wrong with you? Seriously?

Anyway, you can catch up with Scott McCaughey, who says despite touring the world with various rock bands, he's always kept up with baseball because it's a "a sort of zen thing for me" and reading boxscores is "like meditation" -- I think we can all understand that. (Athens Music Junkie)

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.

More MLB coverage
Posted on: October 8, 2010 9:49 am

Padres unlikely to re-sign Gonzalez

Adrian Gonzalez What team wouldn't want a first baseman that hit .298/.393/.511 with 31 homers and Gold Glove-worthy defense? One that knows it'll have to pay market price.

Padres CEO Jeff Moorad told the San Diego Union-Tribune 's Tim Sullivan that he doesn't think the team can afford Adrian Gonzalez past next season.

"While we'd still love to have Adrian here long-term, it doesn't appear to be practical from a financial standpoint," Gonzalez said. "So I'm certainly not counting on that. But we'll engage and see fi there's a deal that can be made."

The Padres hold a $5.8 million club option, one the team will certainly pick up.

"At this point, I expect him to be on our roster next season," Moorad said.

Gonzalez is a San Diego native, but may have priced himself out of his hometown team.

Moorad tells Sullivan the team, which reports its revenues were "relatively flat" in 2010, despite spending most of the seasoning first place of the NL West, will slightly increase its payroll for 2011. Moorad told Sullivan the team's total payroll in 2011 would start with a "4" meaning $40 million. San Diego's opening day payroll for 2010 was nearly $38 million, second-lowest in the majors ahead of Pittsburgh. They wouldn't move up in that ranking in 2011 no matter what numbers follow the "4." And without moving that to a "5," there's no way Gonzalez will have signed an extension.

Gonzalez has said if the Padres match any other offer, he'd stay in San Diego. That doesn't seem to be much of an option.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed .

Category: MLB
The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com