Tag:Chris Denorfia
Posted on: December 1, 2010 3:14 pm
Edited on: December 1, 2010 4:48 pm

Denorfia signing likely cements Padres' outfield

Chris Denorfia The Padres have made one decision on their crowded outfield official, agreeing to a deal with Chris Denorfia, meaning they've unofficially made their decision on what their outfield will look like next season.

After acquiring Cameron Maybin from Florida last month, the team was left with four arbitration-eligible outfielders -- Denorfia, Ryan Ludwick, Tony Gwynn Jr. and Scott Hairston. The team has reportedly offered Ludwick arbitration and with Denorfia on board, it seems Gwynn and Hairston will be non-tendered before tomorrow night's deadline.

Denorfia has signed a one-year deal worth $800,000 for 2010, MLB.com's Corey Brock reports .

"That was one of the great things about getting the deal done now," Denorfia told Brock. "It took the uncertainty out of the winter for me. That's something I've never had. It was just really important to get this done as soon as possible."

Denorfia hit .271/.335/.433 with nine home runs and 36 RBI last season, stealing eight bases in 317 plate appearances. Denorfia will likely be the team's fourth outfielder.

That leaves a starting outfield with Ludwick in left, Maybin in center and Will Venable in right.

UPDATE: According to the North County Times , the team has indeed non-tendered Gwynn.

"I kind of had the feeling it could happen, especially after the trade," Gwynn told the paper. "But that's the business of the game. It was just bad timing as far as I had my best defensive season and my worst offensive season. It was bad timing not to hit."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 16, 2010 7:04 pm

Padres will offer Ludwick arbitration

Ryan Ludwick The Padres will offer arbitration to outfielder Ryan Ludwick, FanHouse's Jeff Fletcher tweets .

Ludwick is one of four arbitration-eligible outfielders for the Padres, along with Scott Hairston, Chris Denorfia and Tony Gwynn Jr.

San Diego recently acquired Cameron Maybin from the Marlins and are expected to non-tender two of the remaining trio of Hairston, Denorfia and Gwynn.

Ludwick was a disappointment when acquired from the Cardinals in a trade, hitting .211/.301/.330 with six home runs in 59 games for San Diego. He hit .281/.343/.484 with 11 home runs in 77 games with the Cardinals.

His career totals are closer to his Cardinal numbers than Padres numbers, hitting .266/.337/.476 in his career. Ludwick made $5.45 million last season and is a free agent after 2011.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 14, 2010 2:43 pm

Padres must cull outfielders

Tony Gwynn Jr. With Cameron Maybin coming to San Diego, the Padres now have too many outfielders and not enough spots.

Ryan Ludwick, Tony Gwynn Jr. (pictured), Chris Denorfia and Scott Hairston are all arbitration eligible and at least two of those four will be non-tendered by the Padres, Bill Center of the San Diego Union-Tribune writes .

The Padres have said they'd like to keep Ludwick around. San Diego traded for Ludwick at the trade deadline, but he struggled in San Diego. After hitting .281/.343/.484 with 11 home runs in 312 plate appearances for the Cardinals, then hit .211/.301/.330 with six home runs in 239 plate appearances. He made $5.45 million last season and 2011 will be his final year of arbitration.

Gwynn, of course, is the son of Padres legend Tony Gwynn. He also came to San Diego via trade, from the Brewers before the 2009 season. Gwynn is arbitration-eligible for the first time and is coming off a season where he hit just .204/.304/.287 with three home runs and 17 stolen bases. All of his stats were down from 2009, when he hit .270/.350/.344.

Denorfia was in his first season with the Padres and hit .271/.335/.433 with nine home runs and 36 RBI in 317 plate appearances and played all three outfield spots. He is arbitration-eligible for the first time this season, as well.

The Padres traded Hairston to Oakland in 2009, only to bring him back to San Diego before the 2010 season. Hairston hit .210/.295/.346 with 10 home runs and 36 RBI in 336 plate appearances. He will be a free agent after 2011.

When you look at the Padres outfielders that way, it makes more sense why they'd want Maybin, who has been a disappointment thus far, but still should be able to look good relative to most of those other statistics. Bud Black deserves more than the National League Manager of the Year Award for nearly leading that team to the playoffs.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 28, 2010 2:43 pm

Padres super sub Hairston to DL

Jerry Hairston
San Diego's list of walking wounded continues to grow, and Saturday the Padres placed Jerry Hairston Jr. on the disabled list with an elbow ligament strain. He's been feeling pain in his right elbow for six weeks, but only in recent days has it gotten to the point where he doesn't think he can play at all. An MRI exam showed no structural damage.

"It's progressively gotten worse ... I've tried to fight through it," Hairston told MLB.com Friday. "We'll just rest it and it will get better."

Hairston isn't at the top of the depth chart at any position for the first-place Padres, but he's started 102 games at five different positions, giving the team valuable versatility. He's been key covering for shortstop Everth Cabrera during two trips to the DL, and when second baseman David Eckstein missed a month.

The 34-year-old is batting just .249 but has kicked in 50 RBIs and hit a career-high 10 homers. The Padres have not yet announced a corresponding roster move, but one possibility is that Cabrera, who lost his job to Miguel Tejada, will be coming back from Triple-A.

The Padres lost center fielder Tony Gwynn to season-ending hand surgery a week ago, and his replacement, Chris Denorfia, sat out Friday with a leg cramp. On the bright side, Oscar Salazar, who has missed 27 games with an Achilles strain, could be back this weekend.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: June 10, 2010 9:51 pm

Mets' Neiese throws 1-hitter

Chris Denorfia's third-inning double was the only hit Jonathon Niese gave up in the Mets' 3-0 victory over the Padres in the second game of a day-night doubleheader on Thursday.

Niese struck out six and didn't walk a batter in a game that lasted just 2:18 and also featured a triple play turned by the Padres.

Niese replaced fellow lefty Oliver Perez in the rotation after he came off the disabled list on Saturday. In his first game, Niese went seven innings and allowed a run aganst the Marlins. Thursday he was even better.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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