Tag:Cameron Maybin
Posted on: February 16, 2011 3:34 pm
 

Cameron Maybin loves Panda Express


Cameron Maybin was just traded to the Padres in November, so he can be forgiven for not knowing exactly who all the movers and shakers are in his new organization. Unfortunately, not knowing led to an unintended faux pas.

On Tuesday, Maybin took to his Twitter account with this: "Never eat panda express [expletive deleted] had me feeling awful for 2 days."

One problem: The CEO of Panda Express, Tom Davin, is a minority owner of the Padres. Apparently Maybin was alerted to that fact, as the tweet was deleted and today he made up for it with the one pictured above. Nicely played, Cam.

Oh, and in case I haven't mentioned it, I'm really looking forward to tonight's premiere of "Survivor: Redemption Island" -- only on CBS!

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: February 8, 2011 6:13 pm
 

Venable could become new leadoff hitter

Last season, the Padres went with Jerry Hairston, Jr. the bulk of the time out of the leadoff spot.

But Hairston has since moved on, having joined the Nationals. In his absence, San Diego is looking at Will Venable (pictured) as a possibility, reports the North County Times.

Venable is currently set to man an outfield corner -- likely right field -- in his first full season in the majors. The 28-year-old has a career .252/.325/.418 line, which isn't exactly a line that should be attached to a player leading off the game.

VenableHowever, San Diego's options are limited. Of those that finished with a .325 or higher OBP last season for San Diego, two (Adrian Gonzalez and Yorvit Torrealba) are gone while Chase Headley's .327 OBP doesn't exactly vault him ahead of Venable.

However, some newcomers do have a chance to supplant Venable up top the order. Cameron Maybin will still be considered along with fellow newcomers Jason Bartlett and Orlando Hudson, as manager Bud Black mentioned, according to MLB.com.

Maybin would be better served to bat in the lower half of the order until San Diego knows what it will get from the former top prospect, and Hudson's OBP was .338 last season. Better then Venable, but once you add in the 29 stolen bases versus Hudson's 10, Venable probably holds the edge there. The only newcomer with a real shot is Jason Bartlett. His OBP was just .324 last season, but holds a career .345 mark and swiped 30 bags back in 2009.

Granted, a lot of Bartlett's career mark is tied up in his career year of 2009, when he had a .389 OBP. But even without that season, Bartlett's right in the thick of it with Venable for the rights to the leadoff spot.

In the end, however, this isn't quite as important as one may think. The leadoff hitter leads off exactly once per game and there have been studies showing that the best-arranged lineup is only marginally different than what normally gets trotted out. And sometimes, the best-arranged lineup looks quite odd.

Take the Padres, for example. After plugging in their projected lineup through the Lineup Analysis tool using career averages, it's learned that the best leadoff hitter candidate for the Padres is Hudson, with Venable fifth and Bartlett ninth. Yeah, don't see that happening. But even the difference between the best and 30th best lineup is 0.09 runs per game different.

Oh, and the Padres used 135 different lineups last season with no settled leadoff hitter or No. 3/4 hitter... and yet the Pads came within a game of making the playoffs.

-- Evan Brunell

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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 2:57 pm
Edited on: November 14, 2010 4:02 pm
 

Uggla's Florida extradition expedited

Dan Uggla Dan Uggla could be a former Florida Marlin as early as this week, FoxSports.com reports .

Yesterday we wrote Uggla is likely on his way out in Florida , but today the report is the Marlins are "down the road" with several clubs and he could be moved this week.

The team had expected to move 2009 Rookie of the Year Chris Coghlan to third base for 2011 from left field, but it looks like with Cameron Maybin traded to San Diego, Coghlan would move to center field. Emilio Bonifacio would play second for the Marlins and top prospect Matt Dominguez will take over at third.

The Marlins could have plenty of takers for Uggla, who will likely earn around $10 million in arbitration after hitting .287/.369/.508 with 33 home runs, his fourth consecutive season with 30 or more homers. He's the first second baseman in history to accomplish the feat. Among the potential suitors are the Tigers, Nationals, Braves, Blue Jays, Red Sox, Giants, Orioles and Cardinals.

The FoxSports.com report notes the Cubs and Angels are not interested, as the Cubs are searching a first baseman and left-handed hitter, while Uggla's attempts at defense turns off the Angels.

UPDATE: Buster Onley (via Twitter ) says two executives cast the Blue Jays as the favorite to land Uggla.

-- 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: November 13, 2010 7:31 pm
Edited on: November 13, 2010 7:34 pm
 

Looking back at Marlins-Tigers blockbuster


Apparently the Marlins are trying to exorcize the demons of a 2007 trade in one fell swoop.

They have confirmed their trade today of outfielder Cameron Maybin to the Padres, a day after they traded pitcher Andrew Miller to the Red Sox. Maybin and Miller were the two major prospects Florida got back on December 4, 2007, when they sent Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis to the Tigers.

Going into the winter meetings, there was talk the Marlins could be looking to deal one of their stars, knowing they wouldn't be able to afford to keep them in free agency. But few expected both of them to move, and nobody anticipated both of them going to the same team in one deal. And the Tigers hadn't been considered a front-line option for either.

The Angels came close to getting Cabrera. They hit an impasse with the Angels offering Howie Kendrick and Jeff Mathis, plus a choice of one of three starting pitchers: Ervin Santana, Joe Saunders and Nick Adenhart. The Marlins wanted two of the three, and the deal broke down. Think throwing in Willis might have enabled them to get both Santana and Saunders, who have both since been All-Stars and gone 83-56? We'll never know.

What the Marlins did get for Cabrera and Willis was a six-team package of prospects headlined by Detroit's top draft picks from 2005 (Maybin) and 2006 (Wright), plus Dallas Trahern, Burke Badenhop, Eulogio de la Cruz and Mike Rabelo.

Just for fun, let's look at what became (so far) of everyone in that blockbuster:

TO TIGERS

* IF Miguel Cabrera: He was one of the game's best hitters then, and he still is. In three seasons since the trade he has batted .314/.388/.567 with 109 home runs and 356 RBI. Led the league in homers in 2008, and in 2010 led in RBI and on-base percentage.

* LHP Dontrelle Willis: The Marlins definitely sold high on Willis. At the time of the trade he was a two-time All-Star who had won at least 10 games in each of his first five seasons, but his career quickly came off the rails from there. He's started just 27 games in the ensuing three years, going 3-9 with a 6.86 ERA. He was traded to the Diamondbacks, who released him after a month, and is currently in the Giants' minor-league system.

Cameron Maybin TO MARLINS

* OF Cameron Maybin (pictured): Still just 23, the supremely talented Maybin hasn't hit his stride, in part because the Marlins didn't handle him very well. Since the trade, he's got 557 plate appearances, roughly the equivalent of a full season, and a line of .257/.323/.391 with 12 homers, 43 RBI and 14 steals. He's a serviceable major-league player, but not yet the star he was projected to be.

* LHP Andrew Miller: The big lefty hasn't figured it out yet, struggling with control and consistency. He's gone 10-20 in the past three years with a 5.89 ERA and found himself out of Florida's plans this year, spending most of the season in the minors.

* RHP Dallas Trahern: Has not appeared in a major-league game. He spent 2008-09 at Triple-A, posting an ERA over 6.00 both years, and missed 2010 after Tommy John surgery.

* RHP Burke Badenhop: Has appeared in 101 games the past three years for the Marlins, including 10 starts and 25 games finished.

* RHP Eulogio de la Cruz: Pitched nine innings for the Tigers in 2008, was sold to the Padres in 2009, and released by the Padres at the end of that season. He played in Japan in 2010.

* C Mike Rabelo: Played a handful of games in Miami in 2008 and played just nine games in 2009 before being released. The Tigers brought him back on a minor-league deal at the start of 2010 and released him in July.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: November 13, 2010 2:01 pm
Edited on: November 13, 2010 4:34 pm
 

Marlins shopping Uggla, Maybin

Dan Uggla
The Marlins have wasted no time turning up the burner on their hot stove. On Friday, they moved underachieving lefty Andrew Miller to the Red Sox in exchange for reliever Dustin Richardson. Now there are rumors all over the place about other deals they're looking at.

Second baseman Dan Uggla, entering his final arbitration year, reportedly rejected an offer of four years and $48 million. The Marlins may have decided they're not going to be able to sign him and are better off moving him while they can.

Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that the Marlins are shopping Uggla and have had contact with the Tigers and two unidentified National League teams. The Marlins are in need of bullpen help and a catcher.

Uggla, 30, is probably going to get about $10 million in arbitration after batting .287/.369/.508 with 33 homers, becoming the first second baseman in history with four consecutive 30-homer seasons.

The question is whether Uggla would sign an extension as part of a trade. Even if he wouldn't, if I'm a contender I might take a chance on one year with him at $10 million. You can still work on a multi-year deal, and even if you don't work it out, you can collect two high draft picks when he leaves as a likely Type A free agent.

Today, Frisaro reported (via Twitter) that Florida is discussing a trade with the Padres involving Cameron Maybin. Not sure what the details are there, but I don't exactly look at the Padres and think, "You know, what this team needs is a .234-hitting outfielder!" OK, so Maybin is young and still has a high upside, but if the Padres are shopping closer Heath Bell (who you'd think would be the Marlins' target), they might be able to do better. Frisaro said the Marlins also have talked with the Royals about Maybin.

UPDATE: Tom Krasovic of Fanhouse is reporting via Twitter that the Padres have acquired Maybin pending a physical. No word yet on who would be going to Florida.

UPDATE: It looks like relievers Ryan Webb and Edward Mujica are the players going to Florida. Both are quality young arms -- Webb had a 2.90 ERA in 54 appearances with 15 games finished last season, while Mujica had a 3.62 in 59 appearances with 24 games finished.

UPDATE: Juan C. Rodriguez, who covers the Marlins for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, says the Marlins will get Mujica and either Webb or Ernesto Frieri.

-- David Andriesen

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