Pham (wrist) and the Padres agreed to a one-year, $8.9 million deal Friday, avoiding arbitration, Robert Murray of FanSided.com reports. Pham gets a raise of exactly $1 million on the $7.9 million deal he signed the year prior. The Padres will be hoping for a big bounceback from Pham in his age-33 campaign, as he struggled to a .211/.312/.312 line in 31 games in his first year in San Diego last season. He missed time due to hand surgery and followed that up with a pair of surgeries in the offseason, one of which addressed a stab wound in his lower back while the other corrected an issue in his left wrist.
The Padres plan to tender Pham (wrist) a contract for the 2021 season prior to Wednesday's deadline, Dennis Lin of The Athletic reports. After he was acquired from the Rays last offseason, Pham disappointed during an injury-plagued first season in San Diego, slashing .211/.312/.312. Despite the fact that Pham recently underwent surgery on his left wrist and is due around $8 million in 2021, the Padres apparently aren't deterred from bringing the 32-year-old back for another year. Assuming he makes a full recovery from surgery by the time Opening Day arrives, Pham should slot into an everyday role in left field or at designated hitter.
Pham underwent surgery earlier this offseason to correct a problem in his left wrist, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. The 32-year-old outfielder has undergone three surgeries since mid-August. The first was to repair a broken hamate bone in his left hand. The second was to treat a stab wound in his lower back. This final procedure, which was previously undisclosed, was to address the worsening of a tear in the cartilage structure on the small finger side of his left wrist. He is lifting weights and running but has yet to resume swinging. However, Pham says his wrist feels much stronger and the grip strength is significantly improved from where it was during the 2020 season. He is projected to make around $8 million in his final arbitration year -- a figure that has led to speculation regarding whether the Padres might non-tender him ahead of Wednesday evening's deadline. He was clearly not at 100 percent last season, when he hit .211 with a .624 OPS, but at his age, it's fair to wonder what level he will rebound to, especially since he has had trouble staying on the field in recent seasons.
Pham underwent surgery to address a stab wound in his lower back Sunday night, Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports. According to Acee, the incident took place Sunday night in San Diego. He was able to avoid any organ damage and is in good condition. "I'd like to thank the incredible medical staff at UC San Diego Health for taking such great care of me last night," stated Pham. "I truly appreciate the hard work of the San Diego Police Department as well as they continue their search for the suspects. While it was a very traumatic and eye-opening experience for me, I'm on the road to recovery and I know I'll be back to my offseason training routine in no time."
Pham went 0-for-3 with a walk and stolen base in Tuesday's loss to the Dodgers in Game 1 of the NLDS. Pham was walked by Walker Buehler in the third inning and proceeded to swipe second base following a Wil Myers strikeout. The 32-year-old missed almost half of the regular season due to injury, but the veteran continues to show that this has not hampered his ability to be a threat on the basepaths. The right-handed hitter slashed .211/.312/.312 during the regular season.