Margot agreed to a one-year, $2.475 million deal with the Padres on Friday, avoiding arbitration, freelance baseball writer Robert Murray reports. This was Margot's first of three years as an arbitration-eligible player. He has been worth 4.3 fWAR in 428 games over three-plus seasons.
Margot is not in Sunday's lineup against the Diamondbacks. He hit .188 with one home run and one steal in 64 at-bats this month. Travis Jankowski will start in center field and bat eighth.
Margot went 1-for-4 with a triple, RBI and a run scored Tuesday in the Padres' 6-3 loss to the Dodgers. Margot's playing time had been trending downward in September, but he manned center field for the fourth straight game Tuesday with Wil Myers (illness) unavailable. Myers hasn't been shut down for the season following a recent fainting episode, but the 70-87 Padres don't have much incentive to rush him back for the final five games. With that in mind, Margot could continue to draw regular starts and provide some aid to fantasy managers looking for help in the steals category.
Margot is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Rockies. Margot has been a two-win player this year, but he hasn't been playing much at all in September. In fact, he's only logged a handful of starts this month. Wil Myers is in center field for the third consecutive game.
Margot went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and a stolen base in Wednesday's win over the Cubs. Margot got the Padres on the board with a solo shot to left field in the fifth inning and crossed the plate again in the seventh after beginning the frame with an infield single and a stolen base. Following four straight games in which he came off the bench, Margot has started the last two, going 5-for-9 with three RBI and three runs scored. He is slashing .246/.318/.411 with 12 homers and a career-high 20 stolen bases in 398 plate appearances this season.