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Padres Aquire Marlins' Cameron Maybin for Webb, Mujica

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    11/13/10 7:40 PM EST
    Padres land Marlins' Maybin for two relievers

    Mujica, Webb heading to Florida for athletic center fielder

    By Corey Brock and Joe Frisaro / MLB.com



    SAN DIEGO -- In a move to bolster their offense and defense, the Padres reeled in a big fish on Saturday, trading for Marlins outfielder Cameron Maybin, a former top prospect and first-round Draft pick.

    The Marlins, who were seeking bullpen help, received two right-handed relievers, Ryan Webb and Edward Mujica, in the trade.



    "We traded two good relievers from our bullpen. But we feel like we have some bullpen depth," Padres general manager Jed Hoyer said. "We have a number of holes we need to fill. We feel like we filled one of them.



    "Any time you have a chance to fill a hole up the middle, you take that chance."



    In parts of four seasons with the Tigers and Marlins, Maybin hit .246 with 13 home runs and 45 RBIs in 548 at-bats, roughly the equivalent of a full Major League season for an everyday player.



    Maybin fits the mold of the kind of player Hoyer, in his second year as GM, and his staff covets: young, athletic and a player who can play defense, especially in a big ballpark as PETCO Park is.
    "That was a huge part of the appeal," Hoyer said. "He does fit the ballpark so well."



    One of the Padres' biggest areas of need this offseason was finding an everyday center fielder, preferably someone who could hit at or near the top of the order and eventually be a tablesetter of sorts for three-time All-Star Adrian Gonzalez and projected No. 4 hitter Ryan Ludwick.



    Last season, the Padres ranked 30th in the Major Leagues in batting average out of the leadoff spot (.237) and 28th in on-base percentage (.306).



    Is Maybin ready to be that kind of player? He'll certainly get a chance to play every day, Hoyer said. He'll start in center field -- Maybin is out of Minor League options -- with Ludwick in left field and Will Venable in right field.



    "We want him to come in here and feel secure he's going to play center field for us," Hoyer said. "I'm confident of where he's going to play in the field. He has the skill set, he has power and can steal bases.



    "His career path was unusual. He was up in the big leagues at 20, part of a major trade. I think he's a guy who didn't have a normal path. We think letting him play every day here will help him realize his potential."



    Maybin struck out 92 times last season and had trouble with offspeed pitches. He hit .215 and had a .293 on-base percentage out of the leadoff spot in 135 at-bats for the Marlins.



    During his time in the Major Leagues, Maybin has had difficulty with pitch recognition. According to Fangraphs, Maybin made contact with 82.1 percent of pitches inside the strike zone. The league average in 2010 was 88.1 percent.



    Maybin, who turns 24 on April 4, was selected by the Tigers with the 10th pick in the 2005 Draft. He made his Major League debut with the Tigers in '07 but was traded that December to the Marlins in an eight-player deal that sent Dontrelle Willis and Miguel Cabrera to Detroit.



    Maybin then spent most of the next two seasons in the Minor Leagues before getting 291 at-bats in 2010 with the Marlins. The outfielder began the season with Florida but was sent to Triple-A New Orleans in June, where he hit .340 with a .415 on-base percentage.



    Maybin returned to the Marlins in August and hit .248 in 31 games until suffering a left leg injury and lower back strain in the last week of the season after running into the outfield wall attempting to make a catch.
    The move comes on the heels of the Marlins' trade of pitcher Andrew Miller (acquired in the Maybin deal) to Boston -- meaning Florida has essentially moved on from the Willis/Cabrera trade. The Marlins will give left-handed-hitting Scott Cousins and Chris Coghlan a strong look in center field in Spring Training.



    Webb was 3-1 with a 2.90 ERA in 59 frames for the Padres and earned important innings late in the season. San Diego pitching coach Darren Balsley said last week that Webb could eventually become a closer.



    Mujica was 2-1 with a 3.62 ERA in 59 games. He allowed 14 home runs in 69 2/3 innings, the most of any Padres reliever.



    In making the trade the Padres did not have to break up the back end of their bullpen, setup men Mike Adams, Luke Gregerson or two-time All-Star closer Heath Bell.



    "The bullpen was our strength last year. They contributed to that," Hoyer said of Webb and Mujica. "Bullpens are volatile from year to year. We're confident we'll have a good bullpen. We didn't mess with the back of it. Now we have to fill in and find some relievers to replace these guys."



    Mujica and Webb are big league seasoned, so dealing Maybin for them is another step toward the Marlins' addressing their bullpen. On Friday, the Marlins dealt Miller to the Red Sox for lefty Dustin Richardson, who pitched in 26 games for Boston last season.




    Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
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    Mujica was an enigma. Gave up too many solo HRs, but when he's not giving up HRs he's as dominant as any closer.

    Even so, he won't be missed.

    Webb will, but as I said on facebook, we traded from a position of strength.

    Worst case scenario the Padres "lose" the trade because Maybin busts but haven't really hurt themselves that much.
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    not sure this is a good idea to acquire another poor hitting player with questionable instincts, we got a ton of those
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    I hate this move. Another skinny .250 hitter who's talent hasn't resulted in production, for a great young reliever in Ryan Webb (I don't care about Mujica).

    We need guys who drive in runs, and I plan a full boycott if we do trade Adrian Gonzalez. They need to at least pretend they're trying to win games.
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    Plan on boycotting, but not until mid-season if they're not contending or 2012 after he leaves in free agency if they do contend in 2011.

    They won't trade him in the offseason but he also won't be here long term. Not while he insists on getting as much $$$ as he can on the free agent market and baseball doesn't have a salary cap.
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    It feels like a team that'll always be chasing its own tail.

    1. They find a great player.
    2. They build a team around that player.
    3. They're 1 or 2 more good players away from being legit contenders.
    4. They can no longer afford to pay the great player.
    5. They trade the great player for young talent, and now we have some solid players but nobody we can count on.
    6. The young talent takes a few years to become great players...
    7. Rinse and repeat.

    The only chance we have is that it all comes together for 1 magical season (with no guarantee that we actually win the World Series), and then we sell off the pieces.
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    It's just a reality that's not entirely their fault. (note: I said not entirely, which means they're not completely dissolved from some blame in every case)

    So long as teams like the Yankees and Red Sox can hand out 9 digit salaries like candy the Padres stand no chance at keeping their stars if they insist on going to free agency as Adrian is doing.

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