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Padres Get Greene for 2 Years, etc.

Discussion in 'All Other San Diego Sports' started by rexy2006, Feb 3, 2008.

  1. rexy2006

    rexy2006 Well-Known Member

    Dec 17, 2005
    Padres get Greene for two years, offered longer

    By Bill Center

    February 3, 2008

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    Shortstop Khalil Greene, recently named the Padres' MVP for 2007, gave up the rights to two possible years of arbitration Saturday by agreeing to a two-year, $11 million guaranteed contract.

    The Padres will never have to sit across an arbitration table from Khalil Greene.

    The shortstop gave up the rights to two possible years of arbitration yesterday by agreeing to a two-year, $11 million guaranteed contract with the Padres.

    The agreement could pay more through performance bonuses.

    Greene, 28, recently exchanged arbitration figures with the Padres. Coming off his best season, Greene was seeking $4.9 million for 2008.

    The Padres had countered with an offer slightly above $4 million. Greene, who made $2.25 million last season, is guaranteed $4.5 million in 2008 and $6.5 in 2009.

    The Padres, however, were not able to extend his contract past the time when Greene first becomes eligible for free agency.
    The Padres had been seeking to sign Greene to a three-or four-year deal with an option to keep him a Padre beyond the end of the 2009 season, when the shortstop first becomes eligible for free agency.

    But the shortstop rejected talks about a longer-term contract.
    Greene recently was named the Padres' Most Valuable Player for the 2007 season, when he hit .254 and set career highs in games played (153), runs (89), hits (155), doubles (44), homers (27) and RBI (97) and posted the highest fielding percentage (.984) among National League shortstops who played in 108 or more games.

    Greene ranked second among NL shortstops in RBI and doubles and third in homers.

    Greene's agreement means catcher Josh Bard is the lone Padre still facing arbitration.

    Sweeney interested

    Former Kansas City Royals first baseman Mike Sweeney is apparently interested in signing with the Padres.

    Sweeney, 34, who missed most of the past two seasons with injuries, will work out for the Padres next week at Petco Park.
    Sweeney, a right-handed hitter, is a five-time American League All-Star who has finished as high as 11th in American League Most Valuable Player voting.

    He is a career .299 hitter who has topped 20 homers six times during his career. But he had only 15 homers and 71 RBI in a total of 482 at-bats over the past two seasons while battling injuries.
    Sweeney, who lives year-round in Rancho Santa Fe, made $11 million each of the past five seasons with the Royals. He is currently a free agent.

    In addition to his health, the biggest question facing Sweeney with the Padres would be his position. The Padres are set at first with the left-handed-hitting Adrian Gonzalez and their biggest need is for a corner outfielder, where Sweeney has never played.

    But Sweeney would give the Padres a right-handed bat on the bench, a sub for Gonzalez against some left-handers and a designated hitter for road interleague games.

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  2. BFISA

    BFISA Well-Known Member

    Nov 16, 2005
    Great news about Khalil!! :tup: :icon_toast:
  3. tboltzcali

    tboltzcali Well-Known Member

    Sep 14, 2005
    Im also assuming you guys like the Tony Clark signing. Is he our new LF? oh and this is how confident our manager is...."We feel we have the pieces in place to do it [win the division]," said Padres manager Bud Black, who won 89 games in his first season in 2007. sounds like another division title...again.
  4. HollywoodLeo

    HollywoodLeo Well-Known Member

    Mar 13, 2006
    Is there any Padres move you do like?

    And no, Tony Clark is not our new left fielder, he was a bench acquisition.

    Just like in football baseball players need back ups too and now Adrian Gonzalez has one.

    Anyone who attempts to make that signing out to be anything more than it is is looking for something to complain about.
  5. tboltzcali

    tboltzcali Well-Known Member

    Sep 14, 2005
    actually the padres havent made alot of moves. Besides signing old players to patch up our team, we did manage to sign Jake Peavy to waste his talent on a non contending team. I think he gets frustrated with the club and demands a trade. not sure how you guys keep the faith on a mediocure team, for like the last 3 years. yes we won the division 2 out of the 3 but that just gave the rest of the division time to stock up and over take us...like last year. Notice how much younger the other teams our. Maybe besides the dodgers, which there oldest player Jeff kent is still a ton better than our 2b. The dbacks and rocks are gunna fight this division out again while we go back to our losing years. but other than that, theres not much goin on in the world of sports so ya im just making convo.

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