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Padres sign Cliff Floyd

Discussion in 'All Other San Diego Sports' started by BLITZED56, Feb 6, 2009.

  1. BLITZED56

    BLITZED56 Well-Known Member

    Dec 29, 2008
    Would have been a nice addition five years ago. :unsure:


    Padres sign veteran Cliff Floyd to help shore up a revamped bench

    Thursday, February 5, 2009

    Cliff Floyd signed a one-year contract with the Padres on Thursday – and took Matt Bush's spot on the 40-man roster.
    Bush was designated for assignment as the Padres agreed to give Floyd $750,000 to serve the Padres as a left-handed pinch-hitter, spare outfielder and designated hitter for interleague games in American League ballparks.

    “I doubt Cliff will play a lot of outfield for us,” Padres General Manager Kevin Towers said. “But he gives us a solid left-handed bat and brings some intangibles to the clubhouse that we need down there. He's a great guy with leadership qualities.

    “Cliff reminds me a little bit of Mike Cameron.”
    Floyd, 36, hit .268 in 80 games with American League champion Tampa Bay last season with 11 homers and 39 RBI in 246 at-bats. He made 72 starts, all as a designated hitter.
    The Padres will be Floyd's ninth team in a 16-year career.

    “I'm pretty stoked about playing for the Padres and getting back to the National League,” Floyd said. “I love the National League style of play. American League games are way too long.”

    Towers had inquired about Floyd several times in the past.
    “We talked about some of those situations when I talked to Towers last night,” said Floyd, who missed the World Series last fall after suffering a shoulder injury.

    Before the injury, Floyd was 4-for-18 with a double, a homer and two RBI in seven postseason games.

    At the time he was injured, Floyd said he would probably retire if his labrum required surgery.

    “I've rehabbed it and it feels fine,” Floyd said. “With the World Series, it was more a matter of time. There was no time for it to get better; we didn't know what to expect.”

    Floyd joins catcher Henry Blanco and outfielder Scott Hairston and infield candidates Edgar Gonzalez and Chris Burke on what should be an improved Padres bench.

    “The bench was a weakness last year,” Towers said.
    Floyd is a .279 career hitter with 340 doubles, 233 homers and 865 RBI in 5,303 at-bats. He made his major league debut with Montreal in 1993 and also played with Florida (1997-2002), Boston (2002), the New York Mets (2003-06), the Chicago Cubs (2007) and Tampa Bay.

    The Padres were already at the 40-man roster limit when they agreed to terms with Floyd.

    Although it became apparent Thursday morning that Floyd was joining the Padres, the announcement of the signing was delayed until the joint announcement that included Bush's departure.

    “Someone had to go from the 40-man roster,” Towers said.
    Seven appearances after being converted from shortstop (he had a .219 batting average in the minors and never advanced beyond high Single-A Lake Elsinore) to a relief pitcher in 2007, Bush suffered an injury that required elbow reconstruction surgery.

    Although he had been rehabbing since, Bush was added to the 40-man roster in December rather than being exposed to the Rule 5 draft of unprotected minor league players.

    I still can't believe they drafted Matt Fukin Bush over Jarred Weaver, Justin Verlander, or Stephen Drew. All because they wanted to save money. Typical Padres bull ****!! :icon_evil: :banghead:

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