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Padres to release Walker

Discussion in 'All Other Sports' started by rexy2006, Mar 26, 2007.

  1. rexy2006

    rexy2006 Well-Known Member

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    Padres to release Todd Walker, save $3 million

    By Tom Krasovic
    UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
    2:50 p.m. March 26, 2007

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    </TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>The Padres said they will release utility infielder Todd Walker on Tuesday, which will save the club close to $3 million in salary unless it loses a grievance to the players' union.

    An arbitration panel last month set Walker's salary at $3.95 million, but the full salary wasn't guaranteed. By releasing Walker before Wednesday's deadline, the Padres are obligated to pay him only $987,000.

    But the issue may not end there. The Padres' representative with the players' union, Chris Young, has said the union could file a grievance on Walker's behalf and would have a good case.

    In 40 at-bats this month, Walker batted .225 with three doubles, no home runs and one RBI. He has spent most of his career at second base, but he lost that job when the Padres signed second baseman Marcus Giles to a fully guaranteed $3.75-million salary contract.

    Walker is a left-handed hitter who has a career batting average of .289. Padres General Manager Kevin Towers has said the club is deep in left-handed hitters. One such hitter who is a candidate for a utility job is Paul McAnulty, who this month has batted .353 in 34 at-bats with two home runs.
     
  2. BFISA

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    Winning his arbitration case prolly cost him his job.
     
  3. BFISA

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    ...or at least his spot on the bench.
     
  4. rexy2006

    rexy2006 Well-Known Member

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    Most peeps cant figure this out because he is hitting at a much higher average than Russell "The Muscle" Branyan during ST.

    Walker says he set the money higher so they couldnt trade his butt. He wanted to stay with the Padres.

    Damned if ya do and damned if ya dont.
     
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    <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width="100%" border=0><TBODY><TR><TD class=yspsctnhdln>Union to file grievance for Walker
    </TD></TR><TR><TD height=7><SPACER width="1" type="block" height="1"></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE><STYLE type=text/css> td.yspwidearticlebody { font-size: 13.5px; }</STYLE><TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width="100%" border=0><TBODY><TR><TD class=yspwidearticlebody>March 29, 2007

    PEORIA, ARIZ. (AP) -- Infielder Todd Walker cleared waivers Thursday, and the players' union plans to file a grievance over his release from the San Diego Padres.
    Walker was waived Tuesday, a little more than a month after he won a $3.95 million salary in arbitration. Because the contract wasn't guaranteed, the Padres will owe Walker 45 days' termination pay -- $971,311 -- rather than the entire salary.
    </TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>The Padres said it was a baseball decision, and that Walker's salary didn't factor into the decision.


    However, union general counsel Michael Weiner disagreed, saying a grievance will be filed in the next few days.
    "Based on what we have learned to date, we believe the Padres' termination was not consistent with the Uniform Player's Contract and the Basic Agreement," Weiner said. "Our investigation will continue during the processing of the grievance, and we will do all that is necessary to vindicate Todd's rights."

    The 33-year-old Walker struggled in spring training, hitting just .225, and the Padres are heavy with left-handed hitters off the bench.

    Walker became a free agent after last season and the Padres offered him arbitration on Dec. 2, nearly three weeks before they signed Marcus Giles to a $3.75 million contract to play second base. Last year's starter, Josh Barfield, was traded to Cleveland in October for third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff.
    Walker's agent, Brian Carlin, didn't immediately return a phone call seeking comment.
     

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