Right-hander Dirk Hayhurst has been claimed off waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays. Dirk was gracious enough to chat with us not long ago. Although his Padre career lasted just 16 2/3 innings, it got his foot in the proverbial door. Here’s wishing Dirk all the best in Toronto (one of my favorite cities) as he continues to pursue his baseball dreams.
Also, Josh Bard and Shawn “What Am I Even Doing on This Team?” Estes have filed for free agency. Bard and Estes spent much of 2008 on the disabled list. Despite his struggles this year, Bard ends his Padre career with some solid numbers: .282/.358/.412 in 268 games. Bard turns 31 next spring; if healthy, he should be useful to someone.
Estes? I still have no clue what he was doing on the roster.
In Other News
I may not be blogging here every day this winter, but I am keeping up with my delicious bookmarks. Here are some recent items of potential interest:
- Paul DePodesta talks about the two pitchers acquired in exchange for Greg Maddux — RHP Eduardo Perez and LHP Michael Watt.
- Over at Gaslamp Ball, jbox notes that the Padres have filed a grievance against Khalil Greene, who broke his hand on July 30 as a result of punching a storage cabinet. Once you get past the snark, jbox is dead-on. Greene screwed up, and the team shouldn’t have to pay for his mistake.
- Speaking of DePodesta, he and GM Kevin Towers appear to be staying put. Apparently the Seattle Mariners had shown interest, but Sandy Alderson put the kibosh on that. Quoth Alderson: “Neither would be available to another club.” [h/t LynchMob]
- According to MLB.com, the Padres are “leaning toward” picking up Brian Giles’ $9 million option for 2009. Considering they’d have to pay him $3 million to go away, I can’t imagine that they’d find a better right fielder for the remaining $6 million. As a reference point, the Kansas City Royals will pay Jose Guillen twice that amount next season.
- Tim Sullivan at the U-T talks about the Padres’ approach to hitting. Reader comments are unintentionally (?) hilarious, as usual. [h/t Gaslamp Ball]
- Maury Brown notes that the Padres’ attendance was way down in 2008. We’ve been watching this for a while, and it’s clear that fans were influenced more by one poor season than the four good ones that preceded it. The fact that the Pads have been unable to leverage their recent success in the same way that, say, the Chargers have must be a source of constant frustration for the organiation. [h/t Didi]
- Evan Brunell takes a stab at rebuilding the Padres. Re-signing Trevor Hoffman makes sense; the rest of these moves, not so much. I can’t imagine a worse time to try and trade Greene than when he’s coming off a career-worst season and involved in a contractual dispute with his employer — talk about selling low.
- Finally, the New York media is lusting after Jake Peavy again. Maybe we’ll get a bag of balls in return. We should be so lucky.
That’s all for now; more as it happens…