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The Padres have signed outfielder Cliff Floyd to a 1-year contract and designated Matt Bush for assignment to clear a roster spot. Floyd’s deal is for $750,000 — or $2.4 million less than what it originally took to sign Bush, who didn’t hit enough to remain at shortstop, converted to pitcher, and missed the entire 2008 season after blowing his arm out with just 7 2/3 A-ball innings under his belt.

I actually like the Floyd signing. Dude can hit and may have trade value if this season turns out to be as bad for the Pads as many of us expect.

As for Bush, I guess have a nice life and say hello to Mr. Chambers for us. Maybe take up the kazoo

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  1. Whatever good John Moores did for the Padres will always be overshadowed by his decision to take Matt Bush #1 over better players. Maybe that’s why his wife is divorcing him — she brings it up all the time like Frank Constanza “Why did you draft Matt Bush!”

    The Cliff Floyd signing kind of confuses me as now they have 6 outfielders — Giles, Gerut, Headley, Venable, Hairston and Floyd. Again, logically, it seems that Kouz will have to be traded, preferably for a SS, because they can’t go into the season like this, can they?

    By the way, Baseball Prospectus’ PECOTA forecast system loves Jody Gerut, projecting a 302/365/502 line for next season with 27 2B, 4 3B, and 15 HR in 455 AB’s. They rate him as the most valuable Padre, 25th best player overall in the majors, and 8th best OF’er. However, there are some problems as they use 3 year numbers and all Gerut has is last year (the same thing goes for Cristian Guzman who they project as the 11th best player overall and Matt Wieters as the 6th best!). That’s the problem with using strictly mathematical models I guess.

  2. In the 45 year history of the June Draft, there are only two #1 picks that never made it to the Majors, even if it was just for a cup of coffee.
    Steve Chilcott by the Mets in 1966
    Brien Taylor by the Yankees in 1991
    It looks like Matt Bush will become the third.

    As for Cliff Floyd, I hope he can stay healthy. He seems to be well liked wherever he plays.

  3. DePo’s thoughts …

    It will be interesting to see if Matt Bush is the next Joaquim Soria … doubt it … but could be …

  4. OT … interesting note on the 2009 schedule …

    A home game against the Dodgers on Thursday, October 1, was moved to Tuesday, April 7.

  5. When we were talking about Moores’ tenure as Padre owner, we talked about how crappy the expansion Padres were. This might help explain why:

  6. What do you guys think of the picking up Andruw Jones? I’ve read a couple of articles and it seems all he wants is a starting spot.

  7. Wow, this is frightening. Even you have seemed to lose all hope for this season. I’d hate to see what the UT discussions look like at this time.

  8. Kevin Towers chatted at ESPN yesterday. He talked about Peavy, mentioned that the Padres shouldn’t have a limited draft budget, and is apparently as bitter at Rich Garcia as many of us are.

  9. #7@DM: In all seriousness, I’m fired up for the season. I probably have no right to be, but I am. For the first time in a long time, there are no expectations with this team, and I’m interested to see what guys like Headley and Hundley can do over the course of a full season.

    Plus I got better seats this year, thanks to all the folks who bailed. 8)

  10. The whole Matt Bush thing echos of another San Diego mistake…Ryan Leaf.

    Geoff, I take it you won’t be sitting in the nose bleed sections anymore.

    We have four seasons here in S.D.: Winter, Summer, Football, and Baseball. I too am amped up for the Baseball Season! Glad to be back in the blog. Chargers blogs really suck.

  11. #10@Geoff Young: I agree. I’ve been trying to figure out why I’m excited for this season, and you just nailed it.
    I’m a Venable fan, and it’d be nice to see him become a productive player. Also, it would be great if Antonelli can bounce back from last year — he could solidify 2b. And he’s got some speed for crying out loud!
    I’m not as excited about the Pads’ pitching, for obvious reasons.

  12. i know its too late, but i have to comment on 2 players that, i think, would have fit the padres and went cheap; willy taveras and cesar izturis.

    anybody else lamenting not picking up these two?

  13. From Thomas Boswell, Washington Post:

    The Worst Draft Pick in History

    That’s an ugly title to toss at somebody, but there can be little argument that Matt Bush — No. 1 overall pick of the 2004 draft — deserves it. I’d feel worse about saying that about a kid, except that this story in the San Diego Union-Tribune about the Padres’ cutting ties with him makes him sound quite unworthy of pity.

    To sum up his Padres career: It included three off-field altercations (including one that occurred just days after he was drafted), one failed position switch (he was drafted as a shortstop, but was switched to pitcher) and zero major league service time (he has yet to play above Class A).

    Bush appears destined to join Brien Taylor (1991, Yankees) and Steve Chilcott (1966, Mets) as the only overall No. 1 picks who failed to reach the majors. However, given his off-field issues, the fact he never got above Class A and the quality of the player picked just after him (Justin Verlander), you could argue Bush is the worst draft pick in any sport, ever — yes, worse than Ryan Leaf or Sam Bowie or Kwame Brown or Tony Mandarich.

    At the time of the draft, the Padres were thought to prefer shortstop Stephen Drew and pitcher Jered Weaver but were worried about the high signing bonuses they were seeking (both were represented by Scott Boras), and ultimately went the cheaper route by selecting Bush, who also happened to be a local San Diego kid.

  14. #6@OLO: The Padres don’t have a starting spot available, especially not for him.

  15. #13@jackfast1: I don’t think Taveras would have been a good fit given the OF we already have, but I guess Izturis could play SS if you don’t mind watching the second coming of Enzo Hernandez. :-)

  16. #13@jackfast1: Lamenting would have been called for if we had signed them.

    Izturis: Career OPS+ of 67, which he matched last year. Khalil got run out of town for a 64.

    Taveras: 72 OPS+ and no place to play. He could still 100 bases and still be below average. That’s not easy to do.