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Padres nearing agreement with catcher Gregg Zaun

Jan 13, 2011, 6:54 PM EDT

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From Bill Center of the San Diego Union-Tribune comes word that the Padres are “close to” agreement on a contract with free agent catcher Gregg Zaun.

Zaun drew interest from the Cardinals and Mariners back in early December, but those talks never went anywhere and he’s been off the radar for the past month-plus.  The Cards eventually went with Gerald Laird as their new backup to Yadier Molina and the M’s settled on Miguel Olivo.

Zaun, 40 in April, was hampered by a serious shoulder injury last season in Milwaukee and batted just .265/.350/.392 with two home runs and 14 RBI while making only 117 plate appearances.

He’s better than those numbers, but not by much.

The veteran will have to battle Rob Johnson and Guillermo Quiroz during spring training for the No. 2 gig behind starting catcher Nick Hundley.  If Zaun doesn’t succeed, it’s likely that he might consider retirement.

  1. steveflack - Jan 13, 2011 at 7:12 PM

    I like Greg Zaun because he always feels like that older catcher from a cheesy baseball movie. Y’know, the one who’d fall in love with some kid’s single mom.

  2. genericcommenter - Jan 13, 2011 at 9:10 PM

    I remember when Zaun was a young guy coming up with the Os ( this makes me feel really old). I don’t think anyone expected him to have any kind of career. He was known more for being Rick Dempsey’s nephew than anything else. He’s put together quite a career, and he will probably end up making around $20 million by the time he’s done.

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