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Report: Padres, Cameron Maybin have mutual interest in contract extension

Sep 6, 2011, 10:25 PM EDT

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Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports is hearing that there is “two-way sentiment” for a multi-year contract extension between the Padres and Cameron Maybin.

Maybin was acquired from the Marlins last November in exchange for relievers Ryan Webb and Edward Mujica. The 24-year-old has battled through some bumps and bruises this season, but has emerged as one of the better all-around center fielders in baseball, batting .275/.332/.400 to go along with eight home runs, 35 RBI, 34 stolen bases and a .731 OPS over 476 plate appearances. He has also played top notch defense.

By the way, entering play tonight, Marlins’ center fielders have combined to bat just .238/.312/.375 with a .687 OPS. To be fair, Maybin had underwhelmed since coming over to the Marlins in the Miguel Cabrera deal, but giving up a young, cost-controlled center fielder for two relievers could look pretty silly in the long run.

Maybin likely won’t be arbitration eligible until 2012 and remains under team control through 2015, so there’s no sense of urgency to get a deal done now, but the Padres will presumably want to buy out at least one free agent season. Corey Brock of MLB.com hears that there’s been some dialogue about an extension, but “nothing even the least bit close” right now.

  1. Old Gator - Sep 7, 2011 at 5:54 AM

    Silly? The word you want is stupid. It was pretty clear that Maybin was brought up prematurely, was still learning and had tremendous upside. The Feesh needed to do something with their Keystone Kops boolpen but could have gotten the job done without giving up on a kid with so many tools. Well, you can see what kind of chemistry the locals have had this season: the Iron Giant dragging the rest of a demoralized and uninspired team along behind him. So it goes.

    • jamie54 - Sep 7, 2011 at 10:23 AM

      True that, Gator. Maybin has been maybe the only glimmering light in an otherwise washed out season so you might as well look into an extension of some sort.

  2. micker716 - Sep 7, 2011 at 11:02 AM

    They need to get this done. He’s 24 and already the best everyday player on their weak roster with a game perfectly suited to Petco National Park. Of course the Padres being the Padres, they’ll probably wait until the last year of his contract, make some below market offer (reasoning that everybody wants to live in San Diego) and end up trading him for some prospects.

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