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Padres ready to talk extension again with Cameron Maybin

Dec 25, 2011, 9:14 AM EDT

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From Dan Hayes of the North County Times comes word that the Padres are planning to re-engage young center fielder Cameron Maybin early next month about a contract extension.

The two sides first broached the topic of a long-term deal in September, but decided to table talks until the winter. And now it’s time to get them restarted.

Maybin batted .264/.323/.393 with nine home runs, 24 doubles, eight triples and 40 RBI across 568 plate appearances in 2011 for San Diego. He stole 40 bases in 48 tries and played elite-level defense in the outfield.

The 24-year-old former Tiger and Marlin is set to reach arbitration eligibility after the 2012 season.

  1. cowboysoldiertx - Dec 25, 2011 at 9:36 AM

    Merrrrrrrry Christmas Mr. Silva and HBT!

    • Drew Silva - Dec 25, 2011 at 9:38 AM

      Thanks. Same to you.

      • proudlycanadian - Dec 25, 2011 at 10:23 AM

        Now turn off your computer Drew and enjoy the day. Cheers.

      • Drew Silva - Dec 25, 2011 at 10:42 AM

        Ha. I appreciate that. Luckily in this day and age I can monitor news here in St. Louis WHILE unwrapping presents and pretending to care about my relatives’ thoughts on the Beltran signing. Been hearing a lot of “I always knew Pujols was a jerk” type of chatter, too. Wonderful.

      • baseballisboring - Dec 25, 2011 at 12:08 PM

        It’s alright Drew, just casually explain the merits of his defense and baserunning, which ties into his WAR (another concept you may have to explain), then explain the impracticality of paying Pujols through his age 41 season, the myth of clutch hitting and his declining skillset. They’ll understand.

      • paperlions - Dec 26, 2011 at 10:44 AM

        While visiting back home this past week (also StL), I have been shocked by the total concordance of opinion of all of my relatives (even my mother and sister, who are typically complete homers for players and hate to see any beloved figure leave….like Eckstein) about Pujols leaving. Everyone thought:

        1) too many years
        2) too many dollars
        3) it was about the money and nothing else
        4) he’s a hypocrite
        5) that the Cardinals will be better off without the contract
        6) Pujol’s restaurant is an over-priced burger joint with bad food.

        I have been surprised, we don’t all agree on anything, ever.

  2. silverdeer - Dec 25, 2011 at 12:02 PM

    At some point the Pujols talk will subside. People just need to realize that it is about the insane amounts of money that these guys make and until there is a major shift in the financials involved, nothing is going to change.

  3. pisano - Dec 25, 2011 at 12:17 PM

    I wonder if the Padres offered to extend Maybin from $7.50 an hour to $10.00 an hour? I wouldn’t expect much more out of the Padres.

  4. JBerardi - Dec 25, 2011 at 1:13 PM

    Amazing that Maybin is still only 24. Seems like he’s been a hot-shit prospect since the Clinton administration. Credit to the Marlins for giving the guy a shot after two teams gave up on him. He was a good CF last year and he’s still got untapped potential. With PETCO holding his raw numbers down they’ll probably get a pretty good deal on extending him too.

    • jamie54 - Dec 25, 2011 at 1:22 PM

      He can roam the big center field there for a long time which was one of the better Hoyer moves over last winter. So it will indeed keep his salary down, ballpark 5 year 40 million or so.

      • Old Gator - Dec 25, 2011 at 2:16 PM

        Maybin came up with the Feesh when he was barely 21. Too soon – the Feesh figured that having dumped Cabrera and Willis that they had to put something on the field immediately. They ruined Andrew Miller the same way. A little more time in the minors would have done Maybin wonders and another year and a half or so would have made Miller much better and much more confident. As it is, Maybin is looking more and more like the one who got away, despite the improvement to the Feesh boolpen represented by Mujica and Webb.

    • Lucas - Dec 25, 2011 at 6:42 PM

      In all fairness, the Tigers didn’t “give up” on him, he was part of a massive trade. And, Gator (for some reason I can’t reply directly to your post), the Tigers had a huge hand in ruining both of those guys (Maybin and Miller) too. They didn’t come up for the first time with the Feesh, they got their feet wet in the majors with Detroit, who rushed both of them up way too soon.

      • Old Gator - Dec 25, 2011 at 7:10 PM

        Lucas – yes, you’re right – though I think Maybin had only about 50 ABs with the Tiggers (I don’t know what their history with Miller was). The Feesh kept running Miller and his deer-in-the-headlights expression out there to to get pounded every fifth day when it would have been clear to a Cricket fan that he wasn’t ready for prime time. I think they trashed his confidence. Maybin was just a matter of patience and they didn’t have it for him. Ah well.

      • JBerardi - Dec 26, 2011 at 1:11 AM

        I disagree with regards to Miller. Command and control of the ball are his green eggs and ham. He would not learn them college, he would not learn them in the minors, he would not learn them in the Majors. He would not learn them in Detroit, he would not learn them in Florida, he will no learn them in Boston. He will no learn them on a train… etc.

        His lack of confidence is just a symptom of his real problem: he sucks at pitching.

  5. vanmorrissey - Dec 25, 2011 at 6:56 PM

    Gator, he was a young ‘un, no doubt about it and really has not fully matured. Still strikes out too much but since he’s balls to the walls type it could be a challenge keeping him healthy. Think the future is bright with the Marlins with a healthy Johnson, Stanton, Reyes, Ramirez, if he get’s his head on straight, know they want to make a statement and I’m thinking in that division this year, Mets are going to be dead last which should give the NY media something to cry about.

    • Old Gator - Dec 25, 2011 at 7:12 PM

      The New York media does not cry. It recriminates and scapegoats. It has all the sympathy of a pack of hyenas patrolling the only wildebeest drinking hole in a Serengeti dry season.

  6. mojosmagic - Dec 26, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    I think locking up Maybin is a prudent thing to do. The guy is loaded with talent and should only get better.

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