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Extension talks heating up between Padres and Nick Hundley

Mar 16, 2012, 9:51 PM EDT

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The Padres and catcher Nick Hundley already avoided arbitration in mid-January by agreeing on a one-year, $2 million contract, but Corey Brock of MLB.com hears that negotiations on a contract extension have “heated up” this week and that a deal “could be close.”

Hundley has actually talked with the Padres about a possible extension dating back to before former general manager Jed Hoyer left San Diego to join Theo Epstein with the Cubs. The 28-year-old backstop is currently under team control through 2014.

Hundley appeared in just 82 games last season due to elbow surgery and a stint on the DL with an oblique injury, but he also enjoyed his best offensive season in the majors, batting .288/.347/.477 batting line to go along with nine homers, 29 RBI and an .824 OPS over 308 plate appearances. PETCO Park is a more favorable environment for right-handed hitters than left-handed hitters, but you might be surprised to learn that he has a .271/.340/.478 career batting line and an .818 OPS at home compared to a .240/.290/.367 career batting line and a .657 OPS on the road.

  1. icanspeel - Mar 16, 2012 at 9:55 PM

    He is very underrated, if he can stay healthy he should put up nice numbers. Not to mention he works well with the pitchers.

    • hittfamily - Mar 17, 2012 at 1:13 AM

      Why did they acquire Grandal then?
      Which will be traded? Grandal is expected to be ready to go next year.

      Grandal for Wade Davis?
      My Rays may get Grandal without having to give up Shields after all.
      Thanks Pads!!!

  2. eastcoastblows - Mar 16, 2012 at 11:43 PM

    Who cares

  3. 4d3fect - Mar 17, 2012 at 12:46 AM

    What a relief, thought the headline was about Rex Hudler.

  4. natsattack - Mar 17, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    Exciting! Zzzz…

  5. micker716 - Mar 17, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    I guess this makes sense in that it avoids another arbitration go-around. I like Hundley, but he really hasn’t been able to prove that he’s a 140-150 game catcher. Unless he proves otherwise this season, I think he’s just holding the position until Grandal and, eventually, Hedges are ready.

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