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Padres release Micah Owings

Oct 23, 2012, 8:03 PM EDT

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From Corey Brock of MLB.com comes word that the Padres have requested unconditional release waivers on Micah Owings. Which means the right-hander will become a free agent in early November.

Owings threw only 9 2/3 innings this season for San Diego before requiring surgery on his right elbow. He should be recovered from that procedure by the start of spring training next February, but the rehab and his lack of recent success will likely result in the 30-year-old from Georgia having to settle for a non-guaranteed minor league contract from some team this winter.

Owings spoke in July about wanting to focus more on hitting than pitching, but it’s not clear what his future plans are in that regard. The former third-round pick of the D’Backs owns a respectable .813 career OPS.

  1. Panda Claus - Oct 23, 2012 at 8:21 PM

    Following trends here, but Hello Toronto?

  2. lyajoe - Oct 23, 2012 at 10:22 PM

    Never know could bolster the Phillies bullpen and gives right handed pinch hitter.

  3. mazblast - Oct 24, 2012 at 12:05 AM

    As a pitcher, he’s a good hitter. As a hitter, he’s a good pitcher. He’s not really good enough at either to justify a roster spot, but he’s sometimes good enough for a job as a guy who pinch-hits in the 4th or 5th inning and stays in to pitch two innings, or as that last guy in the bullpen who comes in for the 15th inning and finishes the game, win or lose.

    • pdowdy83 - Oct 24, 2012 at 9:20 AM

      An .813 OPS is far higher than most bench players in baseball and apparently most of the Cleveland Indians’ starting line up.

      Owings has a career slash line of .283/.310/.502 to go along with 14 doubles, 2 triples, 9 homers and 35 RBI in 219 plate appearances. I am sure if he wants to focus on hitting that a few offensively challenged teams will be willing to take a flyer on him as a bench bat and to have on the roster in case of a pitching emergency. The guy brings a lot of flexibility to a roster if used properly

      • Chris K - Oct 24, 2012 at 2:03 PM

        If this guy converts to fulltime hitter and scouts start scouting him and pitchers start getting a whole lot more looks at him, I think you’ll see that .813 OPS drop.

  4. koufaxmitzvah - Oct 24, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    Thankfully, he can extend his career by becoming a DH in the American League.

  5. jm91rs - Oct 24, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    I haven’t followed him in a few years, but if his pitching career looks over he should sign a minor league deal to become an outfielder. The guy can hit and if he had more time to focus on it he might be able to make the big leagues again. Not sure how much ground he could cover in the outfield, but I assume he’d have a pretty good arm out there.

    I really felt like Dontrelle Willis could have tried this approach instead of retiring this year. He was a good hitter. I think he could have prolonged his career a few more years if he would have given outfield a shot.

  6. menendeztony - Oct 25, 2012 at 9:29 PM

    Next stop…LF for the Carolina Gigantes in Puerto Rico’s Winter League….the show starts November 8…..

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