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The Padres signed Travis Buck to a minor league deal

Jan 20, 2014, 9:49 AM EDT

Yes, this is absurdly minor, but it’s one of those days. Between people being off work for MLK Day and other people spending the day continuing to freak out that a people we basically treat as a gladiators don’t speak like statesmen after games, not a lot of actual stuff is going down. So:


Buck spent the entire 2013 season at Triple-A Tucson, where he hit 256 with a .296 on-base percentage. He’s a career .243/.316/.399 hitter who, at this point, has business cards that say “emergency catching option” on them, I presume.

  1. jeffbbf - Jan 20, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    Seriously, why? Are the Padres hard up for bodies at AAA? What could lead 2, 3, or 4 baseball men, sitting around a table, to even bring up Travis Buck, much less agree to sign him to take at bats away from players with a future? Really – I think that would be an interesting short film.

  2. gloccamorra - Jan 20, 2014 at 12:55 PM

    Slow news day, but there are alternatives: January 20th is inauguration day every four years, so quotes from various inaugural addresses could be inspirational, or at least provide better filler.

    @jeffbbf: Tucson was a launchpad in the launchpad infested PCL, so the Padres, and some other clubs, keep their best players at AA and call them up from there, especially pitchers. The Padres new triple-A affiliate, the El Paso Chihuahuas (!) will play in a new launchpad ballpark, so veterans that fans have heard of are being stashed there too, for that team’s first season.

  3. wlschneider09 - Jan 20, 2014 at 11:12 PM

    It’s not that evil or complicated, some teams will do anything for a buck.

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