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The Padres and Jedd Gyorko agree to a multi-year deal

Apr 14, 2014, 1:42 PM EDT

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Buster Olney reports that the Padres have agreed to terms with second baseman Jedd Gyorko. Keith Law reports that it’s a six-year deal plus an option year. The deal is for $35 million with the option year going for $13 million. Escalator clauses could price the back end up. 

Gyorko, 25, is beginning his second season in the bigs. In 137 career games he has a line of .242/.295/.433, which amounts to an OPS+ of 107. He would not be arbitration eligible until after the 2015 season, but apparently the Padres have seen enough of him to (a) want him long term; and (b) not want to have to deal with arbitration.

  1. stex52 - Apr 14, 2014 at 1:47 PM

    Vote of confidence for a guy who has gotten off to lousy starts two years in a row. But they see him every day. They clearly have developed the confidence.

    • Balladeer - Apr 14, 2014 at 6:38 PM

      What does his lousy start last year have to do with anything? Miguel Cabrera is off to “a lousy start.” I’m pretty sure it’s how you finish that matters, not how you start. Remember Bryan LaHair?

      • joehahntpt - Apr 14, 2014 at 11:19 PM

        I have no idea why the downvotes happened….The start to a season is only a small sample size. They signed him for 6 years, not for April of the next 6 years. Bryan LaHair though…….I’ve never bought low and sold high like that before on fantasy ANYTHING. I got David Price and Eric Hosmer for him.

      • stex52 - Apr 14, 2014 at 11:37 PM

        Slow start was the first half of last year. He was really good for the last couple of months. But now he is scuffling again. Sure, he may turn it around. But six years on what he has shown to date is quite a stretch. Why the hurry?

  2. bk - Apr 14, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    Why the heck wouldn’t you link to the actual tweets? Trying to take credit for “breaking” this news or something?

    Here’s some help, Mr. Blogger, sir:

    I’ll send my services fee to your boss.

  3. icanspeel - Apr 14, 2014 at 2:07 PM

    Love the signing, he had a solid rookie year and even though he is off to a slow start, homered yesterday and made some fine defensive plays.

  4. coryfor3 - Apr 14, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    Yet another signing I just don’t get. I understand the smaller revenue clubs wanting to control costs but even this is a big risk for a middle infielder that hasn’t proven much yet. Seems like a bit of a commitment to a .242 middle infielder. I think you could find that for less than 35 million. I don’t see the rush.

    • icanspeel - Apr 14, 2014 at 3:49 PM

      .249/.301/.444 last season with 23 home runs and 63 RBI’s is pretty good for a rookie. He is solid defensively too. Is 35 mill over 6 years really that much? He can also play 3b along with 2b.

      • bigmeechy74 - Apr 14, 2014 at 4:24 PM

        I get tired of the solid defensively stuff. Isn’t basically every 2B in the league solid defensively? Is there any 2b where you go “damn I hope they don’t hit any grounders his way, he probably won’t field it.”

      • gloccamorra - Apr 15, 2014 at 2:27 AM

        Well, bigmeechy, the guy is a natural third baseman who was expected to be adequate at second, but turned out to be better than average. He’s at second because the Padres have a gold glove at third in Headley, at least for this year, but Gyorko is nearly as good at third.

        The fact this is Headley’s walk year might have played a part in Gyorko’s contract. The rumor is that the Padres offered $13 million but Headley wanted $15 million average on a multi-year when he turns 30 this year. By coincidence, Gyorko’s contract will pay him $13 million when he’s 30-31, not counting incentives.

        It may be that the Padres offered Gyorko the contract Headley turned down this Spring, and Gyorko took it. How that plays out in the clubhouse is an open question.

  5. musketmaniac - Apr 14, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    guys not that good

    • Balladeer - Apr 14, 2014 at 6:40 PM

      You can’t spell “that good” either

  6. straightouttavtown - Apr 14, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    He’s not that good. Anyone remember Josh Barfield? One big rookie season, got traded to Cleveland and never heard from again. Committing 35 million right now is stupid.

    • bronco58lb - Apr 14, 2014 at 4:27 PM

      Barfield was a flawed player. Below-average .329 career OBP in the minors.

      Gyorko has more of a promising skill set. Although the Padres have been burned on these type of deals. In spring 2012, they extended Cory Luebke, Nick Hundley and Cameron Maybin long-term and all three flopped.

  7. musketmaniac - Apr 14, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    should have waited to see the results this year. Mlb has adjusted to this guy, can he do the same.

    • bronco58lb - Apr 14, 2014 at 4:29 PM

      MLB has adjusted to the guy based on a 43 at-bat sample size?

    • Balladeer - Apr 14, 2014 at 6:41 PM

      Are they now finally adjusting to Miguel Cabrera?

      • dillongeeescapeplan - Apr 15, 2014 at 12:56 PM

        I don’t know why anyone bothers responding to musket.

  8. bigmeechy74 - Apr 14, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    Of course he plays for the Padres. They go out of their way to sign boring players with weird names. Year in and year out, they have the most generic roster in the league

    • Balladeer - Apr 14, 2014 at 6:41 PM


      • bigmeechy74 - Apr 14, 2014 at 8:30 PM

        Nope. The padres always seem to be the most generic team in the league. Name a more generic team (besides the astros)

  9. vanmorrissey - Apr 14, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    Solid move. Not quite the player as Kipnis is, but look at the ball parks also. Have almost $40M coming off the books next year if they don’t pick up the Street option (hello Joaquin Benoit, closer) moving Gyrko to 3rd, his natural position when Headly, thank God, moves on then move Spangenberg up to man 2nd. Not hard to figure out.

    • vanmorrissey - Apr 14, 2014 at 4:43 PM

      ……..and next, get Cashner signed to a longer term deal also.

      • bronco58lb - Apr 14, 2014 at 4:53 PM

        The Cashner arbitration mess was inexcusable and petty. It just makes me feel Ron Fowler and his associates are Werner-esque as opposed to being in the Kroc-class of San Diego owners.

  10. musketmaniac - Apr 14, 2014 at 4:44 PM

    bronc, not big enough sample. but I have doubts.

  11. vanmorrissey - Apr 14, 2014 at 6:02 PM

    bronco is right. Remember, Fowler was the one last year who opened his mouth about giving Headley an extension instead of lettng it play out like we know it will………he’ll never duplicate the second 1/2 2012 numbers and giving him another 8 figure payday as he gets deeper into his 30’s, not a smart move for a slightly above mediocre 3rd baseman, power-wise. Kroc was a unique once in a franchise owner who invested money in the franchise in order to win regardless of costs.

  12. ch0psuey - Apr 14, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    Like Icanspeel said: “.249/.301/.444 last season with 23 home runs and 63 RBI’s” missing 37 games last year due to injury, I saw that pretty damn good for a Rookie 2b. Like the signing and only expecting better numbers from this kid in the future.

  13. musketmaniac - Apr 14, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    The mets

  14. nflhof - Apr 14, 2014 at 9:53 PM

    Jerk Store is open for business

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