Player News - Padres

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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Wil Myers' contract extension with the Padres is for six years with an option for a seventh year and is worth $83 million.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal was first to report on Myers' impending extension last Friday, and Heyman has some more details. He did not specify what kind of option it was or how much it's worth. The contract covers Myers' three arbitration years and potentially first four years of free agency. He's coming off a season that saw him bat .259/.336/.461 with 28 home runs, 94 RBI, 28 stolen bases and 99 runs scored.
Jan 16 - 9:31 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Yangervis Solarte's contract extension with the Padres includes club options for 2018 and 2019.

Solarte will earn $2.5 million in 2017 and $4 million in 2018 while the Padres hold club options of $5.5 million for 2019 and $8 million for 2020, each with a buyout of $750,000. The deal guarantees Solarte $7.5 million, which includes a signing bonus of $250,000.
Jan 14 - 1:37 PM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the one-year contract that Tyson Ross agreed to with the Rangers is for $6 million plus incentives.

It's reportedly a very similar offer to what the Cubs came to the table with, but in the end Ross chose to pitch in Texas. He joins Cole Hamels and Yu Darvish atop what is beginning to look like a very formidable rotation as the Rangers look to compete for a division title in the American League West. There's still a chance that he won't be ready for the start of the regular season as he continues to recover from thoracic outlet surgery that he underwent in October.
Jan 14 - 9:29 AM

Padres signed 3B Yangervis Solarte to a two-year contract extension.

Financial terms of the deal have not yet been disclosed. The deal buys out Solarte's first two years of arbitration, though he'll still be eligible for his final year of arbitration following the 2018 season. Solarte spent much of his time in 2016 as the club's cleanup hitter, slashing .286/.341/.467 with 15 homers and 71 RBI in 109 games.
Jan 13 - 8:48 PM

MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan reports that the Rangers have reached an agreement with Tyson Ross on a one-year contract.

It's unclear how much the deal is worth, but it figures to be loaded with incentives. Ross had thoracic outlet surgery last October and is a question mark for Opening Day, but it's hard not to like this move by the Rangers on a one-year gamble. If the righty can regain his stuff from 2013-15 (3.07 ERA, 526 strikeouts in 516 2/3 innings), the Rangers will have a dynamic arm.
Jan 13 - 5:07 PM

Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the Padres have considered signing Yangervis Solarte to an extension.

They're reportedly on the verge of locking up Wil Myers and apparently are interesting in a long-term deal with Solarte, as well. Solarte, who is arbitration-eligible for the first time this offseason, has batted .277/.329/.445 in his two full seasons in San Diego.
Jan 13 - 4:36 PM

Padres and LHP Brad Hand avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.375 million contract.

A waiver claim last April, Hand put up a 2.92 ERA and 111/36 K/BB ratio over 89 1/3 innings in 2016, leading all of baseball with 82 appearances. He'll help set up in 2017.
Jan 13 - 4:04 PM

Padres and LHP Christian Friedrich avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.79 million contract.

The southpaw was arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter. Friedrich held a 4.80 ERA over 24 appearances -- 23 starts -- for the Padres last season and will be part of their rotation in 2017.
Jan 13 - 4:01 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Padres are close to signing Wil Myers to a six-year contract extension worth more than $80 million.

The Padres have stripped their roster down to the bare bones almost across the board, but it appears they're wanting to lock up one of their cornerstones to a long-term contract. The deal would cover Myers' three arbitration years, as well as his first three years of free agency. Health has often been an issue for the 26-year-old, but he stayed on the field in 2016 and batted .259/.336/.461 with 28 home runs, 94 RBI, 28 stolen bases and 99 runs scored.
Jan 13 - 3:53 PM

Padres and RHP Brandon Maurer avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.9 million contract.

It's the first time Maurer has been eligible for arbitration. He saved 13 games for the Padres last season and will enter 2017 as the club's closer.
Jan 13 - 1:38 PM

Christian Bethancourt recently threw a scoreless inning in the Panama Winter League.

Bethancourt, who made two relief appearances with the Padres in 2016, threw 17 pitches and sat in the 93-96 mph range with his fastball. He's also serving as a DH and outfielder in the Panama Winter League. The Padres are kicking around the idea of using him as a pitcher/outfielder/catcher hybrid moving forward, so this will be an interesting situation to follow.
Jan 11 - 2:06 PM

Padres and RHP Carter Capps avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $987,500 contract.

It's the same salary he made in 2016. Capps missed all of last season following Tommy John surgery, but he could be contribute in the Padres' bullpen in 2017. Acquired from the Marlins in the Andrew Cashner deal, Capps could be a big asset for the Padres if healthy.
Jan 11 - 12:44 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Alexi Amarista's contract with the Rockies will guarantee him $1.25 million.

The deal isn't official yet, but Heyman says Amarista will earn $1.1 million in 2017 and the Rockies have a $2.5 million option for 2018 with a $150,000 buyout. He'll operate in a utility role in Colorado, where he reunites with former manager Bud Black.
Jan 9 - 8:50 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Rangers are now being aggressive in trying to finalize a deal with free agent Tyson Ross.

The Rangers had reportedly had talks with the Padres about a potential trade for Ross before he was non-tendered in November and the right-hander met with the Rangers' brass this week. Along with the Rangers, the Cubs are also in hot pursuit of Ross and a deal with one of those two clubs seems most likely.
Source: MLB.com
Jan 7 - 10:07 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Nationals "also want" free agent starter Tyson Ross.

Tyson's little brother Joe is a member of the Nationals, but as usual this will all come down to money and Rosenthal seems to agree that the Rangers and Cubs are the current frontrunners here. The elder Ross made just one start at the major league level in 2016 due to shoulder troubles, and that was on Opening Day for the Padres. He needed surgery in October for thoracic outlet syndrome -- something that has derailed a number of promising pitching careers. San Diego non-tendered him in early December.
Jan 5 - 12:39 PM


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