Welcome to extension season.

If late Fall is free agency season and Winter is hot stove season, then early Spring is extension season. As the arbitration process comes to an end and rosters have for the most part taken shape, GM’s and agents begin to focus on retaining their top young talent. Already since the beginning of the new year, GM’s around the league have handed out long-term deals to Clayton Kershaw, Freddie Freeman, Michael Brantley, Julio Teheran, Craig Kimbrel, Homer Bailey, Andrelton Simmons, and Brett Gardner. It’s also been rumored that Mike Trout and the Angels are discussing a deal, which reportedly could end up somewhere in the realm of 6 years, $150 million.

For Padres fans, there are a few players who could be looking at possible extensions, but thus far the team hasn’t handed out any of that sweet long-term scrilla. There’s of course Chase Headley, who is entering his final season of team control, and who has been an extension candidate since before Osama Bin Laden died. There are also a few other guys who could possibly be extension candidates, including but not limited to Jedd Gyorko, Andrew Cashner, and Everth Cabrera. No, not Yonder Alonso. Read More…