Earlier today, Corey Brock posted a piece over at Padres.com highlighting some players who may benefit from a late surge in 2014. While Tommy Medica seems destined to maintain at least a bench role, and Everth Cabrera might well see himself given another shot beyond 2014, it’s probably time to give Yonder Alonso a thank you, hand shake, and a pen set as a parting gift.

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At 1:30 P.M. the Padres will reportedly announce a six-year, $32 million contract with second baseman Jedd Gyorko. It also includes a 7th (option) year reportedly worth $13 million. Buster Olney was the first with the news, Ken Rosenthal with the option year, Chris Cotillo with the news on the option year value. It was a total team effort by baseball’s scribes.

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Last May, I posted a piece regarding a Jonah Keri appearance on The Darren Smith Show where Keri talked about how he would, at that moment, call up Jedd Gyorko‘s agent and buy him out through the age of 31. That would buy out all of his arbitration years, plus one. At that time we were discussing the concept, Gyorko had 3 home runs and a .697 OPS. He went on to hit 20 more home runs, field a competent second base, and finished 6th in National League Rookie of the Year voting…one spot behind Julio Teheran, who the Atlanta Braves just signed to a 6-year, $32.4M extension (with an option for a 7th year).

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Earlier today, while most of San Diego was just starting their work day, and while I was heading to Panera for my lunch break here in Cleveland, the news broke that the Padres had done exactly what it was expected they would do since late last week, inking free agent reliever Joaquin Benoit to a 2 year contract that will pay him $15.5 million.

It was a move I supported. It also is officially the largest guaranteed contract ever handed out to a free agent by the Padres. It also pushes the Padres projected payroll for 2014 close to $88 million, which would be another franchise record. Subject to change, of course, and changes could be coming very soon, as the Padres need to open up a space on the 40 man roster before they can officially add Benoit. Read More…