Padres sign two players, etc

trevor brewer.jpgYesterday, Trevor Hoffman officially signed a one-year, $6 million deal with incentives with the Milwaukee Brewers. Wow, that picture looks so weird! Anyways, I wonder if there will be a press conference. Trevor probably doesn’t want all the attention, but the Brewers might want it. “Hell’s Bells” will be playing in Miller Park this year. We are going to miss him.

For those who recommened that I send my entry Why Trevor? to the Padres’ front office, it’s in the mail right now. I have no idea if they will ever get to it, but it was certainly worth a try. Last night I remembered that General Manager Kevin Towers never watched Trevor when he went out to get a save. KT was too superstitous. New theory: since KT has never seen it, he doesn’t know how much it means to Padres fans! Right…

In other Padres news, we signed two players! Last year, we signed pitcher Mark Prior to a one-year deal. He got hurt, had surgery, and didn’t throw a pich for us even in a Spring Training game. Now the Padres have given him a second chance. It will be very interesting to see if he can come back after all his rehab and do well for the Padres. He has not piched since 2006, but I hope he can do well. Depending on his spring, he might be in the rotation. Let’s see: Jake Peavy, Chris Young, Cha Sueng Baek, Mark Prior, and Kevin Correia. I like it! But I think there will be a bit of a competition for those last two spots. Josh Geer and Wade LeBlanc might be in there, too.

We also signed second baseman Chris Burke. This is a bit strange, since we have Edgar Gonzalez, Travis Denker, Matt Antonelli and possibly Luis Rodriguez in the mix for second. But Burke is very versatile. He’s played first, second, shortstop, third, and even outfield. He will probably get a look at shortstop. Maybe he will be platooning with Rodriguez?? We’ll have to see.

Also, this a bit late, but Jim Rice and Rickey Henderson got elected to the Hall of Fame on Monday. I wasn’t around during their careers, but from what I’ve heard, they both deserve it. Henderson did play with the Padres for a few years, and he seems like quite the character. Congratulations to both of these guys!

Just wanted to thank you all for your great response to my tribute to Trevor. I actually wrote that when I first heard that he became a free agent in early November. I am going to find the Brewers’ fan mail address and send Trevor a printout of that page. It’s the least I can do for the all-time saves leader.    

12 Comments

Wow. I forgot you guys had Prior. If he could come back in ’09, that would be a great addition to the rotation. He was an awesome pitcher before the injuries.

- http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

For your sake, Kaybee, I hope Prior isn’t the same guy he was when he was with the Cubs. It seemed like every season, he and Kerry Wood were back on the DL. Wood turned it around last season, so hopefully Prior can do the same for you!
Jen
http://ajroxmywhitesox.mlblogs.com

I hope you hear back from the front office about your Tribute to Trevor! Good luck with Prior!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Kaybee,
Glad to hear you sent your entry to the Padres front office–I hope they read it! They really should see the kind of emotions they’re causing their loyal fans by trading away their favorite players. I hope you can send it to the Brewers’ fan mail as well! I hope Prior comes through and Burke as well. It seems like you have a lot of young infield talent!
-Elizabeth
http://redsoxgirl46.mlblogs.com

I hear the Padres got a new play by play guy for the TV, Cox Comunications (sorry) guess who he is ??? He godfather I swear I’m not kidding!

Bigpapi72, http://bostonsports.mlblogs.com/

JANE, I really hope he works out for us too!

JEN, hopefully he can stay injury-free!

JULIA, yeah, that would be pretty cool!

ELIZABETH, I hope so too! Thanks!

BIG PAPI, who are you talking about? I don’t remember his name…

I really hope the Padres can read your entry! I wouldn’t send mine because it’s pathetic compared to your great entry. And boy what a strange picture I’m seeing right now. Trevor in dark blue. I still can’t believe it. Dude, I hope that Mark Prior will pitch because we have given him a second shot. I like the pitching rotation also. I hope you can send Trevor a printout of that page! Kaybee, you are a true, die-hard Padres fan I have ever seen in my LIFE. You go girl!
http://hyunyoung.mlblogs.com

Kaybee His name is Mark Neely. Also I noticed that you forgot Eat, Sleep, Baseball on your link list of favorite blogs. lol

Bigpapi72, http://bostonsports.mlblogs.com/

I heard something about Omar Vizquel becoming a Padre soon. What are your opinions on that? He’s old, but he is cheap. Plus I don’t think you have a shortstop yet.
http://darion.mlblogs.com/

HUNG YOUNG, thanks for the compliements. It means a lot!

BIG PAPI, sorry about that! And I think I had heard of that guy…

DARION, we have Luis Rodriquez right now at shortstop. He did well filling in for Khalil last year when Khalil was hurt, but I don’t see him as an everyday guy. We don’t have any shortstops in the system that could help us. I think we will sign Vizquel, and I really hope it works out for us.

The Padres are a mess right now so I’m glad you’re not getting your hopes up. I would say you should bide your time by following the Chargers for a little while but the Steelers ended their season last weekend (sorry, but not that sorry).

Trevor was a statue with the Padres for so many years it’s hard to imagine him elsewhere. I have no doubt that if the Padres weren’t in such disarray with ownership and all, he would still be there.

Kudos for writing such a great farewell!

http://thegoodofthegame.mlblogs.com

The Padres are a mess right now so I’m glad you’re not getting your hopes up. I would say you should bide your time by following the Chargers for a little while but the Steelers ended their season last weekend (sorry, but not that sorry).

Trevor was a statue with the Padres for so many years it’s hard to imagine him elsewhere. I have no doubt that if the Padres weren’t in such disarray with ownership and all, he would still be there.

Kudos for writing such a great farewell!

http://thegoodofthegame.mlblogs.com

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