Thursday January 14, 2010
Ahhh Finally. The rumors of the Padres interest in players are starting to show up with more frequency.
Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports posted a rumor on Wednesday that the Padres were looking to sign former White Sox Right Fielder Jermaine Dye. At the time I posted a post on this site that questioned the rumor because of the terrible fit between the 36 year old, poor fielding Dye and the Padres who are looking for a right handed bat to platoon with Tony Gwynn and or Will Venable in centerfield.
Corey Brock of MLB.com followed with an article about Dye and the Padres, noting that the source for the rumors had also noted that Padres interest was "low on likelihood."
Ken Davidoff of Newsday posted on Twitter today a rumor of the Padres interest in signing right hand starting pitcher Jose Contreras. The Padres have expressed interest in signing a veteran starting pitcher and the 38 year old Contreras at least fits the description of a veteran. Its the starting pitcher part that I question.
Troy Renck of the Denver Post wrote today that the Padres were one of e teams that had expressed interest in former Rockies Catcher Yorvit Torrealba. While Torrealba may be an expensive backup catcher, this is one rumor that makes sense for the Padres. Ramon Castro and Miguel Olivo recently signed and Benji Molina is looking for a starting position, so Torrealba may be the last actually decent catcher available.
For me, whether the Padres actually sign any of these players or not, it nice to see the Padres name showing up in the trade rumors on a regular basis.