Swan song for Khalil Greene?
I can’t help but think this could very well be Khalil Greene’s last season with the Padres. Here’s why.
The Padres and Greene’s representation failed to reach a long-term contract for the shortstop. The hesitancy here is one-sided here, and it’s not the Padres who are balking on a long-term deal.
General manager Kevin Towers would like nothing more than to lock up Greene — coming off of his best professional year — to a three-, or four-year contract.
But Greene’s camp has balked at a long-term deal and were willing to head to arbitration this year and, I have to guess, they’ll be willing to do the same next year, as Greene heads into the last year (2009) that he’s under club control.
This leads me to believe that Greene, ultimately, wants to play elsewhere. Maybe the East Coast, closer to his home in South Carolina. Maybe the hitter-friendly American League or just maybe somewhere other than PETCO Park, where Greene, for his career, is hitting 52 points lower (.228) than on the road (.280).
So, if you were the Padres, what do you do?
Do you trade Greene after the season rather than head into the last season that he’s under club control? He’s coming off a huge year at the plate, he’s very good defensively and his trade value is through the roof right now and, at 28, he’s in the prime of his career.
Or do you try to convince his agent once again that he should sign a long-term deal here, hoping that they have a change of heart? What complicates matters is the Padres don’t have a shortstop in their Minor League system who is remotely close to being Major League ready.
What would you do? Would you let it play out and see what happens? Would you be pro-active in moving Greene?