Your newest Padre? … Emil Brown
The Padres announced a few minutes ago that they’ve signed outfielder Emil Brown to a Minor League contract.
Brown, 34, an everyday player the last four seasons with Kansas City and then Oakland a year ago, has a .258 career batting average and has twice driven in over 80 runs. He has some power and can run a bit.
Last season in Oakland, Brown hit .244 with 13 home runs and 59 RBI’s in 402 at-bats. He began the season in the starting lineup but ended up in a platoon situation when the A’s went with youth.
Brown is expected to be in Peoria either Wednesday or Thursday. San Diego’s position players report for physicals on Wednesday.
So what does this mean? The Padres figure to start the regular season with Chase Headley in left field, Jody Gerut in center field and Brian Giles in right field. Scott Hairston figures to be the fourth outfielder. Is there room for Brown on the Major League roster? We’ll see.
Hairston will join Team Mexico for the World Baseball Classic on March 1 and could be gone for a few weeks. That will give the Padres time to look at Brown in the outfield and to see how his bat plays. I highly doubt the team will keep five outfielders to begin the season, especially since Chris Burke, another NRI, can play the outfield in a pinch.