Floyd destroys BP and a potential new pitcher …
Happy Thursday from Peoria, where it’s finally getting warm here and the camp is abuzz with pitchers, catchers and position players, who went through their first official workouts thus far.
I’ve got some footage of a few hitters below, including newcomer Cliff Floyd as well as Chase Headley, who I will profile in a story on Padres.com later today. Floyd destroyed a few balls today and showed a quick bat. What does that mean on Feb. 19? Who knows?
Also, I’m hearing today that the Padres are closing in on a Minor League deal with a starting pitcher, 32-year-old Walter Silva, who got a full endorsement from Adrian Gonzalez after they played together in the Caribbean World Series early this month.
Silva’s contract is currently owned by a team in Monterrey but it appears he could be a Padre, possibly as soon as tomorrow. As always, we’ll have the details here first.
Silva was 1-1 with a 2.25 ERA in the Caribbean World Series and will be added to the mix of pitchers who are trying to land the No. 4 and No. 5 spots in the starting rotation.
Edgar Gonzalez, who played with Silva in the Caribbean World Series, said Silva sits around 89-91 and can throw 93 with a mean cut-fastball.