Cliff Floyd is here, so now what? …

It finally happened on Saturday: The Padres activated Cliff Floyd from the disabled list. I joke a little here because this is something we’ve been talking about since Opening Day, really, and especially the last few when it became apparent he was getting closer.

So, Floyd is here and, probably will get an at-bat tonight in the role the Padres intended to use him when they signed him to a one-year, $750,000 contact in early February. Drew Macias, as I’ve said countless times here, a player I like, was sent back to Portland.

Hey, I love Portland as well, but Macias has probably seen enough of the Rose City to last him for a while. I think he’ll be back at some point. He’s certainly showed he can play at his level.

As for Floyd, Padres manager Bud Black said Saturday that there won’t be any limitations in how he’s used, though don’t expect to see him in the field. The Padres would likely turn to Chris Burke and Edgar Gonzalez to see time in the outfield in a pinch before asking Floyd to do so.

As for Floyd, his knee, the one that needed draining last month, is playable. There is still pain there but it’s not anything that will prevent him from swinging the bat or turning on a ball. He’s dealing with it and likely will for a while.

The hope, of course, is that Floyd can provide a little thunder off the bench for the Padres. I can see him getting one at-bat a night and, when the Padres head to Anaheim for Interleague play on June 12, he’ll likely be the designated hitter.

What does Floyd have left? Will he be an upgrade over Tony Clark, who essentially filled this role a year ago until the Padres traded him back to Arizona after the All-Star break. I know there are those who would have preferred that Macias stayed. I can’t argue against that.

So what are your thoughts? Do you want to see a week of Floyd before passing judgment? Or would you have preferred Macias stayed and got the at-bats Floyd is going to get?

Cheers, Corey

13 Comments

Didn’t the Padres just trade one over-the-hill outfielder for some guy who had passed through waivers untouched only weeks earlier? Not only is Cliff Floyd even more over the hill than Jody Gerut, he apparently isn’t even healthy enough to play a position. I don’t know what kind of players Drew Macias and Anthony Gwynn will become, but I’d much rather pay to see those guys try than see some raggedy-old man wince and limp to the plate late in a game that’s on the line.

And hadn’t Macias and Gwynn been coming through with some pinch-hits?

The worst thing about this move is the Padres are allowing a second late-30s outfielder who will not be with the team next year take up a roster spot. But this one seems to have no purpose. I understand that if Brian Giles continues his mini-hot streak the Padres might be able to trade his sorry *** elsewhere. But what’s the use of bringing in a gimpy 37-year-old who couldn’t even hit in single-A?

Isn’t Jim Edmunds available?

Drew Macias was awesome. that double he hit off of Clay Zavada in Arizona this past week was a thing of brilliance. did you see that swing? it was text book and smooth as silk on top of it. The commenter ahead of me was right….Floyd is over the hill and couldn’t even bat correctly nor see the ball in Triple-A so what gives?? i’m kinda saddened by this but I guess Floyd has proved himself in the past and his major league tenure is what affords him a roster spot every year, unfair yes… but its a business, when you spend money you have to get profit back from your investment. thats just how it is!! Macias will be back. we’ll start winning more…GO PADRES!! Number 19 lives forever!!

Drew Macias has been playing great from spring training through his current time he spent with the padres. Cliff Floyd is to old and washed up. I think Drew should be starting for the Padres. He’s proven over the last two years that he can play in the major league. I say start him for a good month, I think he could really help this team.

I think he will be our starting centerfielder before seasons end !

The Padres are confusing…..so is Kevin Towers in the moves he makes. I think we waited so long now to get something out of Floyd that they are stuck using him…kind of like Giles…you pay a guy 9 Mil you cant just let him go or you look like a bad businessman. I heard a rumor that we will likely see if Floyd produces and if he does trade him to a contender to free up his contract. I loved seeing Macias and seriously he did nothing to get sent down while he was up here….but between Blanks playing Left now and Venable Hitting more homers and Huffman with pretty much equal stats as the other 2 where is Macias going to play? We have 4 good Outfielders at AAA now… must have been why we got rid of E. Brown….Maybe we can trade Huffman or Macias to someone for a starting pitcher? Not fair to any of them to have to sit out at the AAA level

So I know it is a bit off topic but I am just wondering how far away Everth Cabrera is from coming back?

The Padres will probably be bringing Macias back up after the trade deadline if Floyd hits well in interleague and possibly even before that if he hits very poorly.

Floyd would have been on the trading block by now if he had played any at all for the Padres this season, but he has been on the DL the whole year.

So hope he does really well and some team wants a veteran at off the bench and is willing to give up a promising prospect that is well down in the minors. Rookie league or low A is fine.

Everth Cabrera is eligible to come off the DL on June 20th, but since he is eligible to have up to a 20 minor league rehab assignment and is a Rule V pick, it is not likely he will be back much before the All Star break on July 13-15.

I talked a little about this on my blog on Friday.

http://websoulsurfer.blogspot.com/2009/05/cliff-floyd-could-join-padres-on.html

The Padres will probably be bringing Macias back up after the trade deadline if Floyd hits well in interleague and possibly even before that if he hits very poorly.

Floyd would have been on the trading block by now if he had played any at all for the Padres this season, but he has been on the DL the whole year.

So hope he does really well and some team wants a veteran at off the bench and is willing to give up a promising prospect that is well down in the minors. Rookie league or low A is fine.

Everth Cabrera is eligible to come off the DL on June 20th, but since he is eligible to have up to a 20 minor league rehab assignment and is a Rule V pick, it is not likely he will be back much before the All Star break on July 13-15.

I talked a little bit about Floyd on my blog on Friday:
http://websoulsurfer.blogspot.com/2009/05/cliff-floyd-could-join-padres-on.html

Macias is probably called up after the trade deadline of Floyd hits well in interleague so the Paders have some levereage in trading him away.

If Floyd hits poorly, Macias may be up even sooner when the Padres cut Floyd.

Everth Cabrera is eligible to come off the DL on June 20th, but since he is a Rule V pick and can take as much as 20 days on a minor league rehab stint, I don’t expect to see him coming back much before the all star break on July 13-15.

I want to see what Floyd can do. He stuck out in his first at-bat, but he said it was nerves. I think this guy is a legitimate threat off the bench, and we really need that. Let’s see what he can do…
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Its true the pads need some pop in their bats .back in the day floyd could hit with the best of them and has a world series ring with Flordia but we need a proven young bat not one trying to see if he still got it he no Wille Stargell
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If every padre player were to do what they did last year we would be steller. But there always has to be a let down or two in the lineup. Why can’t Headley and Kouz do what they did last year, And what about Giles? It’s like this team is cursed every year, Why can’t all the burners be on at once, lets see what this team is capable of. Go Pads!!!

I don’t hear any talk about Will Venable. Although he may lack a super-strong arm, he is otherwise an exemplary player. Had his third 2HR game last night with 5rbi. His speed in the outfield and on the bases is the best in the Pads system. Mark my words: Venable will be a starter within weeks and he will make fans proud.

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