A quiet week doesn’t make a quiet off-season …
Happy Friday, good to be back in San Diego after some chilly weather at the Winter Meetings in Indianapolis. I hope that everyone followed the action on Padres.com and on my Twitter account: @FollowthePadres, where we were the only one providing updates on what the Padres were doing — and weren’t doing.
A word of caution about the off-season: Don’t read too much into the Padres lack of activity in the way of making trades or signing free agents. The Winter Meetings are nothing more than a matter of convenience, for teams to meet with other teams in person and with agents.
I know the Padres and new general manager Jed Hoyer were very busy. Understand that there is a process here. Teams meet, teams talk, some talks go places, some don’t, some will get revisited and some will proceed slowly.
In other words, the Winter Meetings are over for the Padres, but the off-season for them is really just beginning.
A few things to keep an eye on: The Padres have until 8:59 p.m. PT to tender contracts to their four arbitration-eligible players: pitchers Kevin Correia, Mike Adams, Heath Bell and third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff.
The Correia situation will be interesting to watch. They can either trade him or sign him to a deal before Saturday’s deadline. I have to think they get something worked out.
As for Kouzmanoff, his name was a hot one at the Winter Meetings. A lot of teams need a third baseman and many of them aren’t interested in paying Placido Polanco money (three years, $18 million). Maybe the Padres move Kouzmanoff to get a starting pitcher or the right-handed hitting outfielder they’re looking for.
— Corey Brock, MLB.com