The Padres issue pink slips

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The Padres are cutting office staff:

The San Diego Padres have eliminated between 10 and 20 positions as
part of what new CEO Jeff Moorad calls the first step of a
reorganization of the team’s business operations . . . “What this is
about is a reallocation of resources that is intended to give us the
most economic flexibility when it comes to supporting the club on the
field,” [Team CEO Jeff] Moorad said.

I can’t help but think that it’s also about the tremendous liquidity problems owner-in-limbo John Moores likely has as a result of his divorce. Which, one must remember, is what prompted Moorard to buy into the Padres in the strange, path-to-ownership way that he did.

But no matter the reason for the cuts, money is fungible, and money
saved on the player side of things can do far more to enhance “economic
flexibility.” In other words, if they’re sacking employees making five
figures to make ends meet, one can’t help but think that they’re
strongly considering selling off their truly valuable assets as well.

Jonny Venters is still pitching

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Lefty reliever Jonny Venters was among a handful of players the Rays signed to minor league contracts, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Venters, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012 and has logged just 27 2/3 innings in the minors in the meantime due to a continuous battle with his elbow. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Venters has undergone four — four! — Tommy John surgeries.

When he was healthy, Venters was a fearsome late-game option for the Braves. He posted a 1.95 ERA with 93 strikeouts in 83 innings in 2010, and a 1.84 ERA with 96 strikeouts in 88 innings in 2011. His first-half performance in 2011 earned him a spot on the National League All-Star roster.

Venters has spent the last two years in the Rays’ system and he’ll try to make it a third.