The Padres have avoided one of those often-tumultuous arbitration hearings with outfielder Scott Hairston, signing him Tuesday afternoon to a $2.45 million contract for the 2010 season. The news comes via MLB.com’s Corey Brock.
Hairston requested $2.9 million from the Padres and was offered $2.1 million when
arbitration figures were exchanged two weeks ago, so a little compromise was needed on both sides. He hit .265/.307/.456 with 17 home runs, 64 RBI and 11 stolen bases last year in 430 at-bats between Oakland and San Diego. The 29-year-old is expected to serve in a center field platoon this season with Tony Gwynn Jr..
The Padres also acquired his brother, Jerry Hairston Jr., this offseason with a one-year, $2.15 million free agent contract. He’s expected to serve in a kind of super-utility role for the club, backing up multiple positions on the infield and outfield.
The Orioles announced, prior to Sunday’s game against the Yankees, that the club signed pitcher Tommy Hunter to a major league contract. In related roster moves, the club recalled pitcher Oliver Drake from Triple-A Norfolk and designated pitcher T.J. McFarland and outfielder Julio Borbon for assignment.
The Indians released Hunter on Thursday after he struggled in a rehab assignment with Triple-A Columbus. Hunter was recovering from a non-displaced fracture in his lower back. The right-hander put up a respectable 3.74 ERA with a 17/5 K/BB ratio in 21 2/3 innings for the Indians.
This will be Hunter’s second stint with the Orioles. The O’s had acquired him along with first baseman Chris Davis at the trade deadline from the Rangers in 2011 in the Koji Uehara trade.
The Orioles are only responsible for paying Hunter the prorated major league minimum.
Orioles DH Mark Trumbo drilled a two-run home run to left-center field off of reliever Ben Heller in the eighth inning of Sunday afternoon’s game against the Yankees. In doing so, he became the first player to reach the 40-homer plateau this season.
Trumbo finished 1-for-4 on the afternoon. Along with the 40 dingers, he’s hitting .257/.317/.541 with 96 RBI. He has already set a career-high in homers and is four RBI away from tying his career high in that regard.
Trumbo is eligible for free agency after the season. Needless to say, his performance in 2016 bodes well for his ability to secure a hefty contract.