The cupboard ain't bare in San Diego

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Via MLB Trade Rumors, here’s a choice quote regarding the Padres’ front office situation:

Considering the current state of the Padres, it’s an easy guess
that whomever CEO Jeff Moorad selects as the new GM will be lauding
Towers’ efforts for years to come . . . the Padres’ new GM will
walk into one of the most promising setups in baseball.  The Padres have only $12 million in guaranteed money
committed for 2010 after Towers unloaded Jake Peavy’s $56 million
contract.  The pitching staff was completely overhauled through the
trades of Peavy and Scott Hairston and several other minor
deals.  The 40-man roster is loaded with affordable, controllable
talent.

Wow, that is great.  So can someone please explain to me why the architect of that got fired again?

Brewers to give Mike Moustakas a look at second base

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The Brewers reportedly signed third baseman Mike Moustakas to a one-year, $10 million contract on Sunday. While the deal is not yet official, MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy reports that the Brewers plan to give Moustakas a look at second base during spring training. If all goes well, he will be the primary second baseman and Travis Shaw will stay at third base.

The initial thought was that Moustakas would simply take over at third base for the more versatile Shaw. Moustakas has spent 8,035 of his career defensive innings at third base, 35 innings at first base, and none at second. In fact, he has never played second base as a pro player. Shaw, meanwhile, has spent 268 of his 4,073 1/3 defensive innings in the majors at second base and played there as recently as October.

This is certainly an interesting wrinkle to signing Moustakas, who is a decent third baseman. He was victimized by another slow free agent market, not signing until March last year on a $6.5 million deal with a $15 million mutual option for this season. That option was declined, obviously, and he ended up signing for $5 million cheaper here in February as the Brewers waited him out. Notably, Moustakas did not have qualifying offer compensation attached to him this time around.

Last season, between the Royals and Brewers, the 30-year-old Moustakas hit .251/.315/.459 with 28 home runs and 95 RBI in 635 plate appearances.