(DISCLAIMER: The quote I include from the NY Post has since been labelled by Padres beat writer Corey Brock as false. I am as sorry to hear this as I am that Brock didn't tweet his mythbuster until after I posted this. Read on for information I would now regard as highly speculative at best.)
At the presser held to officially announce the Fowler Group as the new owners of the San Diego Padres, reporters repeatedly requested a peek inside the new purse. Fowler's choice to "under promise and over deliver" was well received, but he offered no clues for fans hoping to estimate the club's future on-field budgets. To date Josh Byrnes has done a very good job of keeping the lid on as well.
But according to George A. King of the New York Post the Padres offered a one year deal worth $17-18MM to Hiroki Kuroda. This is the first indication we have had as to what the Padres might be willing to spend on the open market. This further confirms reports that the club is looking to extend it's track record of signing veteran starters to short term deals.
The offer should encourage Padres fans who are hoping the club can extend Chase Headley, who will likely end up under, but nearing the 6 year $100MM deals, which Ryan Zimmerman and Evan Longoria have inked in the last year. I am no insider, but I expect Headley's extension will come in at about 4 years $75MM.