MLB writer Corey Brock is turning out the coverage today. He gave a little preview of his talk with one time Padres centerfielder Cameron Maybin in a tweet this morning. In it Maybin says that he "believes he's the best option as a CF for this team". My reaction was much like yours, "Who now? Oh, he's still with the team? Yeah, that's not gonna happen."
There seems to be a consensus in the responses to Brock's tweet:
I think we're all basically on the same page here. Maybin's time with the Padres has been pretty disappointing. Most of that disappointment stems from his constant injuries, oh and the PED suspension. He's rarely been on the field in the past two seasons and when he was it wasn't even that impressive. Frankly I've given up on him, that ship has sailed. I'm looking forward to seeing his replacement play again. But Maybin to his credit still has plans to win back his spot.
"My motto is, 'Put up or shut up,' this year," Maybin said. "Stay healthy this year, and let the play speak for itself. I don't like coming off the bench, I don't like sitting on the bench. I'm going to do everything in my power to show these guys that I can play every day."
Good for him. It's important to keep a positive mental attitude. He's going to need that when he's coming off the bench late in the game as a defensive substitution or to pinch run.
Brock explains that Preller could still trade him but with his hefty contract, it's going to be a tough sell. Regardless of his role Maybin wants to remain a Padre.
"What we have here is great. I want to be a part of that. What A.J. has been able to do this offseason, I want to be a part of," Maybin said. "Whatever my role is going to be … I'm going to be a great teammate."
If Maybin is starting in CF on Opening Day then something has already seriously gone wrong for the Padres. Let's hope that doesn't happen.
Asked if he agreed center field is an open competition, Black replied: "Agree. Yeah. Sure."
Black sounds about as convinced as I do.
In other news, Carlos Quentin is relatively sure that he's probably the 6th or 7th best option for the Padres outfield this year. No doubt.— Gaslamp Ball (@gaslampball) February 23, 2015