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Padres ink Jay Payton

Canadian Press

1/13/2004

 

SAN DIEGO (Ticker) - The San Diego Padres are in position to deal.

 

San Diego signed versatile outfielder Jay Payton to a two-year contract on Tuesday, adding another veteran bat to their already imposing lineup.

 

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Payton earned $1.85 million with the Colorado Rockies in 2003.

 

The 31-year-old Payton hit .302 with 32 doubles, 28 homers and 89 RBI in 157 games for the Rockies. The six-year veteran, who spent his first five seasons with the New York Mets, is a career .291 hitter with 69 homers and 245 RBI in 572 games.

 

Amid rumors that the team is contemplating a trade for Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Jason Kendall, San Diego has positioned itself for a number of potential deals. The lineup features several players who can play infield or outfield (Ryan Klesko and Phil Nevin), a number of talented younger players (Sean Burroughs, Khalil Greene and Xavier Nady) and versatile veterans in Mark Loretta and Jeff Cirillo.

 

To make room for Payton on the 40-man roster, San Diego designated lefthander Mike Bynum for assignment.

 

Bynum, 25, was 1-4 with an 8.74 ERA in 13 games for the Padres last season. The 49th overall pick in the 1999 draft, he is 2-4 with a 7.25 ERA in 25 lifetime appearances for the Padres.

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Payton's Splits

 

Spit====AB====AVG====OBP====SLG====OPS

Home==298====322=====377=====540=====917

Away==302====281=====330=====483=====813

Total==600====302======354====512=====866

 

and 813 Aways OPS is nice. if he should do that next year if he stays healthy. and for a CF, an 813 OPS is worth that money.

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