The Union-Tribune has reported that attempts to reach a long term deal with shortstop Khalil Greene were non-starters
. According to the article, Kevin Towers said,
“We approached them, they never approached us. But we heard back that they weren't interested in what we proposed.”
Towers goes on to insinuate that Greene may want to be closer to his family in Key West, FL due to health concerns (see map below). The Frairs have Greene under contract for the next two years. Reading between the lines, this would mean that this year (or part of this year) will almost certainly be Greene's last with the club unless some headway is made towards a long term deal. The Padre Front Office is well known to loath arbitration. The U-T estimates that the Friars have offered just $4M vs. Khalil's request of $5M ($4.9M according to Padres.com) in arbitrating his 2008 salary.
In other news, the Padres are likely headed to arbitration with Josh Bard and have locked up Wil Ledezma without facing arbitration
The map below highlights the locations that Khalil may be considering after his stint with the Friars. Each location within the blue polygon represents a home field for a team that is geographically closer to Key West (noted with the house icon) than Petco Park. Different colors locations denote the different divisions in MLB. Switch over the satellite view and zoom in to check out each of the fields. Everything on the map is clickable!
Labels: JoshBard, KevinTowers, KhalilGreene, WilLedezma