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Mainspark
03-26-2007, 07:14 PM
Padres to release Walker
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PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — The San Diego Padres plan to release infielder Todd Walker on Tuesday, a little more than a month after he won a $3.95 million salary in arbitration.
The Padres will owe Walker $971,311 in termination pay.
Walker already was gone from the Padres’ spring training camp on Monday afternoon. The team played a night game against Kansas City.
The 33-year-old Walker struggled, hitting just .225 in spring training, and the Padres are heavy with left-handed hitters off the bench.
Walker became a free agent after last season and the Padres offered him arbitration on Dec. 2, nearly three weeks before they signed Marcus Giles to a $3.75 million contract to play second base. Last year’s starter, Josh Barfield, was traded to Cleveland in October for third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff.
The Padres offered $2.75 million to Walker, who joined them in a trade with the Chicago Cubs on July 31.
Walker said he accepted arbitration for the first time in his career because he wanted to stay with the Padres, the two-time NL West champions. He said he settled on his asking price so the Padres would have a tougher time trading him.
Walker originally came over to play third base, making 22 starts there. He also made 13 starts at second base.
Walker hit .282 with three homers and 13 RBIs with the Padres. Overall last season, he hit .278 with nine homers and 53 RBIs.

RedLegSuperStar
03-26-2007, 07:40 PM
He could be like our Rich Aurillia and play 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. But he'd have to except a back up roll.

reds44
03-26-2007, 07:42 PM
He could be like our Rich Aurillia and play 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. But he'd have to except a back up roll.
Walker can't hit lefties, so it would be counterproductive. Conine is a better option then Walker to platoon with Hatteberg.

Col_ IN Reds fan
03-26-2007, 09:24 PM
In hindsight WTF were the Padres thinking offering arbitration?

Sea Ray
03-27-2007, 11:58 AM
In hindsight WTF were the Padres thinking offering arbitration?

Great point. That is Dan O'Brien like

Highlifeman21
03-27-2007, 01:22 PM
If Castro wasn't so useful as a mentor/translator for EE, I would prefer Todd Walker over Juan Castro.

LincolnparkRed
03-27-2007, 01:24 PM
So who will play first for them? I'm not up on my San Diego Padres. Wonder if he had a Danny Graves type incident or something?

coachw513
03-27-2007, 01:54 PM
Walker is the antithesis of a WK signing...he's a very poor defensive player who clearly would be coming off the bench...his splits against LH pitchers are very poor...he certainly wouldn't get playing time ahead of Phillips or Hatteberg...

Walker is a veteran Fe-Lo...good hit, no glove middle infielder with a little pop...

Always Red
03-27-2007, 01:59 PM
If Castro wasn't so useful as a mentor/translator for EE, I would prefer Todd Walker over Juan Castro.

Walker is nearly the exact opposite of Castro- good hit (not with Aurilia's pop, though), very limited range, hands of stone. Just ask Cubs fans!

I always liked Walker when he was with the Reds. He seems to have gained a bit of reputation of being bad in the clubhouse since then, which makes sense after seeing how he's been passed around from one team to another. He also has tended to whine publicly about lack of playing time.

Castro's exactly what I would want for a late inning defensive replacement (I know he's not popular around these parts, mainly for his salary and offensive issues, but he is very good at what he does- late inning defensive work). Ideally, you could pair him with another utility infielder who could hit, too. Once EE proves himself defensively, Castro can be traded away.

I wouldn't have any problem with Walker as a utility type- he's scrappy enough to play for JN, that's for sure. I wouldn't want him at 1B or SS, and he would have to understand his role. Maybe Keppinger is a better fit in that role at this point, once he gets off the DL?

blumj
03-27-2007, 03:23 PM
So who will play first for them? I'm not up on my San Diego Padres.

Adrian Gonzalez.

Sea Ray
03-27-2007, 03:56 PM
Castro is mainly here as a defensive replacement at SS, not as a Latin buddy for EE. WK has made it clear: he doesn't envision Phillips as a SS.

If they get rid of Castro they'll need Olmedo or someone like that who can handle the defensive aspects of playing SS.

LincolnparkRed
03-27-2007, 03:58 PM
If they get rid of Castro they'll need Olmedo or someone like that who can handle the defensive aspects of playing SS.

Olmedo is a Blue Jay, possibly playing with Royce Clayton in Toronto

Sea Ray
03-27-2007, 04:37 PM
Olmedo is a Blue Jay, possibly playing with Royce Clayton in Toronto

Right on, which is why we have Castro. If they get rid of Castro they'll need another Olmedo. Todd Walker does not replace what Castro is paid to provide for this team.

LoganBuck
03-27-2007, 04:48 PM
Odds that Todd Walker ends up a Cub?

Mainspark
03-30-2007, 10:48 PM
Walker and A’s agree to minor league deal

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Four days after being released by San Diego, infielder Todd Walker agreed Friday to a minor league contract with the Oakland Athletics.
The move gives the A’s flexibility with their infield after losing first baseman Dan Johnson to a hip injury this week. Walker has played first, second and third during his 11-year major league career.
“In light of some of the injuries we’ve had, we need as many choices as possible,” A’s assistant general manager David Forst said. “The guy’s a major league veteran. If you’re out there looking for players at this time of year, you don’t know what you’re going to get so Todd Walker’s a nice guy to have.”
Just how much Walker has to offer the A’s is debatable. The 33-year-old has a .289 career average but struggled at the plate throughout spring training. Walker was batting just .225 when he was released this week by the Padres, one month after being awarded a $3.95 million salary in arbitration. San Diego owed him 45 days’ termination pay — $971,311 — rather than the entire salary, and the players’ association plans to file a grievance.
Walker appeared in 40 games at first base last year with San Diego and the Chicago Cubs. He also spent time at second and third for the Padres, and finished the season batting .278 overall with nine homers and 53 RBIs.
With Johnson expected to be out up to three months, the A’s were forced to look for help. Nick Swisher started at first base Friday against San Francisco but is likely to spend more time in the outfield for Oakland, which lost center fielder Mark Kotsay to back surgery.
Erubiel Durazo, who played for the A’s from 2003-05 before spending all of last season in the minor leagues, is also an option but Oakland plans on giving Walker a long look at first, as well.
“He’s an offensive weapon,” A’s manager Bob Geren said. “He might just fit in perfectly with our plans. We’ll see how it goes.”