It was reported yesterday that the San Diego Padres had reached a one-year agreement with free agent pitcher Micah Owings. While initial reports characterized the contract to be of the minor league variety, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports later came out with news that it was a major league deal. Rosenthal added that the agreement, which is pending physical, is for one year and $1 million.
Owings came up as a starting pitcher in the Arizona Diamondbacks system, cracking Baseball America’s top 100 prospects list prior to the 2007 season. Owings made his debut with the Diamondbacks that year, going 8-8 with an ERA and WHIP of 4.30 and 1.284 over his 27 starts and 152 2/3 innings pitched.
Unfortunately for Owings, that has been his best season. Since then he was traded to the Cincinnati Reds before re-signing with the Diamondbacks last January.
Owings turned in a productive season in the desert, posting an ERA of 3.57 and 1.254 WHIP over his 33 appearances spanning 63 innings. While he did make four starts for the Diamondbacks, Owings did most of his work as a reliever.
Beyond his numbers on the mound, Owings is also known for his ability to swing the bat. Sporting a lifetime OPS of .820 over his 217 plate appearances, Owings has often been left in games to bat for himself and was even used as a pinch hitter once last season.
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