Nick Hundley Extended by San Diego Padres

The San Diego Padres have announced a two-year extension with catcher Nick Hundley.  The 28-year-old is guaranteed to receive $9 million from this season through 2014, and the contract includes a $5 million club option for the ’15 season.

Hundley is still set to receive his initial 2012 salary of $2 million.  The backstop will receive one million dollar raises in ’13 and ’14, while his club option for ’15 doesn’t include a buyout.  The total value of the deal could range from $9 million to $14 million depending on whether or not San Diego exercises its option.

Hundley made his debut with the Padres in 2008, but hasn’t appeared in more than 85 games since then.  Last season Hundley did manage to post solid offensive totals (.824 OPS) while impressing the Padres defensively.  Through his four seasons in San Diego, Hundley sports a career line of .255/.314/.420.

Call to the Pen’s Justin Hunter, who’s also the editor of FanSided’s Padres site, Chicken Friars, broke down Hundley’s extension.  While Justin and others agree that Hundley’s deal is team friendly, many question what the new contract means for top prospect and offseason acquisition Yasmani Grandal.

Grandal came over from the Cincinnati Reds as a piece of the Mat Latos package.  The 23-year-old was a key player in the deal and enters the 2012 season rated as Baseball America’s 53rd best prospect.

While Grandal was slated to start the season at the Triple-A level, many had him pegged as the Padres everyday catcher well before the 2015 or even ’14 season.

At this point, Padres general manager Josh Byrnes doesn’t view his catcher position as an overcrowded situation.  While he admits that that may be the case one day, the GM doesn’t currently view it that way.

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  • The5_5Hole

    I think Grandal is still at least a year away. So that means he would play a back-up/platoon role for only three years. Plus Hundley has struggled to play more than half a season, so Grandal will be very valuable.

  • bblontz

     @The5_5Hole So you don’t think a trade will be necessary? I wasn’t sure if Hundley’s limited playing time had to do with injuries or ineffectiveness before last season.

  • The5_5Hole

    @bblontz I think it would be premature to assume the Padres will trade Hundley. I’ve wrote about this before, but he and Headley are the only two Padres players who have made a conscious effort to adjust their offensive games to Petco Park. And they’ve gotten results if you look at their peripheral numbers the last two years. There’s no guarantee with Grandal, but if he performs well, I think he could transition perfectly into that number one role. But don’t get me wrong, Hundley’s contract makes him a fantastic trade target for any team in need of a reliable back stop.