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January 2, 2014

Rumor Roundup

Ubaldo's Asking Price

by Daniel Rathman


Padres could use Tommy John survivor Cory Luebke as a reliever
General manager Josh Byrnes has not done much to bolster his lineup this offseason, but the pitching staff has a few fresh faces.

Byrnes was among the early risers in the starter market, inking Josh Johnson to a one-year, $8 million contract on November 19 that might be heralded as the buy-low bargain of the year. He also added former Tigers closer Joaquin Benoit to the bullpen, handing him the primary setup role vacated by Luke Gregerson, who was traded to the Athletics for platoon outfielder Seth Smith. Finally, Byrnes acquired left-hander Patrick Schuster, the first-overall pick in the Rule Five draft, to compete for a specialist gig.

Despite all of those moves, Byrnes is still looking for another “arm or two” to round out the club, and he told reporters (including MLB.com’s Corey Brock) that a 2011 rookie darling might be part of the solution.

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