Padres and playwright Robert Suarez have agreed to a five-year, $46 million contract with cancellation after three years, a team source confirmed to the athlete Thursday. The agreement is pending physical. Here’s what you need to know:
- The deal comes less than a year after the former Nippon Professional Baseball player Suarez signed his first major league contract with San Diego.
- The Right threw 47 innings 2/3 in the 2022 regular season, and had a 2.27 ERA, with 61 strikes.
- The deal means Suarez, 31, is essentially Padres’ closest from the future; Current closest Josh Hader is eligible for free agency after the 2023 season.
MLB reporter John Morosi reported the new contract for the first time.
Padres’ look at free agent: Robert Suarez is ready to benefit after his impressive debut
Suarez first signed with Padres in December 2021 to a contract that included a $5 million player option for 2023. As expected, he declined the second-year option.
The Venezuelan spent the previous five seasons in the NPB before coming to the MLB, earning a 2.81 ERA and 1.161 WHIP in 205 rounds.
What has succeeded for Suarez this year?
Suarez’s success was not a complete surprise. Over the past two years, he has emerged as the closest dominant leader to the Hanshin Tigers in Japan. However, there was a question about how his high-octane stuff would translate to the big business. Answer: Well, actually. Suarez recovered from a disastrous debut in the big league on opening day and later had knee surgery mid-season to replace him as Padres’ primary prep man.
His Fastball, up to three numbers, and his weapon change were consistent. He made a categorical combination that showed his adaptability. His strong temperament passed into the larger stages; Suarez did not give up his post-season run until the second game of the National League Championship. He ended up with a 3.00 ERA in nine pivotal playoffs. – flexible
Is the contract reasonable?
With Hader not far from free agency, it was clear that the Padres family needed to keep Suarez. However, his new deal is a striking commitment. Suarez will turn 32 on March 1, and long-term contracts with loyalists rarely expire in the team’s favour. Padres has first-hand experience: Drew Pomeranz was also 31 when he took a four-year pay of $34 million from San Diego, and the Pomeranz has thrown fewer than 50 runs in the three seasons since.
However, Suarez’s impressive appearance and other factors in the market, including Edwin Diaz’s historic deal with the Mets, likely meant that Padres had to overpay for his re-sign. In an ideal world, Suarez would remain healthy, performing for the first three years of his new contract and ending at the age of 34. The risk of that not happening is high. – flexible
Padres Officeson’s Other Priorities
The Padres are still negotiating with the versatile Nick Martinez, who has pulled out of his own deal. Now that Suarez is back, Martinez – if he does too – should have a relatively clear starting track for San Diego in 2023. Regardless of where he signs, Padres needs to add the start. Martinez, in this capacity, is considered an arm back, and Shawn Manya and Mike Clevenger departed via free agency.
Padres also need to tackle first base, left field and designated hitter. The final return of Fernando Tates Jr. from suspension should help, but the team could use at least one racket with some pop. – flexible
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