Padres Won’t pay up for Trade till 2018

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It looks like that the Padres won’t pay their $7.5 million right now to complete the trade they made earlier when sending Jedd Gyorko to the Cardinals for Jon Jay. Instead they will  pay the Cardinals $2.5 million in 2018 and $5 million in 2019 as part of the $7.5 million out of the $33 million remaining on Gyorko’s contract that they promised to pay as they sent the infielder to St. Louis in exchange for outfielder Jon Jay. According to the Padres general manager A. J Preller, “We looked at the flexibility financially it provides us, whether it’s this year or down the road,” Preller said last week. With an impressive rookie season in 2013, in which he hit 23 home runs with 63 RBI, the Padres was quick to grant Gyorko a six-year, $35-million extension in which they regretted by his performance the following few years when he hit .229 with a .654 OPS, while averaging 13 home runs and 54 RBI.

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