The San Diego Padres gave right fielder Will Venable a two-year, $8.5 million contract extension on Tuesday. Did the Padres do the right thing by giving the six-year player over $4 million per season?
Venable is playing very well in 2013, which is a big reason why the organization felt they needed to act fast and secure the 30-year-old. The left-handed batter is hitting .273 with a career-high 20 home runs, 49 RBI, 18 doubles, seven triples and 15 stolen bases in 400 at-bats. The fact is he is the offensive leader in several categories and deserves to be compensated for it.
“Will has been very valuable on our roster,” Padres general manager Josh Byrnes said, according to Padres.com. “… Not only has he done what we’ve asked him to do, but he’s done even more.”
Venable will be the first to admit that he has not put forth an ideal performance in recent years. However, there is no denying that he turned on the afterburners last season and is building on that this year. San Diego recognizes that he continues to get better in each passing season, which is why it is critical they make him apart of their future.
“Even though [statistically] I haven’t consistently been where I want to be, I feel each year I have taken steps toward being the player I want to be, with this year being the biggest step,” Venable told Padres.com.
The fact is Venable has been one of the bright spots on another depressing season for the Padres in which they are currently 15 games under .500.