News: San Diego Padres To Extend David Eckstein Through 2010

Michael WagnerSenior Analyst IAugust 22, 2009

PHOENIX - MAY 26:  Infielder David Eckstein #3 of the San Diego Padres in action during the major league baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on May 26, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Diamondbacks defeated the Padres 6-5.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

According to the San Diego Padres Twitter feed, the team is close to extending veteran second baseman David Eckstein through the 2010 season, worth $1 million.

In Eckstein's first season with the Padres he has batted .255 with an on-base percentage of .317 and 38 RBI.

The Padres have been impressed with Eckstein's play with the Padres this season and his ability to mentor the Padres youngsters such as Tony Gwynn Jr., Will Venable, and Everth Cabrera.

The move to extend Eckstein makes perfect sense because the Padres do not have a second baseman that is prepared to play at the major league level yet.

Although Eckstein's bat is not the same he still brings a good glove and more importantly a great veteran presence to this young Padres locker room.