The San Diego Padres' Cameron Maybin Trade Is Paying Dividends

Harold FriendChief Writer IJuly 31, 2011

Maybin Steals Another Base
Maybin Steals Another BaseSarah Glenn/Getty Images

It was a trade that helped both the San Diego Padres and the Florida Marlins.

On Nov. 13, 2010, the Padres sent young relief pitchers Edward Mujica and Ryan Webb to the Marlins for 24-year-old Cameron Maybin.

Mujica is having a solid season in Florida with an 8-3 record, a 3.02 ERA and a Mike Adams like 0.868 WHIP, while Webb is 1-4 with a 3.67 ERA and a not-too-impressive 1.369 WHIP.

Meanwhile, Maybin may be reaching some of his potential.

He is batting .280/.333/.413 with 24 steals in 26 attempts. On the downside for traditionalists, he has struck out 84 times, which is not good for a batter who doesn't hit many home runs.

Thirteen of Maybin's steals have been in July. The last Padre to come close to 13 July stolen bases was Steve Finley, who had 12 in 1995.

Since the All-Star game, Maybin is batting .369, with 24 hits in 65 at-bats.

Cameron Maybin made his major league debut with the Detroit Tigers on Aug. 16, 2007 at Yankee Stadium. Facing Andy Pettitte, Maybin was hitless in four at-bats, striking out twice.

The next day, Maybin faced the other half of the Yankees "dynamic" duo, Andy Pettitte's good friend and confidant, Roger Clemens.

Batting ninth, Maybin singled to right field for his first major league hit.

Leading off the Tigers fifth inning, Maybin hit a home run off Clemens. His next time up, Clemens let him know how he felt about rookies (or anyone) touching him up for a home run. Maybin was hit by a Clemens pitch.

In his final at-bat, leading off the ninth inning, Maybin joined a club that has many members. Mariano Rivera struck him out.

On Dec. 5, 2007, the Tigers traded Maybin and a group of young players to the Marlins for Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis.

With the Marlins, Maybin was their opening day center fielder in 2009, but he hit only .250 and spent some time in the minors.

With the departure of Ryan Ludwick to the Pittsburgh Pirates, Maybin is the lone Padres outfielder with an up side.

General manager Jed Hoyer is doing a good job clearing out players with large contracts. He and the fans must hope that the youngsters the Padres acquired develop as predicted.