Monday, March 30, 2009

Padres' talks with Niemann hit stalemate

According to Tom Krasovic of the San Diego Union Tribune, the Padres had been talking to the Tampa Bay Rays about pitcher Jeff Niemann, but the talks have apparently died.

When asked about Niemann's availability, the Rays came back asking about San Diego prospects Simon Castro, Wynn Pelzer, Juedy Valdez and Nick Schmidt, a price the Padres felt was too high for their blood.

The Padres still may able to pick him up once spring training comes to a close. Niemann is out of minor league options and may not make the team out of spring training. If that's the case, the Rays will need to make a decision on what they're going to do with him. More than likely, the team will get the deal they want for him, or they'll have to put him on waivers to see who makes a claim. If the Padres are still interested, the two teams will have to come up with a more agreeable deal than what was brought to the table before.

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