With the San Diego Padres looking to acquire bats for their offensive front, they took no time in also locking up one of their arbitration-eligible hurlers. The Padres have re-signed right-handed pitcher Joe Wieland to a one-year, $590,000 contract, avoiding arbitration, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.
Pitcher Joe Wieland has agreed on $590,000 deal with #padres to avoid salary arbitration.
— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) December 6, 2014
Wieland, who soon turns 25 years old in January, is a native of Bishop Manogue High School in Reno, Nev., was drafted in the fourth round of the 2008 amateur draft by the Texas Rangers. After spending 2008-11 with the Rangers, Wieland, along with Robbie Erlin, were shipped off to San Diego right before the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline in 2011 in exchange for reliever Mike Adams.
Wieland had to undergo Tommy John surgery in order to repair a ligament in his right elbow in 2012 after going 0-4 with a 4.55 ERA in five starts for San Diego, causing him to take a step back in his road to the major leagues.
However, in September of last season, Wieland finally appeared in major league games. During his 2014 stint with the Padres, he went 1-0 with a 7.15 ERA over four appearances (two starts). Also, he pitched to a 2-3 record, along with a 3.03 ERA, in nine starts in the minors, including striking out 36 batters in 38 innings of work.
Under Padres’ control until 2018, Wieland figures to fight for a spot in the rotation this coming season. He had previously qualified for Super-Two status in arbitration after accumulating enough time on the 60-day disabled list.