San Diego Padres Add Micah Owings to Major League Roster: Fan’s Take

The San Diego Padres added another versatile player to their major league roster for the 2012 season. With the season close and spring training just weeks away, San Diego made a potentially big addition to their roster for the upcoming season. San Diego signed Micah Owings to a one year, one million dollar contract for the 2012 season. Owings has the ability to contribute as either a starter, relief pitcher, or also with his bat in 2012.

Owings spent the 2011 season with the division rival Arizona Diamondbacks. Owings had an 8-0 record last season in Arizona and was primarily used as a long reliever. Owings is great in the long reliever role because he has a good bat and does not need to be pinch hit for when he comes around in the batting order like many pitchers do. A solid middle reliever is also one of the few roster spots where San Diego has a need for a quality player on the roster.

In addition to his solid pitching, Owings is also a very good hitter. Owings is a career .286 hitter with nine home runs and 35 RBIs for his career. He is one of the better hitting pitchers in all of baseball. This trait makes Owings valuable to any team and makes him a strong addition to the San Diego roster for 2012. Owings can also potentially be used off the bench as a pinch hitter.

San Diego fans have to be cautiously excited about the upcoming season. The addition of Owings to the pitching staff leaves San Diego with several options for both the starting rotation and the bullpen. Spring training will be interesting to see how the roster shakes out for opening day. I think that the addition of Owings was a great move and one that can help the team in many different areas. If Owings is forced into the starting rotation, it would likely be due to injury or ineffectiveness of someone ahead of him. This wouldn't be good news for Padre fans but is a task Owings is certainly capable of handling.

Kyle Rapoza is a San Diego native and a fan of the San Diego Padres. He's gone through the ups and downs of following a small market team.

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Updated Friday, Feb 3, 2012