SAN DIEGO -- Could a contract extension be in the works for Padres outfielder Cameron Maybin? A baseball source said Tuesday that the Padres and Maybin's agent have had dialogue about a contract extension for the 24-year-old center fielder, although nothing is "even the least bit close." Maybin is hitting .272 with eight home runs, 35 RBIs and a team-leading 34 stolen bases in 117 games this season.
"That means a lot," Maybin said of the potential of a deal, following the Padres' 6-4 loss to the Giants on Tuesday. "They've given me a great opportunity. "When the season ends, we can discuss that more." Maybin was obtained from the Marlins in November for relief pitchers Ryan Webb and Edward Mujica. He's flourished as the everyday center fielder, not having to worry from one day to the next whether he was going to be in the starting lineup. "I'm having as much fun as I've had playing baseball in three years," Maybin said during a recent interview. "I can say that every day I'm blessed and I'm thankful to have gotten an opportunity to go out and show that I belong here." Maybin has already accumulated 4.1 WAR (wins above replacement), nearly double the total of 2.2 he had from 2007-10 with the Tigers and the Marlins "Good players make good coaches, and Cam has made us all look pretty good this year," Padres first-base coach Dave Roberts said recently. "He's a special player." Maybin, who is making $429,100 this season, won't be eligible for arbitration for the first time until after the 2013 season and will be under team control through 2015.