"The morning should be interesting," Byrnes said in an e-mail.
It certainly appears that it was, as the Padres managed to sign nine of the 11 arbitration-eligible players before the 10 a.m. PT deadline.
All told, pitchers Edinson Volquez, Luke Gregerson, Tim Stauffer and Joe Thatcher, catchers Nick Hundley and John Baker, third baseman Chase Headley and outfielders Will Venable and Carlos Quentin agreed to contracts for 2012.
The team has yet to agree to terms with pitchers Dustin Moseley and Clayton Richard, though the Padres can continue to negotiate with them right up until their arbitration hearings, which will be held sometime between Feb. 1-21 in St. Petersburg, Fla.
The deals agreed to on Tuesday were for Thatcher ($700,000), Baker ($750,000), Headley ($3.475 million), Quentin ($7.025 million), Hundley ($2 million), Gregerson ($1.55 million), Volquez ($2.2375 million), Venable ($1.475 million) and Stauffer ($3.2 million).
Because Venable is a Super Two player, he will earn a fourth year of salary arbitration, as opposed to the usual three, before reaching free agency.
According to the Major League Baseball Players Association, Super Two players have at least two but fewer than three years of Major League service. This year's cut-off date was two years, 146 days of service time.
Venable currently has two years and 155 days of service time.
The Padres have tabled, for the time being, any discussions about contract extensions for players.
The Padres had cursory talks with outfielder Cameron Maybin about a contract extension, though he changed agents this week, severing ties with Bob Baratta.