Familiar faces welcome Owings to Padres

Familiar faces welcome Owings to Padres

Familiar faces welcome Owings to Padres
PEORIA, Ariz. -- When new Padres reliever Micah Owings was traded to the Reds in 2008, he essentially walked into a clubhouse that was filled with strangers.

"Right away, there wasn't anyone I really knew," Owings said Monday.

That's not the case this spring as Owings -- who signed a one-year deal worth $1 million on Feb. 1 -- has found more than just a few friendly and familiar faces in the Padres' clubhouse in Peoria.

"There's a comfort level here," Owings said.

That's because the 29-year-old right-hander, who is in competition for the long-relief job, already has ties with several players and front-offices types.

Owings played with outfielder Carlos Quentin and second baseman Orlando Hudson in Arizona when Padres chairman and CEO Jeff Moorad, general manager Josh Byrnes and assistant general manager A.J. Hinch were still with the D-backs.

Owings also played with pitcher Edinson Volquez and first baseman Yonder Alonso in Cincinnati the last two seasons. And to top it all off, Owings was a teammate of closer Huston Street's in 2003 when both played for Team USA. Going back even further, Owings was teammates in 2001 with non-roster outfielder Jeremy Hermida on Georgia's East Cobb select team that won the Connie Mack World Series.

"I've been blessed to build relationships and I appreciate that I've had these relationships," Owings said.