Padres acquire Cameron Maybin

SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Padres can check one area of need off their offseason wish list.

San Diego acquired Florida Marlins outfielder Cameron Maybin in a trade on Saturday.

The Marlins, who were seeking bullpen help this winter, received right-handed relievers Ryan Webb and Edward Mujica in return.

In making the trade the Padres did not have to break up the back end of their bullpen, setup men Mike Adams, Luke Gregerson or two-time All-Star closer Heath Bell.

The 26-year-old Mujica was 2-1 with a 3.62 ERA in 59 games for the Padres. He struck out 72 and walked just six.

The 24-year-old Webb was 3-1 with a 2.90 ERA in 54 games.

In parts of four seasons with the Tigers and Marlins, Maybin hit .246 with 13 home runs and 45 RBIs in 548 at-bats, roughly the equivalent of a full Major League season for an every-day player.

The 23-year-old Maybin hit .234 with eight home runs and 28 RBIs in 74 starts in center field in 2010.

Maybin was the 10th overall pick in the 2005 draft and later traded by Detroit in a multiplayer deal for Miguel Cabrera. Once considered one of baseball's top prospects, he's struggled to make consistent contact at the plate in the majors, leading to several trips back to the minors.

But one of the Padres' biggest areas of need this offseason was finding an everyday center fielder, preferably someone who could hit at or near the top of the order and eventually be a table-setter for three-time All-Star Adrian Gonzalez and projected No. 4 hitter Ryan Ludwick.

Maybin on Saturday spoke with Padres officials, who he said told him that he'd be the team's starting center fielder in 2011.

Last season, the Padres ranked 30th in the Major Leagues in batting average out of the leadoff spot (.237) and 28th in on-base percentage (.306).