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Federowicz Questions Will Soon Be Resolved 

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As the MLB trade deadline lingers just ahead, many have ventured to say that not a single player on the San Diego Padres is truly “safe” until July 31 passes.

Yet another player who applies to this rule is six-year catcher Tim Federowicz, who has been recovering from a March knee surgery and playing in the minors for the past number of weeks. The ex-Dodger catcher initially began his rehab stint with Class A Fort Wayne and after being promoted to Triple-A on July 18, FedX has only had seven hits (five RBI’s) in thirty-seven at-bats with the El Paso Chihuahuas, totaling in only a .189 average.

Back in the offseason, San Diego signed Federowicz to a 1-year/$512k deal, as he was brought to the Padres as part of the Matt Kemp trade. Thus, if the Padres are motivated to keep him moving forward in the future, they will need to re-sign him and avoid free agency at the conclusion of the 2015 season.

The situation obviously raises questions for the future of Federowicz’s professional career, whether it be with the Padres or someone else.

Like all other players and teams, the Padres have until Friday at 1 pm PT to make a decision regarding Federowicz; Friday also happens to be the day which the veteran backstop is scheduled to officially end his minor league rehab assignment.

Whether or not he will actually be ready for the 40-man roster is another question entirely.

His recent batting lull in AAA hasn’t exactly hinted at the idea that he is ready for the major leagues again, but, at the same time, the catcher has proven himself worthy of being a part of the 40-man roster time and time again.

The Padre’s move from here is a decision that truly lies in the patience of A.J. Preller and the rest of the Padres front office.

The decision regarding Federowicz’s contract should be telling of the direction the organization wants to take with catchers in the future. Derek Norris, San Diego’s current primary catcher, will also be eligible for arbitration for the first time at the end of this season, but hasn’t been a name widely discussed on the trade block; San Diego fans can expect the Padres to likely hold on to Norris until at least the end of the year.

Furthermore, the arrival of young Austin Hedges shouldn’t be taken lightly. In his first full major league season, the rookie has proven himself worthy during multiple points in the 2015 year. Despite a less-than-standout batting average, Hedges has six RBI’s and two home runs to his name and possesses quite the arm behind the plate, nailing numerous runners on the base paths this year.

Again, with the proper insight from the Padres front office team, San Diego ideally holds on to Hedges for seasons to come.

With this said, it should be interesting to keep a close eye on A.J. Preller’s approach to the situation. Besides shortstop, catcher is one position which hasn’t been widely discussed at all in recent Padres news.

Many questions still linger with the deadline fast approaching.

What players will San Diego have after the July 31 deadline? Will the Padres once again carry a catcher trifecta as they did last year with Hundley, Grandal, and Rivera? Will the idea of Derek Norris platooning with Alonso at first base once again return to the conversation? Will Federowicz return to the majors at all?

After July 31, Padres fans and more importantly Tim Federowicz will find out the answer to these questions and more, with the last sixty regular season games still ahead.