SAN DIEGO — The Padres have temporarily ceased negotiating with free-agent outfielder Tim Raines, who wants $900,000 a year more than the team is willing to pay.
Raines' agent, Tom Reich, had asked for a three-year, $2-million annual contract, but the Padres on Thursday countered with a three-year offer worth $1.1 million annually.
Raines is the second free agent this week the Padres have told to "test the market." On Thursday, they ended negotiations with Atlanta's Bob Horner, who wanted a one-year deal worth $1.45 million.
The Padres offered Horner $1 million, plus incentive clauses.
Ballard Smith, Padre president, said Friday that he doesn't expect to hear from Reich soon.
"At this point, I think we're so far apart that there isn't anything to talk about," Smith said. "I think they'll have to go out and see what the market is. I think they're all overestimating the market. I think there's a bunch of guys (free agents) who made errors in judgment. They should have taken what their original clubs offered them, because I think it was more than they were worth."