If you’d told me last Autumn that Mike Piazza would return to Southern California, I’d have wagered it would’ve been as either a) a DH in Anaheim or b) partners with Rikki Rachtman in some ill-fated nightclub/satellite radio venture.

As luck would have it, neither turns out to be the case. Metal Mike has signed a one year, $2 million contract with the San Diego Padres. Piazza’s agent, Dan Lozano is quoted as saying “”The Padres told Mike that he could pretty much catch as much as he wanted to,” which presumably applies to Major League Baseball games as opposed to warming guys up in the bullpen.

A catching tandem of Piazza and Doug Mirabelli isn’t so bad for San Diego, just so long as their groundskeepers remember to keep the infield super muddy. And then there’s the bit about moving the fences in another 75 feet.

In all seriousness, I do wish Piazza nothing but the best in San Diego, though I’m glad I won’t be around when the news is broken to Eddie Trunk.