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Kendall's deal likely dead; Padres ink Payton

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San Diego, CA (Sports Network) - A deal that would have brought three-time All-Star catcher from Pittsburgh to San Diego is apparently off the table. general manager Kevin Towers said Tuesday the team's top executives met and decided they didn't want to pick up Kendall's hefty contract, which has four years and $42 million remaining. The proposed trade would have sent Kendall to San Diego in exchange for catcher and third baseman . Hernandez has two years and $7 million left on his contract, while Cirillo also has two years and is owed $15 million.

A trade for Kendall heated up during last season, but it was never finalized at the trading deadline. Talks became active within the last week and it seemed like Kendall would finally get a chance to return home to play. A native of San Diego, Kendall hit .325 with six homers and 58 RBI last season.

Meanwhile the , signed free agent outfielder to a two-year contract worth $5.5 million. The 31-year-old Payton played in 157 games for Colorado last season and batted .302 with 28 home runs and 89 RBI. Payton will most likely be the regular left fielder for the .

In his first four seasons in the majors, Payton played in New York with the . His best season there came in 2000, when he hit .291 with 17 homers and 62 RBI while helping lead the to a spot in the World Series. The Zanesville, Ohio native then went to the in 2002 and played 134 games before he put up his best offensive campaign last season.

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