The San Diego Padres cut loose right-hander Eric Show on Thursday, electing to pay a $250,000 contract buyout rather than pick up his $1.1 million option for 1991.

The Padres' winningest pitcher with 100 career victories, the 34-year-old Show is now a free agent.Show, a product of the Padres' farm system, had been with the big league club since the last part of the 1981 season.

He got his 100th career win by pitching San Diego to a win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Oct. 3 season finale.

Show finished at 6-8 with a 5.76 ERA. He appeared in 39 games, including 12 starts. After an 0-5 start, Show was removed from the rotation and sent to the bullpen. He made several starts in July but then was back in the bullpen for the rest of the year until his winning start in the season's last game.

Though he went 1-8 in his first 17 outings, Show bounced back to go 5-0 in his final 22 appearances, with one save, his first since July 8, 1982 at Philadelphia.