The non-tender deadline has come and gone this week. The Padres made no surprising moves, but ones that they did make were mostly expected. These moves give an idea what the team will do at the Winter Meetings and in the coming weeks.
The Padres acquired left-handed pitcher Drew Pomeranz, Jose Torres, a player to be named later, and cash considerations from the Athletics for first baseman Yonder Alonso and left-handed pitcher Marc Rzepczynski.
The headline of the deal is swing-man Drew Pomeranz, who has started and relieved in the past. Last season, he struggled as a starter early on before pitching better coming out of the bullpen. He pitched 86 innings, giving up 71 hits and 35 earned runs (3.66 ERA). Over those innings he walked 31 while striking out 82. With the current configuration of the roster, he would be a candidate to start. Expect him to bounce between the rotation and bullpen next season.
Jose Torres has both started and relieved in the minor leagues and had a solid season as a relieve pitcher in Low-A and Advanced-A. Across those two levels, he pitched 77.1 innings giving up 55 hits and 22 earned runs. Over those innings he walked 23 and striking out 80. According to J.J. Cooper of Baseball America, Torres has shown some promise. He throws in the mid-90s with life and saw improved command of his secondary pitches last season.
The Padres are expected to save $5.5 million because of the transaction, according to Fangraphs.com.
This deal continues to open up payroll space for the club to pursue multiple free agents to fill needs, tweets Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union Tribune. The club is not in play for the high-end free agents and will look to fill left field, shortstop, and pitching, tweets Lin.
With Alonso gone, Wil Myers looks to become the full time first baseman. Also, Alonso was one of the few left-handed bats that started on a regular basis last season (when healthy). Now that he is gone, expect the team to sign a left-handed bat, perhaps someone for the outfield. With the roster configuration now, they are even more right handed than they were before this deal.