Padres Points: Rea, Upton, Norris

The Padres are 54-61 despite taking two of three from the Reds earlier this week. With the club 10 games back of the Dodgers and 12 games back of the Cubs for the National League Wild Card, the team will begin to look towards 2016.

The first sign of this was Colin Rea‘s major league debut against the Reds, who is arguably the only pitching prospect above Double-A seen as a potential major league starter. He was decent in his debut, going 5 innings and only giving up three earned runs. The offense helped him tremendously in his debut scoring 11 runs before the Reds ever got on the board.

While Rea might never be a top of the rotation piece, he could end up competing for a spot in the rotation next spring training. An offseason need for the Padres could be starting pitching. As it stand now, Rea would be the projected number five starter for the club heading into Spring Training, given the current free agent status of other starting pitchers on the staff.

Also, the Padres continues to be active on the waivers during the month of August, tweets Bob Nightengale of USA Today. They continue to look for potential pieces on the market that could help them next season and beyond.

A deal of swapping large contracts in August is something that the Padres could do by trading away James Shields. Since Shields has cleared waivers, he’s free to be traded to any team. While it makes some sense to take some money off the books, starting pitching would become a glaring weakness heading into the offseason. At this time, it still seems unlikely Shields is dealt.

Injury Notes

  • Corey Spangenberg (knee) has been moved to Triple-A El Paso to continue his rehab assignment. He’s 2-9 with an RBI, a run scored, one walk, and two strikeouts.

Friar Notes

  • The Padres will take a shot at re-signing Justin Upton this offseason, A.J. Preller told Barry Bloom of MLB.com. The full written text on Upton: “He’s definitely going to be one of the options we talk about,” Preller said. “He’s made a very positive impression here. We’re going to sit down in the offseason and see what we can do with him.” Bloom also breaks down some of the big acquisitions and which ones have worked out, while also outlining the ones that have not lived up to expectations.

Friar Moves

The Padres made a flurry of moves this week. Here is the rundown:

  • As expected, the Padres recalled right handed pitcher Colin Rea from Triple-A El Paso. For the time being, he’s expected to be apart of the starting rotation.
  • The most interesting roster move – the team signed right handed pitcher Bud Norris, who has struggled this season (52 earned runs in 66.1 innings pitched) before being released by the Orioles. He’ll be used out of the bullpen and is a nice buy low candidate. He’ll benefit from Petco Park after playing previously with the Astros and Orioles. If he does well, it would not be surprising if he re-signs with the club next offseason.
  • The Padres designated Dale Thayer and Taylor Lindsey. Thayer, who had been a part of the team’s bullpen since 2012 struggled this year with consistency, particularly in the last month or so. He had a 3.19 ERA over four seasons with the club. Lindsey came to San Diego as part of the package that sent Huston Street to the Angels last summer. Lindsey was seen for his offensive upside that never showed in 2015. On the season between Double-A and Triple-A, he hit just .197/.294/.298.
  • Catcher Tim Federowicz, who was designated for assignment recently, has been outrighted to Triple-A El Paso.

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