The Padres are 59-62 after a successful sweep of the Braves. They are winners of seven of their last nine games after dropping the previous six. While the playoffs are likely out of the picture, the team made their first major deal this season sending Will Venable to the Rangers for catcher/outfielder Marcus Greene and right handed pitcher Jon Edwards.
Venable, a well respected player that always gave his heart and effort on the field has been with the club since 2008. In his Padres career he hit .252/.316/.410 overall with 81 home runs and 304 career RBI. While some have said that a re-union in the offseason could be an ideal situation, I personally don’t see it that way. With multiple outfielders in Double-A and Triple-A that could fill that fourth of fifth outfielder role, it may be hard to fit him into the team’s future plans.
Greene played at the Rangers High-A level hitting just .218/.365/.500 with 5 home runs and nine RBI. He’s shown power in his bat with the ability to walk, walking 16 times 96 plate appearances. He is also recovering from Tommy John surgery.
Edwards is the player to be named later prospect in the deal and seen as the one closer to the majors (Twitter Link). He’s pitched well since transitioning from a position player to a pitcher, posting a 3.21 ERA. This season with the Rangers Triple-A affiliate, he’s put up a 1.42 ERA in 31.2 innings. He’s struck out 44 batters to just 8 walks this season over that same time. He’s definitely a September call-up candidate.
The Padres also might not be done trading pieces, though two players are likely not going to be dealt this season. Ian Kennedy and Joaquin Benoit were placed on waivers before being pulled back by the Padres after they were claimed by an unnamed teams, writes Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.
Heyman goes on to write that rival teams suggest that the Padres are still trying to win as many games as possible which could be a reason why Kennedy was pulled back.
- Brandon Morrow (right shoulder impingement) will have surgery that will force him to miss the rest of the season, tweets Corey Brock of MLB.com. The recovery time for this type of surgery is three to four months. Morrow only made five starts for the club, posting an impressive 2.73 ERA.
- Josh Johnson (Tommy John surgery) threw a bullpen session on Tuesday, tweets Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union Tribune. He threw a total of 30 pitches, all fastballs.
- Cory Luebke (Tommy John surgery) has begun to play catch, Dennis Lin also notes.
- Taylor Lindsey has cleared waivers and was outrighted to Double-A San Antonio, the team announced.
- Veteran right handed pitcher Dale Thayer has also cleared waivers and has been outrighted to Triple-A El Paso, the team announced.
- The Padres has been added outfielder Travis Jankowski to the 25 and 40 man rosters to take the place of outfielder Will Venable, the team announced. Jankowski was having a breakout season between Double-A and Triple-A hitting a combined .335/.413/.425. He’ll have a chance to show off his skill-set to see if he’s apart of the team’s future plans.
- To make room for the recently acquired Edwards, the club designated left handed pitcher Chris Rearick for assignment, the team announced. Rearick had a cup of coffee with the big league club early in the season, giving up 4 earned runs over 3 innings. In Triple-A, his results weren’t much better, giving up 25 earned runs over 43 innings.