Ryan Hanigan for Will Middlebrooks
This small addition is the best move A.J. Preller made in the off-season. Hanigan was due to make $8 million dollars through the 2016 season. Middlebrooks made a little over 500k this season. The Padres saved $7.5 million dollars and were able to take a look at a young corner infielder. Hanigan’s contract is bad. He is nothing more than a backup catcher. Paying a backup catcher $3.7 million dollars a season would have been horrible.