Grading the Padres Offseason Additions

#7   12/29/14

Shawn Kelley for Johnny Barbato

The Padres had overhauled their offense, but still needed a few pieces in their bullpen. Shawn Kelley was acquired from the New York Yankees on the 29th of December for Minor League pitcher Johnny Barbato. Kelley started off his Padres tenure in a rough way, but ultimately had one of the best performances out of the pen for the Padres in 2015. Kelley has gone 2-2 with a 2.72 ERA and a 1.122 WHIP. He has struck out 55 batters in 46 innings and has proved very useful.

Kelley is due for free agency after the 2015 season, and the Padres will likely make a run at retaining him. Barbato went 6-2 this season with a 2.67 ERA between AA and AAA. Interesting that the 23-year-old had a 0.36 ERA in 14 games after being promoted to AAA. He could be a decent reliever eventually for the Bronx Bombers, but Kelley and his veteran leadership was needed now by the Padres.

Grade B

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