Overall, this deal is relatively minor trade and even between both teams, while it gives the team flexibility to address other needs.
Tender Deadline Notes
- The Padres avoided arbitration and signed infielder Brett Wallace to a one-year deal worth $1 million, tweets Corey Brock of MLB.com. He was a surprising contributor — .302/.374/.521 in 107 plate — appearances, to the club in the second half of the season. He should see some time at the corner infield positions while mostly coming off the bench in a pinch-hitting capacity.
- The club announced they have non-tendered the contracts of infielder Will Middlebrooks, left-handed pitcher Frank Garces, and catcher Rocky Gale. Middlebrooks struggled mightily after a decent start to last season and ultimately lost his roster spot. With the current structure of the infield and future pieces that should be added, there was no room for him. Garces struggled with consistency coming out of the bullpen last season. It wouldn’t be surprising to see them take re-sign Garces just for minor league pitching depth, just at a discounted price.
- The Padres are only willing to deal Tyson Ross if they receive a “monster package” in return, writes Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com.
- The club is showing “strong interest” in free agent infielder Chase Utley, tweets Jayson Stark of ESPN.com. While it is yet to be determined how he would fit on the team’s current roster, an agreement with Utley would certainly have the club move one of the infielders that are on the roster.
- Teams that have spoken to the Padres about a possible trade involving James Shields say they are not looking to eat money. Instead, they want a young shortstop and other talent in return, tweets Jayson Stark of ESPN.com. However, some teams are skeptical that the club could even more Shields at all, tweets Ken Rosenthal.
- The club officially announced the team’s 2016 coaching staff. It goes as follows: pitching coach Darren Balsley and third base coach Glenn Hoffman will be the only coaches returning to the staff. New to the staff in 2016 will be Mark McGwire as bench coach, Alan Zinter as hitting coach, Doug Bochtler as bullpen coach, and Tarrik Brock as first base coach. Eddie Rodriguez will also serve as a coach who will be in a variety of different roles.
- A day after non-tendering the contract of Rocky Gale, they have re-signed the catcher to a minor league deal with an invitation to Spring Training, tweets Chris Cotillo of SBNation.com.
- The club also has signed 1B Nick Evans and infielder/outfielder Ryan Schimphf to minor league deals, reports Matt Eddy of BaseballAmerica.com. Allen has major league experience with the Mets and Diamondbacks. Schimphf has spent his entire career in the Blue Jays minor league system.