The move was primarily motivated by the fact that Reymond Fuentes held a coveted spot on the Padres forty-man roster. He had a good season in the minor leagues, but the team has many similar players such as Travis Jankowski and Mallex Smith (hits for average and has speed in outfield). Prospects like James Needy, Taylor Lindsey, Justin Hancock, Tayron Guerrero, and Alex Dickerson are all eligible for the Rule V draft, leaving them vulnerable to be picked up by another team if left off the forty-man roster. This trade leaves it at thirty-nine, meaning that more moves could come tonight. A trade of Yonder Alonso to the Tampa Bay Rays, or a trade with the Texas Rangers could make sense. Neither team has announced their forty-man roster moves.
Updates and Other News:
- The Padres are still in the Yasmany Tomas sweepstakes, says my source. According to Kiley McDaniel, the team will not go past seventy million dollars in a bid.
- San Diego has added Taylor Lindsey, Tayron Guerrero, and Alex Dickerson to the forty-man roster, while designating Blaine Boyer and Yeison Asencio for assignment. This makes it highly unlikely that any trades are happening tonight in San Diego. Justin Hancock was left unprotected by the team, as was James Needy. (10:11 PM)
- Houston has left pitcher Michael Feliz unprotected in the Rule V draft. I think this will come back to haunt them.