As San Diego heads into a series against the first-place Diamondbacks, only 5 games out of first and on a hot streak, the Padres made their first trade of the year. San Diego acquired 27-year old SS Pedro Ciriaco for a player to be named later and designated third baseman James Darnell for assignment. The deal provides infield depth to a Padres team that just saw rookie second baseman Jedd Gyorko hit the disabled list. Ciriaco will get some at bats, but in reality he is a 27-year old journeyman who is now playing for his third organization. He did show some promise last season, hitting .293 in 259 at bats and stealing 16 bases l for the Red Sox. Don't expect too much though, but you could potentially see something similar to Alexi Amarista or Everth Cabrera, who were both under the radar type acquisitions. Amarista was acquired in the Ernesto Frieri deal and Everth was a rule 5 guy. Expect a utility player who might be something a little more, but probably won't. Ciriaco was designated for assignment June 10th.
The reason this move is interesting, is it shows how bad James Darnell's injury (dislocated shoulder) actually is, as the once highly touted prospect was just given up on.