Thursday, December 12, 2013

Padres Acquire Patrick Schuster from Astros

This morning, the San Diego Padres made one of the most interesting trades of the entire offseason, sending right handed reliever Anthony Bass with cash and a player to be named later to the Astros in exchange for a player to be named later. The Astros selected southpaw reliever Patrick Schuster from the Diamondbacks organization and traded him to the Padres as their player to be named later, the Astros did not see any talent that they liked with the Padres pick (12th overall) and elected to acquire the $50,000 dollar fee (to replace the money spent for drafting Schuster). The deal was announced in a confusing manner, but was cleared up after the rule 5 draft and by quotes from Josh Byrnes.

The deal fills a gaping hole that was opened by the deal that sent Joe Thatcher to Arizona in exchange for Ian Kennedy. At this point, I am very impressed with the Padres brass for finding ways to be creative. The Padres essentially moved up in the rule 5 draft without doing anything, as Anthony Bass would have been the player designated for assignment anyway. The scouting department deserves "kudos" for finding Schuster and Jake Lemmerman (who was picked up in the AAA phase of the rule 5 draft) and not losing any players in the draft.

Here is the rundown on Schuster. The 23-year old is a 6'1 lefty who will compete for the left-handed specialist job in San Diego. According to Josh Byrnes himself, the Padres brass has been eyeing Schuster for several weeks and had received excellent reports from A-ball. The reliever posted an ERA of 1.83 in 55 games in A+ ball, turning some heads last season.

They Padres have had success in recent years in the rule 5 draft, selecting Ivan Nova (who was returned that spring training, but has become a successful starter with the Yankees) and Everth Cabrera, the team's sole all-star representative in 2013. The Padres also have a history of finding diamonds in the rough when it comes to bullpen arms. I love this move!

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