The San Diego Padres finally found a way to unload starting pitcher Chris Paddack, sending him to the Minnesota Twins on Thursday for left-handed reliever Taylor Rogers and outfielder Brent Rooker, per multiple reports.
The Twins are also receiving relief pitcher Emilio Pagan in the deal.
An abundance of pitching depth that included the acquisition of Sean Manaea from the Oakland Athletics made Paddack, who slumped over the last two seasons, expendable for the Padres.
Following a rookie season in which he posted a 3.33 ERA with 153 strikeouts in 140.2 innings, Paddack’s ERA ballooned to 4.95 over his last two seasons.
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In Minnesota, he provides another starting option for a Twins team that has done plenty to revamp its pitching staff this offseason. This winter alone has seen them acquire Sonny Gray, Dylan Bundy, and Chris Archer.
Pagan also has plenty to prove after experiencing a downturn from his closing days with the Tampa Bay Rays. He posted a 4.75 ERA with just two saves over the last two seasons.
In San Diego’s bullpen, Rogers will have an opportunity to compete for late innings after losing out on Mark Melancon in free agency.
He opted to sign with the Arizona Diamondbacks this offseason rather than return to the Padres.
The 31-year-old Rogers owns a 3.15 career ERA with 50 saves over six seasons.