The Padres picked up 30 year-old reliever Scott Williamson from the Cubs today. In return the Cubs received some Class A pitchers: Fabian Jimenez Angulo and Joel Santo.
Santo was ranked 16th among Padres prospects coming into this season, while Angulo was not in the top 30.
Williamson is making $2MM this year. He was one of Jim Hendry’s Tommy John rehab projects. This season, Williamson has dealt with a problem similar to tennis elbow. Speculation is that the Padres acquired Williamson to set up a trade of Scott Linebrink for a third baseman. The deal marks Jim Hendry’s first with Kevin Towers.