Padres Sign Riley, Kielty, Newhan

The Padres signed left-hander Matt Riley, outfielder Bobby Kielty and infielder David Newhan to minor league deals, according to's Corey Brock (on Twitter). The players will provide San Diego with organizational depth, but do not receive invitations to Major League Spring Training.

Riley, 31, last pitched in the majors for the 2005 Rangers. The former top prospect last played affiliated baseball in the Dodgers organization in 2008. He has a 3.97 ERA with 10.2 K/9 and 4.2 BB/9 in 199 minor league games (121 starts).

Kielty, who tried to convert himself to a pitcher last year, will return to the outfield this spring. The 34-year-old hasn't appeared in the majors since 2007, but he has a .254/.348/.408 line in 2084 plate apperances with the A's, Twins, Red Sox and Blue Jays.

Newhan, who broke in with the 1999 Padres, hasn't appeared in the majors since 2008. The 37-year-old has big league experience at first, second and third and at all three outfield positions.

13 Responses to Padres Sign Riley, Kielty, Newhan Leave a Reply

  1. Bobby Kielty? THE Bobby Kielty?

  2. Infield Fly 4 years ago

    I had no idea that David Newhan was still around to be signed to anything!

  3. iheartyourfart 4 years ago

    i thought there was a law against re-signing with a team once you’ve been PTBNL’d

  4. Karkat 4 years ago

    Aw, Bobby Kielty. Hitter of the winning home run in the 2007 World Series. He wasn’t with the Sox for very long, but he struck me as a good guy. I hope he finds success again.

  5. JohnnyBaseball 4 years ago

    Hoyer is just playing the odds here. Each has had promise and/or produced at one time or another.

    Very small risk with some decent upside. Why not?

  6. jb226 4 years ago

    If I remember Bobby Kielty right (and assuming it’s still the same), you could get some decent production from him as a platoon partner against lefties.

  7. daveypinstripes 4 years ago

    Riley is the only player here mildly interesting.

  8. RATTY1 4 years ago

    This looks like a move to fill up minor league rosters…The minor League teams need depth as well..also having a few Vets playing with the Baby Pads down under is smart and can payoff…other wise it would be a bonus if one of these players found new mojo and moved up to SD…Go $40 Mil Pads..We beat You For Less+++

    • corey23 4 years ago

      “The players will provide San Diego with organizational depth, but do not receive invitations to Major League Spring Training.”

      Yea I’d say you’re right…… ….

  9. CaseyBlakeDeWitt 4 years ago


  10. jeffmaz 4 years ago

    3 older guys who haven’t played in the Bigs for 3 – 6 years


  11. bobes6 4 years ago

    You have got to be kidding me. These signings would be a stretch for the Pirates. The Padres must have no one left in their minor league organization for these moves.

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