Padres Release Oscar Salazar

The Padres released infielder Oscar Salazar, the team announced. San Diego acquired Salazar in the 2009 trade that saw the Orioles acquire Cla Meredith, who was also released this month.

Salazar played first, second, third and both corner outfield positions last year, posting a .237/.318/.336 line in 148 plate appearances. The Padres acquired Alberto Gonzalez earlier today, so they no longer needed the 32-year-old Salazar.

In related moves, the Padres called Cedric Hunter up from Triple-A, optioned Wade LeBlanc, Aaron Cunningham and Everth Cabrera to Triple-A, reassigned Randy Flores, Guillermo Quiroz and Logan Forsythe to minor league camp and placed Eric Patterson on the 15-day DL.


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10 Comments on "Padres Release Oscar Salazar"


lefty177
4 years 5 months ago

really? Why would they send LeBlanc and Cabrera? (i could see a reason for Cabrera more than LeBlanc)

4 years 5 months ago

Alberto Gonzalez is the new UT-INF. Luebke is on the team out of the pen. Latos to the DL.

corey23
4 years 5 months ago

I follow the padres on twitter and i believe he just isn’t ready to start the season… injury setback in spring training and his stuff just wasnt ready.

edit: leblanc that is

ARod's Ring
4 years 5 months ago

You follow the Padres on Twitter…? and I dont get it.

corey23
4 years 5 months ago

they always are updating what is going on with the roster, which is why me saying i follow them is relevant. i should have made my point more clear i suppose. Whoever it is that updates the padres twitter updates a lot, and does a great job letting everyone know what’s up with the team…. and i was saying that they mentioned leblanc in the twitter feed in regards to him going to AAA…

Matt Galvin
4 years 5 months ago

Maybe because of Gonzalez.

4 years 5 months ago

It’s nice to see a trade work out equally well for both teams.

disgruntledreader
4 years 5 months ago

Cabrera’s going out because they want him to play every day, not back up with <10 at-bats a week.
LeBlanc's going out because they don't need a fifth starter the first two times through the rotation, so he can stay on track. (That's their statement, although I imagine if Wade continues to be Wade Leblanc, they just might let him stay in Tucson and pull Luebke out of the bullpen for the #5 spot.)
Hunter over Cunningham really makes no sense to me.

iheartyourfart
4 years 5 months ago

Hunter had a great spring and he’s been with the org for a while so they figured to give him a taste of the bigs before he finally takes a trip to AAA.

Also, it looks like Luebke is going to be the swing-man out of the pen and Moseley is going to start in the #5 spot.

disgruntledreader
4 years 5 months ago

Moseley is the #4 starter as the roster is configured…
(Anyone who mistakes this for good news is in for a long season.)