Padres Seek Utility Player

The Padres are looking for utility help - preferably someone who can play shortstop – tweets MLB.com's Corey Brock.  New shortstop Jason Bartlett has been held out of a few games with a sore knee, and has never played more than 140 games in a season.

Bobby Crosby is still out of work; he was drawing interest from a few clubs in January.  The Indians' Adam Everett could make sense if he doesn't make the team, or the Cubs could part with Augie Ojeda, but overall I don't see many teams with a surplus.


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35 Comments on "Padres Seek Utility Player"


BS
4 years 5 months ago

Mets’ Luis Hernandez or Chin-Lung Hu. Out-of-options and only room for (at most) 1 of them.

4 years 5 months ago

Maybe the Red Sox flip Jed Lowrie to the Padres to reclaim some of the prospects they gave up in the Gonzalez deal? Scutaro is their SS this year, and Iglesias is 2012, Lowrie’s the odd man out.

4 years 5 months ago

If you want Eric Patterson, go for it. Everyone else should be untouchable. especially for a utility player that cannot play SS all year

4 years 5 months ago

No.

woadude
4 years 5 months ago

Yeah a trade of Scutaro for Kelly seems fair

RAYS7
4 years 5 months ago

Jed Lowrie is a bench kind of player . You won’t get any of those prospects you traded to the Padres .

disgruntledreader
4 years 5 months ago

If you don’t think Jed Lowrie is an everyday up-the-middle player, you’re just not paying attention.
(That’s not to say that I’d trade Rizzo, Casey or Fuentes for him, but Drew Cumberland is the only middle infielder in the system who has even a remote chance of someday being a better big league player than Lowrie.)

Kristopher Watson
4 years 5 months ago

What’s wrong with Everth Cabrera. I think with more at bats he can add a lot to a team. He’s got Plus defense and Plus Plus speed.

padreshobo
4 years 5 months ago

He needs a lot more at bats in AAA, then just the occasional start at SS or coming off the bench.

Matt A.
4 years 5 months ago

They’re going to stick him in AAA to get the at bats. He was rushed to the bigs a little too quickly, struggled with the bat, and battled injuries last year. AAA this year will be good for him.

myk13
4 years 5 months ago

He wasn’t “rushed’ per se, he was a Rule 5 pick so he had to play the full season in the majors.

4 years 5 months ago

What about Ramiro Pena? BC it looks like Nunez and Chavez are making the team

Slopeboy
4 years 5 months ago

Exactly what I was thinking. Pena’s bat is a bit light, but the guy can play SS, 2B and 3B smoothly. In addition, he does the little things that help win games, even if they don’t show up in the scorecard.

4 years 5 months ago

If the Cardinals are done with Tyler Greene then that would be a great fit. He’s a former first rounder, can play every infield position and has tremendous tools. Hasn’t found much traction in the Bigs yet so maybe a change in scenery will be good for him. Not likely though since the only player on the 40-man who can play short besides Theriot is Kozma and he’s still a ways away from being called up.

4 years 5 months ago

Diamondbacks trade Abreu for lefty reliever.

rayking
4 years 5 months ago

Eckstein? Unemployed currently, although his SS days may be behind him. I also have an insider source that says he is gritty.

damnitsderek
4 years 5 months ago

That 2005 Topps card is one hell of a source.

rayking
4 years 5 months ago

No, the 2005 card says he is “scrappy”; it is the 2004 card that says he is “gritty.”

4 years 5 months ago

Padres should look to bring back Eckstein.

notsureifsrs
4 years 5 months ago

god no

4 years 5 months ago

Why not?

briankoke
4 years 5 months ago

He can’t handle SS anymore.

disgruntledreader
4 years 5 months ago

On the other hand, he’s atrocious offensively, so at least he’s got that going for him.

4 years 5 months ago

Luis Valbuena may be a option and could be had for most likely a Low A guy if not just for future considerations.

He had a horrid 2010 but you really have to look at what he has done as a whole and he can play all infield and the indians used him in LF some last spring and he handled that well. With Nix / Cord Philps and it even looks like they will keep Adam Everett because he is a better SS option as a utility guy than Valbuena.

4 years 5 months ago

It will be a player that is most likely out of options. I doubt the Padres make another trade. However, they may have to if Kevin Frandsen keeps stinking it up.

It would be nice if Elliot Johnson (Rays) was the PTBNL in the Bartlett trade.

iheartyourfart
4 years 5 months ago

i like eckstein too. he’s never put up the stats to be a statistically great guy, but he’s scrappy blah blah blah. the truth of the matter is that he’s still an excellent situational player. bat control, working the count, hitting behind runners, etc. could make for a good pinch hitter in a sick, twisted way. i don’t know how much value he could provide as a backup shortstop though.

4 years 5 months ago

khalil greene!

iheartyourfart
4 years 5 months ago

the all-important teenage girl demographic will flock back to the ballpark en masse

4 years 5 months ago

and i will have a padres jersey that isn’t outdated! friggin greene, peavy, and gonzalez… not a good jersey buying stretch for me.

Cards_Fan_93
4 years 5 months ago

Why not sign Julio Lugo to be a utility player he didnt do terrible last year with the O’s and hes stil lookin for a job

damnitsderek
4 years 5 months ago

Which Julio Lugo were you watching? Present-day Julio Lugo or 2004 Julio Lugo?

Heliosphan
4 years 5 months ago

The AL Central is a good place to look. Minnesota has Matt Tolbert, he’s versatile and he plays the game the right way. Detroit would probably give up Don Kelly. He’s versatile (can play all three OF spots, 3B, 2B and 1st), and contributes plus defense, though his OPS+ is pathetic. Lastings Millege would be had for cheap. Although he is not a utility player, he is athletic enough to learn.

cookmeister
4 years 5 months ago

Izturis, Callaspo, and Wood come to mind.

richmond20657
4 years 5 months ago

The O’s are loaded with them and probably would move Harris,Green or Andino for a PTBNL.

iheartyourfart
4 years 5 months ago

trade casey blake for some antipsychotics