June 20: The Angels have officially announced the transactions, with Padlo being selected and Suarez transferred to the 60-day IL as the corresponding move.
June 19: The Angels are selecting the contract of corner infielder Kevin Padlo, reports Robert Murray of FanSided (Twitter link). He’ll add some depth to a team that has lost each of Zach Neto, Gio Urshela and Anthony Rendon to the injured list over the past few days.
Padlo, 26, returns to the big leagues for a third consecutive season. He has only appeared in 23 MLB contests, which has somewhat remarkably been split between four teams. A frequent depth target for clubs via waiver claims or DFA trades, Padlo has played for the Rays, Mariners, Giants and Pirates.
The former fifth-round draftee hasn’t found success in those scattered stints. He’s a .109/.163/.152 hitter over 49 trips to the plate. Padlo has a strong minor league track record, though, including a .250/.340/.477 slash in more than 1000 career plate appearances in Triple-A. Since signing a minor league deal with the Halos last offseason, Padlo has put together a .273/.396/.555 slash in 32 games for their highest affiliate in Salt Lake. He connected on seven home runs, walked at an excellent 16.4% clip and has kept his strikeouts to a tolerable 23.1% rate.
Padlo has played mostly third base in his career. Prospect evaluators have generally not been enamored with his glove at the hot corner, suggesting he’s more of a fringe defender there. He’ll add some depth at the corners for skipper Phil Nevin, joining Brandon Drury, Jared Walsh, Luis Rengifo and Michael Stefanic in what has become a mix-and-match infield out of necessity.
The Angels have an opening on the active roster after placing Rendon on the 10-day IL this afternoon. They’ll need to clear a spot on the 40-man roster before tomorrow’s series opener against the Dodgers; left-hander José Suarez stands out as a speculative candidate for a move to the 60-day injured list, since he has already missed almost six weeks and seems without a clear timetable for a return. Padlo is out of minor league options, so now that he’s rejoining an MLB roster, the Angels will have to keep him in the majors or risk losing him to another club.