Rumors of a San Diego Padres infielder being on the trading block isn’t exactly something that would have shocked anyone. The idea that the person close to being traded was Logan Forsythe however could have been something that a few of us did not expect. The deal is done now though as the Padres have sent Forsythe, Brad Boxberger and three minor leaguers to the Tampa Bay Rays for Alex Torres and Jesse Hahn.
Two players traded for five; you’d have to assume the Rays got the better of this deal just because of man-power right? Not so fast. Clearly the Rays got what they wanted out of the trade or they wouldn’t have completed it. They get a good utility man in Forsythe who can do a great deal of things for the team. Relief pitchers are always valuable in at least one or two ways.
At the same time however the Padres didn’t really give up a great deal of guaranteed great players in this deal and they received two pitchers from the Rays who look extremely promising. Hahn is a right hander who has good minor league numbers with a low ERA a fairly steady habit. Torres however could be the jewel of this entire trade for the Padres.
Who would want a left-handed reliever that pitched right at 60 innings last year with a minuscule ERA and a WHIP of 0.8? If you said everyone then you’d be about right. Lefties out of the bullpen are always valuable but the Padres have one in Torres that could prove to be a big force for their ‘pen in a great way.
In the end the Padres traded players they didn’t quite need or didn’t have need of at all and received a couple of guys who could fill roles in a masterful way. That is a good deal no matter which way you slice it in my opinion. Any thoughts on this for the Padres would be much appreciated below in the comments section.