Padres waive Barrett, claim Denker

San Diego, CA – The San Diego Padres today announced that catcher Michael Barrett has elected free agency after clearing outright waivers. Additionally, the club has claimed second baseman Travis Denker off waivers from the San Francisco Giants.

Michael Barrett hit .202 (19-for-94) with three doubles, two home runs, nine RBI and nine runs scored in 30 games for the Padres in 2008. The 31-year-old catcher missed a combined 115 games over two stints on the disabled list. He was on the DL with a sprained ligament in his right elbow from April 8 to May 24 and was also on the DL from July 4 through the end of the season with a fractured nose. Over parts of 11 Major League seasons with the Montreal Expos (1998-2003), Chicago Cubs (2004-07) and Padres (2007-08), Barrett has hit .264 (922-for-3,494) with 220 doubles, 21 triples, 97 home runs, 422 RBI and 395 runs scored in 1,047 games.

Travis Denker made his Major League debut with the Giants on May 21. The 23-year-old second baseman hit .243 (9-for-37) with four doubles, one triple, one home run, three RBI and six runs scored in 24 games for San Francisco. Denker spent the majority of the year in San Francisco's minor league system, appearing in 92 games between Single-A San Jose, Double-A Connecticut and Triple-A Fresno. He hit .255 (80-for-314) with 24 doubles, one triple, eight home runs, 48 RBI and 49 runs scored.

Originally signed by the Dodgers as a 21st-round selection in the 2003 First-Year Player Draft, Denker was acquired by the Giants as the player to be named later in a trade that sent Mark Sweeney to Los Angeles in 2007. Over parts of six minor league seasons in the Dodgers (2003-07) and Giants (2007-08) organizations, he has hit .276 (556-for-2,017) with 124 doubles, eight triples, 73 home runs, 318 RBI and 334 runs scored in 575 games.

With today's moves, the Padres 40-man roster is now at 33.

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