Padres Trade Chris Denorfia

In the final hours of the trade deadline the San Diego Padres traded outfielder, and a favorite of our friends at Padres Public, Chris Denorfia to the Seattle Mariners for outfielder Abraham Almonte and minor-league pitcher Stephen Kohlscheen.

What the Padres Got:

As with the Huston Street and Chase Headley trades the most potentially interesting player may be the second, not the first player, that they got back.

Almonte, 24, was the Mariner’s #17 ranked prospect in BaseballAmerica’s Prospect Handbook. At five-foot-nine, 205 lbs. the powerfully built switch-hitting Dominican originally came over from the Yankees in a trade and has the ability to play all three outfield positions, but has seen time exclusively in center for Seattle and with their AAA affiliate the Tacoma Rainers.

He was sent down after his first month with the Mariners after hitting .198/.248/.292 in 112 plate appearances and was at .267/.333/.390 in Tacoma. He profiles best as a fourth outfielder and should have some roster competition for the 2015 squad from some of the players on the AAA El Paso team or from outside the organization.

Kohlscheen, 25, is a huge six-foot-six, 200 lbs., relief pitcher out of Auburn University who has the types of numbers as a relief pitcher that are appealing. He was averaging nearly a strikeout (22) per inning (24.2) with a 3.28 in the Pacific Coast League with a 3.28 ERA. He has less hits than innings pitched and has issued only six walks.

According to Baseball America, Kohlscheen is able to locate an 88-93 mph fastball well to go along with an average slider and below-average change-up.

What the Padres Gave Up:

Denorfia, 34, once a top prospect in the Red’s system, resurrected his career in San Diego but with the Padres in the midst of a rebuilding phase, a multi-million dollar contract and impending free agency he was the easiest player on the roster to see that would be moved.

This season he was only hitting .242/.293/.319 but historically has hit left-handed pitching well and can play all three outfield positions so he had value for a team in contention looking for help off of the bench.

Breakdown: Denorfia was going to either leave or not be offered a contract at the end of the year.’s Corey Brock tweeted out that the Padres have saved $6.5 million and combined with getting some good, but not great prospects, the three-headed GM monster didn’t do a bad job at the trade deadline.

Of the prospect haul from the three trades the richest was from the Angels with the potential to have an everyday middle infielder in either 2B Taylor Lindsey or SS Jose Rondon and two very good arms in reliever R.J. Alverez and starter Elliot Morris.

The reason the Angels was the richest was because Street was perceived to have the most value, was under control for this year and next and came with a reasonable contract ($7 million this season with a club option of $7 million for 2015).

Both Headley and Denorfia are strictly two month rentals so the organization was attempting to accomplish a “twofer”; save some money and try to get something back. As with the Angels trade, Seattle’s minor league teams, with the exception of their AA team in the Southern League, play in the same leagues as the Padres’ do. So the teams’ scouts and minor league personnel have seen the players that are being sent over, particularly Kohlscheen, for some time.

In other words, they should have a pretty good idea of what they are and are not getting back.

Finally, a truncated version of the trade deadline goes on until August 31, where players have to pass through a waiver claim to be moved. Trades that occur in August tend to involve relief pitchers so there is still a decent chance closer Joaquin Benoit could still be moved.

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