Padres trade Neal for Hyzdu

With a potential logjam in the bullpen, the San Diego Padres sent Blaine Neal to the Boston Red Sox for Adam Hyzdu.

Blaine Neal was under a numbers crunch in the San Diego bullpen. With Randy WIlliams, Steve Sparks, Joe Dawley and Brian Falkenborg vying for one bullpen spot, Neal became expendable.

Acquired in a trade with Florida last season for Ben Howard, Neal made 40 appearances in the pen for San Diego. He was, however, out of minor league options and would have had to clear waivers to be eligible to be sent down to the minors - an unlikely scenario.

Adam Hyzdu, 33, has split time between the minors and Majors over the past four seasons. He made his Major League debut in 2000 and posted career bests in 2002 with 11 homers while batting .232. In 2004, Hyzdu saw action in ten games, going 3-for-10 with a homer for Boston.

Hyzdu was an International League All-Star with the Pawtucket PawSox last year, batting .301 with a league-leading .413 on-base percentage and a .568 slugging percentage that ranked fourth in the league. He hit 29 homers and 33 doubles while racking up 79 RBIs and 92 runs scored in 129 games.

The outfielder has minor league options left and will likely be ticketed for Triple-A to begin the year with the bench all but set in San Diego.

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