Padres trade Wells for Baek

San Diego, CA – The San Diego Padres today acquired right-handed pitcher Cha Seung Baek from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for right-hander Jared Wells.

Cha Seung Baek, who turns 28 tomorrow, appeared in 10 games (one start) for the Mariners this season, going 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA (18 ER/30.0 IP) before he was designated for assignment on May 21. Born in Pusan, Korea and originally signed by Seattle as a non-drafted free agent on September 25, 1998, Baek is 10-9 with a 4.96 ERA (93 ER/168.2 IP) in 37 career Major League games (24 starts) over parts of four seasons with the Mariners (2004, 2006-08). He has compiled 107 strikeouts compared to 51 walks. Cha (chow) Seung (sung) Baek (beck) will join the Padres today and be active for tonight's game against the Washington Nationals.

Jared Wells, 26, was recalled from Triple-A Portland on Thursday (May 22) and made his Major League debut with the Padres on Saturday (May 24). In his two relief outings with San Diego, he allowed two runs over 3.0 innings (6.00 ERA). Wells went 1-1 with nine saves and a 5.85 ERA (13 ER/20.0 IP) and 14 strikeouts in 19 relief appearances with Portland this season. Selected by the Padres in the 31st round of the 2002 First-Year Player Draft, he has gone 35-46 with 18 saves and a 4.32 ERA (308 ER/642.0 IP) in 160 career minor league games (103 starts).

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