The San Diego Padres and Tampa Bay Rays agreed to a trade late on Thursday night.
The San Diego Padres acquired outfielder Tommy Pham late in the evening as they search to bolster their roster.
A.J. Preller is hell-bent on improving this Padres’ team, and this is just the latest of several moves made by the young G.M.
The Padres give up a terrific young prospect in Edwards, but the farm system is full of depth at the second base position.
Hunter Renfroe had a terrific start to the 2019 season but slowed drastically in the second half prompting this deal by the Padres.
The #Rays are in serious discussions with the #Padres on a trade that would send outfielder Tommy Pham and a prospect to San Diego for outfielder Hunter Renfroe and Class A shortstop Xavier Edwards, sources tell The Athletic.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 6, 2019
The 31-year-old right-handed hitter is under team control for the next two seasons. Pham is precisely what the Padres need right now. He is a high on-base player who traditionally plays plus defense. He has recorded a career .373 on-base in a little over 1,800 at-bats.
Pham recorded a .273/.369/.450 batting line last year in 145 games for the Rays. He amassed a 3.7 WAR on his way to a .818 OPS season.
The deal sending Tommy Pham from the Tampa Bay Rays to the San Diego Padres is done, sources tell ESPN. Outfielder Hunter Renfroe and middle-infield prospect Xavier Edwards head back to the Rays. Padres will get another minor leaguer.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 6, 2019
Edwards was ranked the fifth-best prospect in the Padres system by MLB Pipeline. The 20-year-old consistently got on base at the Single-A and High-A levels, batting to a collective .322/.375/.396 batting line with 34 stolen bases. He is an on-base machine but carries little pop in his bat, hitting just one home run in over 500 plate appearances.
Cronenworth is listed as the 17th ranked prospect in the Rays system. The 25-year-old infielder came into his own last year at Triple-A Durham with .334/.429/.520 batting line and ten home runs. Most intriguing is that he was also employed as an opener with the Bulls and threw his fastball in the mid-’90s with a good curveball. If the Padres’ desire, Cronenworth can make an impact on the roster as a rare two-way player.