Padres acquire Pham from Rays for Renfroe

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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.

The reports indicate that the Rays will receive Hunter Renfroe and Xavier Edwards in the deal. Middle infield prospect Jake Cronenworth will be the prospect coming to San Diego.

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 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.

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.

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TSquared
TSquared
2 years ago

Bill, I have to agree with you about Hunter Renfroe. I picked him to have a record year in 2019 and he was well on his way to it until injuries and a total “club” breakdown in the second half of the season. I have always maintained that something was not right in the clubhouse, maybe our former manager or something else behind the scenes that we are no privy. I watched how Meyers seemed to be disenfranchised in the dugout, what gives? I like Tommy Pham a lot, but the fact that he is 32 with only 2 years… Read more »

Tony C
Tony C
2 years ago

I’m seeing another lineup of “if this, this, and this happens we can…” Preller is the one we should be designating for assignment! 7-11 is hiring, AJ! Now we have 3-4 people to possibly play second base and 12M invested in it. And… more hope than help! Other than watching some of our young pitchers develop, I don’t see much for this year. Preller will put a team on the field that will have our young pitchers pitching from behind and believing they can’t allow a run. I see us averaging less than 3 runs a game. Another losing season… Read more »

Padre Rob
Padre Rob
2 years ago

A Renfroe for Pham straight up would have been acceptable.
But, including Edwards for a prospect with Utility player written all over him?
Another MAJOR overpay by the Padres.
Whatever happened to waves of talent crashing into San Diego from our minor leagues?
This seems a lot like 2015 2.0.
Sure hope we don’t see another Meyers or Kemp type trade during the Winter Meetings.
We are still paying for those bone head moves.

Tommy T
Tommy T
2 years ago
Reply to  Padre Rob

“This seems a lot like 2015 2.0.” Yes, I thought the same thing: An urgency to win now, which other teams know about, which gives them the leverage, combined with Preller’s tendency to make bad deals and overpay, and willingness to forfeit the future for a splash now. Those who focus mainly/solely on winning now won’t complain much, and even celebrate, but these moves will make a 70 win team a 75 win team, or perhaps 80…or even 85 if all goes perfectly. But Preller has forfeited much of their capital to finish in 3rd place rather than 5th. Why?… Read more »

Padre Rob
Padre Rob
2 years ago
Reply to  Tommy T

Totally agree with you Tommy T. Plus, just a hunch, the 1st half we saw from Renfroe will likely be the guy the Rays are getting. If you think about it, if Renfroe wasn’t injured, would this trade even be considered if the man had finished with a .325 OBP last year to go with that power?? My guess………….NOOOOOO WAY!!!!!! His injuries sapped power and he had to compensate, unsuccessfully. So, this trade will, more than likely, sting for a long time. You keep the young affordable guys that can produce. I like Pham, really good player. Just think we… Read more »

Tommy T
Tommy T
2 years ago
Reply to  Padre Rob

You’re right, I was thinking about the value of Renfroe at the all-star break last year, and if they traded him at that point then they could have a had so much more, yet Preller trades him at his lowest point. WAR-wise Pham and Hunter were not that far apart last year, and HR has more youth and twice as many years of control. The Rays are selling Pham after his second highest WAR, and when players start to decline. The players you list are real, and really sad, and in a few years I think we will have a… Read more »

Chris in RSM
Chris in RSM
2 years ago
Reply to  Padre Rob

@Padre Rob I think you need to calm down a little bit. There is no question that we need to shake up our outfield and Hunter Renfroe was part of a failed lineup that could only score when hitting home runs. He was a great HR hitter, but the guy barley drove in runs outside of that. The Padres need to move some of their prospects to make this team better for 2020. If they don’t then that makes the Machado and Hosmer signings pointless. I hope they make more trades to improve their team, but I hope it’s for… Read more »

Tommy T
Tommy T
2 years ago
Reply to  Chris in RSM

Shake up the outfield? Yes, agreed. But at what price, both on offense and defense, and, as you said, ideally it would be for players with more years of control. But the complaint is not giving up prospects, but the value of the prospects given up, in context of the return. Also, what would make the signing of Hosmer not pointless? I can’t see any way he makes that contract worth it. (unless there is some steroid-like surge, which I would not think a guy like that would ever be involved in, nor suggesting anyone should, just an illustration).

Padre Rob
Padre Rob
2 years ago
Reply to  Chris in RSM

Regarding your comment “I think you need to calm down a little bit. There is no question that we need to shake up our outfield and Hunter Renfroe was part of a failed lineup that could only score when hitting home runs. ” I agree, we were home run dependent. Was there to watch many a game and witness it…..yet again. But lets look at the architect of that line up (quick guess….Preller). The primary issue we had was lack of lineup balance, poor OBP, and a ton of strike outs. <—By the way did you see the MO of… Read more »

ButchJeffries
ButchJeffries
2 years ago

This is the best of the the three trades that have been made so far. Pham a definite upgrade over Renfroe and Edwards is good but the prospect they got is closer to MLB ready and coming off a solid year. And they aren’t having to throw in an extra player or cash.

Tommy T
Tommy T
2 years ago
Reply to  ButchJeffries

“And they aren’t having to throw in an extra player or cash.” Ha, or so you would think, but not when it comes to Preller trades. Per MLB trade rumors, and MLB.com: “It appears the Rays will also land another prospect in the deal, per Juan Toribio of MLB.com.” Are you kidding me?! Again! Why?! 3 for 3. Pham is an upgrade IF he has the same year as last year, but he is at stage where players decline (he’ll play at 32 and 33 for the Padres). Also, he has a degenerative eye disease, which was part of the… Read more »

Ryan
Ryan
2 years ago
Reply to  ButchJeffries

Cronenworth will be DFA’d in a few years. Edwards will never be DFA’d.

Billy Bobaloo
Billy Bobaloo
2 years ago

I didn’t like it at first because of Edwards and Pham’s age. But, IF Cronenworth is the high OBP SS playing plus plus defense at 2B I am hoping he is as AAA player of the year, then he’s a cheap advanced version to some degree. And, according to reports, Pham is a needed edge in the clubhouse for an organization that traditionally suffers fools. IF Pham can give us two carbon copy seasons like his ’19 I think it works. Roster currently looks like this? CF Tommy Pham. R 2B Jake Cronenworth. L SS Fernando Tatis Jr. R 3B… Read more »

Ryan
Ryan
2 years ago
Reply to  Billy Bobaloo

Cronenworth is a utility player, best case scenario. Did you know that the Rays left him unprotected from the Rule 5 draft last year?

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