The San Diego Padres have acquired Phil Hughes and the number 74 overall pick in next months MLB Draft from the Minnesota Twins.
The pick also comes with cash, as the Twins will send $812,200 to the Padres, which will be added to the Padres draft pool.
In the trade, the Padres dealt minor league catcher Janigson Villalobos to the Twins, who had a .253/.408/.322 batting line in 233 plate appearances at the Rookie level from 2016-17, however he hasn’t played anywhere this season so far.
Hughes was designated for assignment earlier this week by Minnesota. The Twins will consume all of his 2018 salary and a little over half of the $13.2 million owed Hughes for the 2019 season, while the Padres will be picking up approximately $7.5 million of Hughes’ contract.
The Padres now have $10,462,200 to spend on the draft which is the 7th largest total.
On top of that, the Padres now have four draft picks within the first 85 selections. They will surely do their homework in continuing the rebuild of this franchise. The 74th pick replaces the pick that the Padres lost when they signed Eric Hosmer in the offseason.
A.J. Preller has this to say about the trade, as he spoke to Kevin Acee of the UT. “The pick was definitely very important for the deal. The draft is the lifeblood of an organization. You want to be able to add as many quality players as you can.”
Preller is unafraid to make trades and is also a genius when it comes to scouting and evaluating talent. Expect the team to really utilize these upcoming picks to further advance the #1 system in all of Major League Baseball.
The Padres have traded for righty reliever Phil Hughes, who was designated for assignment by the Twins. Sounds like Minnesota will eat the rest of his ’18 salary and a little over half his ’19 salary, which is $13.2 million. Padres also acquire the No. 74 Draft pick.
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Taking on Hughes is a gamble, but the Padres have had some success with reclamation projects.
Darren Balsley will be expected to turn Hughes around into a productive pitcher once again. He was 0-0 with a 6.75 ERA this season for the Twins, pitching mostly out of the bullpen. He has also come off of two different surgeries for thoracic outlet syndrome, which contribute to his poor start.