Padres Add Hughes and Draft Pick From Twins

Minnesota Twins pitcher Phil Hughes delivers to the Chicago White Sox during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Minneapolis, Sunday, June 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

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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.

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.

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Roddy Reta
Roddy Reta
4 years ago

Worth pointing out that the Twins’ GM is Thad Levine, who worked closely with Preller in the Texas Rangers organization. Probably made it easier for the two to reach a deal.

The 2018 draft is supposed to be very deep, so it will be exciting to see what Preller can acquire with the extra picks/pool money.

4 years ago

Thanks for the speedy delivery on this article. Really appreciate what you guys do. As an expat living in Russia, you guys are a life saver!

4 years ago

James, thanks for the article. If I were your editor, however, the use of the word genius, is subjective.

Tommy T
Tommy T
4 years ago
Reply to  Mark

Normally the use of “genius” is subjective, yet here it is objectively inaccurate. “Preller is unafraid to make trades and is also a genius when it comes to scouting and evaluating talent” The first part of that sentence is relatively correct, but, more accurately, he is unafraid to make bad trades. He may even be good at evaluating talent, to some degree, but, objectively speaking, he continues to make horrific trades and signings. He paid $13 million for a bust/AAA pitcher who should not be on the roster (and very likely will not in a month or two … or… Read more »

Tommy T
Tommy T
4 years ago
Reply to  James Clark

Au contraire, if I may say so, it is quite the opposite. I love your website, and you have a lot of great stuff on here, but it (often you, and many contributors) lack objectivity. Furthermore, when that is pointed out, or a glaring error (not subjective) on the part of Preller, there is often minimizing, rationalizing, etc. If he were to trade the top 20 prospects for Max Stassi he would be called a genius, a rock star, etc. If he signed ANOTHER first baseman to a $100+ million contract he would be lauded. If he traded a couple… Read more »

4 years ago
Reply to  James Clark

Keep up the great work James (and all you other contributors). Writing about the big league club is tough right now, but you guys keep churning out great articles. Thank you.

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