Padres News: Straily Released & Claimed by Reds, Guthrie Signed, Wallace Returns

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Some latest news and notes about the San Diego Padres courtesy of EVT

Dan Straily was acquired via trade from the Houston Astros four days ago for minor league catcher Erik Kratz. The right handed pitcher was not going to make the 25 man roster out of the Spring and the Padres tried to sneak him through the waivers process. Straily was claimed by the rebuilding Cincinnati Reds and will be on their squad for opening day. Nice try by the Padres to add organizational depth.

The Padres lose Straily but in all reality the team didn’t need Kratz so it was well worth the chance to try to get Straily through waivers. The Padres also did Kratz a favor by trading him to a team where he might have a chance to make the major league roster. The Reds get a veteran in the bullpen in Straily, and in all reality this is a better place for Dan Straily. If he wants a chance to start, he will be given every opportunity to do so with the Reds in 2016.

Former Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie was signed by the Padres to a minor league deal. The right handed starting pitcher had been with the Texas Rangers this Spring but failed to win a spot on the teams rotation. He will provide some great depth in El Paso and there is a strong chance he will be in a Padres uniform at one point this season.

Ken Rosenthal broke news of Guthrie signing only moments after being a guest on our podcast. Padres fans will get an opportunity to see Guthrie today as he is scheduled to throw after Drew Pomeranz who will start the game versus the White Sox. The 36-year-old Guthrie has a career record of 91-108 with a 4.37 ERA. 

First baseman Brett Wallace returned on Friday night after missing than two weeks. Wallace hadn’t played in a Cactus League game since March 13th. He has been battling a sore foot and its a positive sign he got in some game action.

Wallace is still a strong D.L. candidate at the moment though. If the team were able to put him on the D.L. that would make keeping Adam Rosales and Jose Pirela on the roster possible. Both have been tearing it up this Spring and are very close in the roster battle for seemingly the last spot on the 25 man team to start 2016. Manager Andy Green will have a tough decision deciding between these two.

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