Padres roster set at 40 men; Nix & Yardley DFA’d

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Four men were removed from the San Diego Padres 40-man roster on Monday.

We knew the San Diego Padres would have to make some painful cuts, and they did so this past week.

Travis Jankowski was traded to the Reds, and a few pitchers were designated for assignment by the team in late October to get down to 40-man on their roster. As the weekend came, the Padres still had four more moves to make, and they did just that on Monday.

Jacob Nix and Eric Yardley were DFA’d by the club. Carl Edwards Jr. cleared waivers but elected for free agency, and Seth Mejias-Brean was sent to Triple-A after clearing the process.

The San Diego Padres roster is now at the proper total after the World Series.

Nix was arguably the surprising move made by the team as he is still only 23 years old. This offseason, while pitching for the Peoria Javelinas, Nix was involved in an incident where he became intoxicated and mistakenly entered a house through a dog door. This incredibly unfortunate event had to come into play as the Padres decided how to trim their roster to the proper total. Nix also suffered an elbow injury early in the 2019 season but looked to be at full health late in the year.

The Padres DFA of Eric Yardley comes as no surprise as the 29-year-old is a journeyman pitcher. The right-handed sidearm pitcher will likely receive some offers from Major League teams this winter. He recorded a 2.31 ERA in 10 games, and 11.2 innings pitched for the Padres this season.

Carl Edwards Jr. was acquired at the July trade deadline from the Chicago Cubs for Brad Wieck. The Padres got little value from Edwards, while Wieck has stepped up his game in Chicago, now featuring a curveball out of the pen for the Cubbies.

Seth Mejias-Brean will remain with the franchise with hopes of winning a job in the spring. He proved his value on the field and swung a productive bat for the Padres in 2019. He could factor at some point for the team in the coming year.

3 thoughts on “Padres roster set at 40 men; Nix & Yardley DFA’d

  1. Nix seemed like a decent guy who made a big mistake. Hopefully, he will land on his feet with another organization.

    The Cubs have done a good job with rehabilitating Padres pitchers — Wick, Weick, and Colin Rea have all done pretty well with their organization. It makes you wonder if we’re really getting the best from our coaching staff.

  2. Hard for me to understand keeping Espinoza, has not pitched since 2016. Having seen him throw in 16, I was not that impressed.

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