Padres send RHP James Norwood to Phillies for Kervin Pichardo

Padres James Norwood

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Padres James Norwood
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As part of the deal, the Padres are also acquiring cash considerations.

The Padres have acquired infielder Kervin Pichardo from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for bullpen arm James Norwood. San Diego will also receive cash considerations as part of the trade.

Pichardo, 20, was signed as an amateur free agent in June 2019. He spent the remainder of the year in the Dominican Summer League, hitting .214 in 39 games with four doubles, 14 RBIs, five stolen bases, and an impressive 17-to-20 walk-to-strikeout ratio.

Last year, the Bronx, New York native played across three levels of the Phillies’ minor-league outfits. In a combined 35-game sample, Pichardo posted a .247/.476/.466 slash line with six doubles, two triples, two home runs, and 16 RBIs while nearly splitting his walks and strikeouts.

He’s primarily played on the left side of the diamond, logging a combined 61 games between third base and shortstop. In his minor league career, Pichardo also has three games at first base and nine games at second base.

Per Matt Gelb of The Athletic, Norwood has been added to the Phillies’ 40-man roster and is likely to make the Opening Day roster due to a rash of injuries in the bullpen. He’ll have an opportunity to carve out a role for himself.

The 28-year-old was originally selected by Chicago Cubs in the seventh round of the 2014 MLB draft. He pitched in part of three big league seasons in Chicago before being traded to San Diego in April 2021.

With the Padres, Norwood made five appearances out of the bullpen last season, posting a spotless 0.00 ERA in 5.0 innings of work while striking out three batters.

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