The San Diego Padres strengthened their bullpen with a trade on Saturday.
Right-handed reliever Emilio Pagan is going to be acquired by the Padres in exchange for Manuel Margot and minor league prospect Logan Driscoll. Pagan saved 20 games last year for the Rays featuring a plus fastball and a tight slider.
A.J. Preller is undoubtedly active on the trade front in his quest to make San Diego better. The Padres may not have needed relief help, but the team has plenty of options moving forward with the unit.
The Padres arguably have one of the best bullpens in the league now with the addition of Pagan who could easily close ballgames if needed.
A.J. Preller is known to hoard talent in certain areas. Relief pitching appears to be that area currently.
— Josh Tolentino (@JCTSports) February 9, 2020
Pagan owns a career 3.26 ERA and a 0.982 WHIP in 182 innings pitched. The Mariners originally drafted the right-hander in 2013 as a 10th round pick. Last year, in Tampa, he went 4-2 with a 2.31 ERA and a 0.829 WHIP in 70 innings pitched. The power pitcher struck out 96 in that time while walking only 13 batters. He throws strikes and records outs. Pagan is also under team control for the next four seasons and cannot test free agency until after the 2023 season.
Sources confirm the Padres have landed Emilio Pagán from Tampa Bay for Manuel Margot and prospect Logan Driscoll, as @JCTSports said. Pagán, who posted a 2.31 ERA with 12.3 Ks/9 last season, makes a very good bullpen even better.
— AJ Cassavell (@AJCassavell) February 9, 2020
The Padres paid a hefty price tag in Manuel Margot. The 25-year-old is full of promise but has never been able to put it all together. In four years with the Padres, he recorded a .248/.301/.394 slash line. The speedy outfielder may have been a solid defender, but he was not able to consistently get on base and was unable to steal once he did. Margot finishes his Padres’ career with only 50 steals.
Logan Driscoll is a decent prospect. The catcher/outfielder has a plus arm and a tremendous left-handed bat. The former second-round pick in 2019 is 22 and advanced for his age.