Aug 2, 2011; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres center fielder Blake Tekotte (23) during an at bat against the Los Angeles Dodgers at PETCO Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

Padres Trade Blake Tekotte To The White Sox


The Padres traded outfielder Blake Tekotte to the Chicago White Sox today, in exchange for pitcher Brandon Kloess. Tekotte was designated earlier in the week by the club, in a move that freed up space on the 40-man roster.

Tekotte, 25, was the Padres 3rd round pick in 2008, out of the University of Miami. He has hit just .163 in 55 career at-bats at the Major League level, but has a career triple-slash line of .269/.355/.445 and hit 19 HR’s just a year ago in AA. Most scouts pegged Tekotte as a solid fourth outfielder.

Kloess, 27, was an undrafted free agent out of Florida Atlantic. He went 6-3, with a 2.69 ERA in 37 games(73.2 innings) with AA Birmingham and AAA Charlotte. He also started 14 games in the minors last year.

I could not find a scouting report on Kloess, but on the surface, he seems like a solid reliever who might be a bit of a late-bloomer. He should give the Padres some depth at AAA in 2013.

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