Adding more pitching depth was Padres general manager Josh Byrnes’ No. 1 priority this off-season. And on Wednesday, Byrnes continued to add more pitching to the roster when he claimed Fautino De Los Santos off waivers from the Milwaukee Brewers, Padres.com reports.
De Los Santos only pitched in six Major League games last season with the Oakland Athletics, compiling a 3.00 earned run average before being dealt to the Milwaukee Brewers on July 28 for ex-Padres’ farm hand George Kottaras.
As a member of the Brewers, De Los Santos failed to make it back on the Big League roster, but managed to post a 2-3 record with a 5.80 ERA in 49 2/3 innings at the Triple-A level in the A’s and Brewers organizations.
To add the 26-year-old pitcher on the 40-man roster, the Padres designated Jeudy Valdez for assignment.
Valdez, 25, hit a measly .225 with 12 home runs and 46 RBIs last season with Double-A San Antonio.
Valdez was on the 40-man roster because he was protected in the Rule 5 Draft.