Padres’ Patton, Nelson Clear Waivers, Former GM Fired

  • Recently outrighted relief pitcher Troy Patton, who was acquired earlier this season from the Baltimore Orioles for catcher Nick Hundley, cleared waivers and has agreed to report to Triple-A El Paso. Patton had a combined stat line of a 5,14 ERA in 14 total innings this season between Baltimore and San Diego. Once he arrived to the Padres, his performance improved, posting and ERA of 2.45, with 8 Ks in just over 7 frames of work.
  • According to Jeff Sanders of the U-T San Diego, infielder Chris Nelson, who was designated for assignment earlier in the week as well, has also cleared waivers. In 81 plate appearances for the Padres this season, Nelson had a triple-slash line of .233/.296/.274, while playing second and third base. He can choose to join Patton in El Paso, or elect to become an unrestricted free agent. Nelson can choose to do so as well at season’s end. He has previously spent time at the big league level with the Rockies, Yankees, and Angels, along with this season’s stop in San Diego with the Padres.

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  • As has been previously reported on several news outlets, former Padres’ GM Kevin Towers was finally relieved of his duties in the same role from the Arizona Diamondbacks by head of baseball operations Tony LaRussa yesterday. It has been rumored for a couple of months now, that if and when Towers was let go in the desert, he would return to the Padres in a senior advisory role to new General Manager A.J. Preller.