Padres Sign Daniel McCutchen To Minor League Deal
By Jason Evans
Remember what I said last week about the Scott Elbert signing? How new front offices like to bring in their own guys for depth. Well, this time it was A.J. Preller’s turn to add a guy from the Rangers. According to Dennis Lin of UT-San Diego, the Padres inked reliever Daniel McCutchen to a minor league deal.
He pitched in exactly one game for the Rangers last season, giving up three runs and four hits in 2.1 innings. McCutchen was 2-7 last year in AAA for the Rangers and the White Sox organizations.
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McCutchen was a 13th round pick of the Yankees in 2006 and was a part of the package that was sent to the Pirates for Damaso Marte and ex-Padre Xavier Nady in 2008.
McCutchen had his best season in 2011 for the Pirates, going 5-3 with a 3.72 ERA, though his FIP was 4.30.
Mccutchen is an organizational depth move. I see him being a part of the AAA bullpen and if he does well, could earn himself a trip to the majors, however, the Padres have more options they could turn to for that.