Brewers Trade for Padres Rymer Liriano


There was likely a little voice in the ear of Brewers General Manager David Stearns over the last couple of days. New Brewers bench coach Pat Murphy knew that the Brewers should make a play for Rymer Liriano when the Padres released him earlier this week. Thursday the Brewers traded minor league reliever Trevor Seidenberger.

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Liriano of course was called up to the Padres at the end of 2014 but failed to really impress after a good minor league career to that point. As the Padres acquired a whole new outfield – Liriano was the odd man out. He played all season last year at AAA and had a very good season, but apparently it was not good enough to stick around with the Padres.

He hit .292 with a .383 on-base percentage with 14 home runs and 18 steals. When the Padres signed SS Alexei Ramirez, Liriano was designated for assignment by the club.

Trevor Seidenberger was a 12th round pick by the Brewers in 2013. Last year he pitched in A and AA for the Brewers system. It is better than nothing but hard to think the Padres couldn’t have gotten more for Liriano if they hadn’t forced their own by the DFA move.

Padres General Manager A.J. Preller has shown some disdain for previous draft picks that he inherited from various regimes. Liriano was originally drafted by Kevin Towers and Preller has traded away previous #1 pick Trea Turner and other prospects who have already made it to the major leagues like Joe Ross and Matt Wisler.

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As it stands, the Padres lost Justin Upton in left field this off-season but did acquire Jon Jay in the Jedd Gyorko trade. Whether or not Melvin Upton Jr.can hold down the center field with a rebound season is a big question mark. Rymer Liriano will no longer be a viable option to bring up from AAA in case they need some additional depth.