The San Diego Padres have made a few roster moves on Friday afternoon.
Per an official announcement by the San Diego Padres, the team has made a number of moves to bring their roster total down to 40 names.
LHP Clayton Richard, outfielder Franchy Cordero, and RHP Dinelson Lamet were all removed from the disabled list and added to the 40-man roster, while reliever Kazuhisa Makita has been designated for assignment. Outfielder Alex Dickerson was also reinstated from the disabled list, however, Dickerson has elected for free agency.
None of these moves are very surprising. Dickerson has not appeared in a major league game since 2016 when he hit 10 home runs in 84 games for the Padres. A bulging disk and Tommy John surgery forced Dickerson to miss the past two seasons. While he is expected to be ready for spring training, it would have been near impossible for Dickerson to make the Padres active roster in 2019. Dickerson is now free to sign with any team.
Removing Makita from the 40-man roster was another expected move, as the Padres cleared space to bring injured players back on the roster. While the Makita experiment was fun to watch in spring training, it failed miserably in the regular season.
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Appearing in 27 games, Makita finished his rookie season with an 0-1 record and a 5.40 earned run average and 1.26 WHIP. He struck out 37 hitters and walked 12 across 35 innings. A true submariner, hitters quickly caught up to his 80 mph fastball and 59 mph curveball. Makita was sent down to AAA El Paso numerous times in 2018, unable to find success with the Padres in each appearance.
Teams are now free to claim Makita off waivers and it will be very interesting to see if another team takes a chance on the 33-year-old reliever (turns 34 next week).
Now that the Padres have reinstated their injured players to the 40-man roster, the franchise will look to clear room for the Rule-5 eligible prospects they want to protect, heading into the December draft process. We have already discussed who we believe doesn’t make the cut which you can read below.
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