Padres News: Former Dodgers OF joins SD, pitcher released, Yu Darvish history

The Padres landed another minor-league signing over the weekend.
Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder David Peralta
Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder David Peralta / Norm Hall/GettyImages

The San Diego Padres have been making additions to the roster left and right over the past few weeks. AJ Preller got the ball rolling just before the season began with the addition of Dylan Cease and has only increased the number of transactions since.

There was, of course, the blockbuster trade with the Miami Marlins for Luis Arráez, but the Padres also made a shrewd signing with the addition of former Silver Slugger Award winner Donovan Solano. However, Preller is not one to sit on his hands. The Padres President of Baseball Operations made another slick pickup with the addition of former Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder David Peralta.

Padres News: San Diego signs former Dodgers OF David Peralta

Most Friars fans may remember Peralta more for his time in Arizona with the Diamondbacks. But the left fielder agreed to terms with the Dodgers last offseason after parting ways with D-backs following the 2022 season.

Peralta was a free agent this past winter, but obviously received little interest on the open market. After nine-year stint in the desert that saw him secure a Silver Slugger Award and a Gold Glove along the way, Peralta played 133 games for the Dodgers in 2023 while hitting .259/.294/.381. Peralta had 25 doubles and seven round-trippers in LA last season.

Peralta signed his minor-league deal this weekend and was assigned to Triple-A El Paso. After getting some reps down in the minors, it's quite likely that Peralta will follow Solano's path back to the big leagues and find himself on the Padres' active roster within the next couple of weeks.

Padres News: RHP Matt Festa released

Speaking of El Paso, Matt Festa was released this past week after opening the 2024 season as part of the Chihuahuas' roster. Festa was 0-1 this season at Triple-A El Paso and posted a 4.15 ERA in 17 appearances out of the bullpen.

Festa has 89 career major league games under his belt with a 4.32 ERA. Festa last taste of the majors came with Seattle Mariners last season when he nine innings of work and posted a 4.00 ERA.

Padres News: Yu Darvish makes history

Yu Darvish spun a gem on Sunday Night Baseball against the Atlanta Braves. His latest outing has thrust Darvish into the NL Cy Young conversation, and his 25 consecutive scoreless innings are the most ever by a Japanese born pitcher.

His win over the Braves was also the 200th of Darvish's career as a professional pitcher. The right-hander gave up just two hits while striking out nine batters. Darvish has 107 career wins in the majors, plus 93 while playing overseas for Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB).

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