The San Diego Padres continued to transform on the roster on Friday, including accomplishing one of their reported goals before the day's roster deadline ended.
San Diego Padres make a trade and open up roster space
One of the big boxes checked by A.J, Preller ahead of Friday's non-roster deadline was finding a new home for relief pitcher Scott Barlow, sending him to the Cleveland Guardians. One of San Diego's trade deadline acquisitions last season, the 30-year-old right-hander is projected to make $7.1 million this season in his final year of arbitration.
Not only did the move save the Padres money, but also brought them reliever Enyel De Los Santos, a 27-year-old right-hander who is under team control through the 2026 campaign and projected to make $1.2 million in 2024. Last season, De Los Santos posted a 3.29 ERA/3.48 FIP/1.142 WHIP in 65.2 innings over 70 games, striking out 62 and walking 25 during that span.
According to MLBTradeRumors.com, "De Los Santos worked in mostly low-leverage situations but had pitched his way into the middle innings during his second season in Terry Francona’s bullpen."
So, with the trade, San Diego saved money and acquired a reliever with additional years of team control, earning solid grades for the Padres in terms of trade value in the deal.
Additionally, the Padres non-tendered four players on Friday, including catcher Austin Nola.
None of the four names on the list were a complete surprise, including Nola, who posted a .234/.314/.320 slash line in 819 plate appearances since coming over to San Diego in a swap with the Seattle Mariners.
The move opens up the path for Luis Campusano to play a major role for the Padres behind the plate in 2024 (if there is no reunion with Gary Sanchez this offseason). The 25-year-old continued to improve down the stretch last season, slashing .359/.388/.500 in 64 September at-bats.
San Diego currently has 31 players on their 40-man roster, signaling more moves and additions are certainly coming.