The Padres made another trade on Thursday, sending popular outfielder Chris Denorfia to the Mariners in exchange for a pair of minor leaguers, RHP Stephen Kohlscheen and OF Abraham Almonte.
Kohlscheen, 25, has split the 2014 season between Double-A Jackson and Triple-A Tacoma, going 3-1 with a 2.70 ERA ), 55 strikeouts and 10 walks over 38 relief appearances. Drafted by the Mariners in the 45th round of the 2010 Draft, Kohlscheen does not have overpowering stuff but has found ways to get hitters out consistently. One negative is his tendency to elevate pitches (probably because he's 6'6") and allowing home runs.
Almonte is also 25 years old. He's hitting .267 (74-for-277) with 10 doubles, three triples, six home runs, 31 RBI and 42 runs scored in 72 games for Triple-A Tacoma. The switch-hitter has also played in 27 Major League games for Seattle this season.
A native of the Dominican Republic, Almonte was signed by the Yankees as a 17-year-old from the Dominican Republic. Early in his minor league career he struggled offensively, and eventually overcame alcohol addiction. After a trade to the Mariners, Almonte's bat showed vast improvement. He hit 15 home runs and earned a late-season call up to the big league club.
In Denorfia, the Padres are losing an above-average defensive outfielder who's extremely tough against left-handed pitching. He became a Padres fan favorite with his constant hustle.
That makes three trades for the Friars, and there are still 50 minutes left until the trade deadline. Is this the last move to be made?