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Padres designate former first-round pick Aaron Poreda for assignment

Jun 13, 2011, 3:12 PM EDT

Aaron Poreda

Left-hander Aaron Poreda, who was considered the top property to go from the White Sox to San Diego in the Jake Peavy deal two years ago, was designated for assignment by the Padres on Monday to make room for Anthony Bass on the 40-man roster.

Poreda, the 25th overall selection in the 2007 draft, was one of four pitchers the White Sox sent to the Padres for Peavy on July 31, 2009, joining Clayton Richard, Adam Russell and Dexter Carter.

He pitched out of the pen for both the White Sox and Padres that season and had a 2.70 ERA in 13 1/3 innings. However, because of his poor control, he hasn’t been back since. In 2010, he walked 65 in 54 innings beween Double- and Triple-A.

This year, Poreda has a 7.31 ERA and a 34/33 K/BB ratio in 32 innings for Triple-A Tucson.

Poreda will remain in the Padres organization if he clears waivers, but since he’s a lefty with a live arm, the odds are good that some team will take a chance on him.  He still might turn into a quality reliever if he throws starts throwing strikes.

  1. purdueman - Jun 13, 2011 at 3:20 PM

    Of the four prospects that the White Sox sent to the Padres in the Peavy deal, only Clayton Richard remains and he can’t get anybody out unless he’s pitching in cavernous Petco Park. On the road Richard’s ERA right now is 5.97! (pee-ewww!).

    Dexter Carter once released by the Padres was quickly re-signed by the White Sox, and I expect the White Sox to make a strong play to also bring Poreda back as well. I believe that this roster move though now leaves the Padres 40 man roster without any Jewish representation too!

    • kinggeorge96 - Jun 13, 2011 at 3:43 PM

      Oy Vey!

  2. icanspeel - Jun 13, 2011 at 3:42 PM

    It’s hard to say who really won with that trade.. only good thing is the Padres don’t have to pay the salary of Peavy and besides this year Richard has been decent.

    • purdueman - Jun 13, 2011 at 4:00 PM

      Richard’s has totally SUCKED on the road this year. He now has an ERA on the road of 5.97! (pee-ewww). Any pitcher looks much better stat wise than they really are when they get to pitch half their games in cavernous Petco Park (not to mention the three automatic outs they also get out of the pitchers spot because of the lack of a DH in the antiquated NL).

      Peavy’s tendencies to now frequently break down are certainly a concern, but if he can ever get and stay healthy, I’ll take him (despite his high salary), over two Clayton Richard’s any day!

      • Alex K - Jun 13, 2011 at 4:04 PM

        The problem is staying healthy. He can’t do it. So Richard > Peavy right now.

      • jamie54 - Jun 13, 2011 at 4:58 PM

        Go ahead and take him then. Peavy’s best days are over and since YOU aren’t paying the salary why not take him? Richard is much better at this point. Padres got out of a terrible salary and Richard has outperformed Peavy. Case CLOSED. Don’t like it, sorry, those are the facts.

  3. purdueman - Jun 13, 2011 at 4:22 PM

    The reason that the White Sox were willing to part with Richard and Danial Hudson (traded to Phoenix), is because neither one could crack the White Sox six man starting rotation and neither projected to be any better than a 4th or 5th starter in the American League.

    That’s not to say that he’s not a good fit for the Padres, however, but it is to say that on the road Clayton this season (now that he’s been once through the league), rarely stays in the game long enough to give his team a chance to win.

  4. purdueman - Jun 13, 2011 at 5:25 PM

    Come back and let’s see at the end of Peavy’s current contract if you can still make the same empty boast. Richard’s after all, nothing worth bragging about.

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