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Padres trade Aaron Cunningham to Indians for Cory Burns

Dec 16, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT


San Diego and Cleveland made a minor trade, with the Padres sending outfielder Aaron Cunningham to the Indians for minor-league pitcher Cory Burns.

Cunningham was once considered a pretty solid prospect, but he’s now been traded four times since mid-2007 and is a 25-year-old with a career .231 batting average and .664 OPS in 392 plate appearances as a big leaguer. He’s been much better in the minors and is capable of serving as a solid backup outfielder or platoon starter versus left-handed pitchers, but that’s probably about it.

Burns’ raw stuff is underwhelming, but the 2008 eighth-round pick has racked up impressive strikeout numbers in the minors and saved 35 games with a 2.11 ERA and 70/15 K/BB ratio in 60 innings at Double-A this year. He’ll likely begin 2012 at Triple-A, but the 24-year-old right-hander could claim a bullpen job in San Diego fairly soon.

  1. Matthew Pouliot - Dec 16, 2011 at 5:04 PM

    I gave Burns a nice projection for Cleveland. Wouldn’t surprise me if he’s the latest big relief find for the Padres.

    • troy10 - Dec 16, 2011 at 5:35 PM

      soo… are you some kind of Major League scout? What are your qualifications for your “projection”?

      • cur68 - Dec 16, 2011 at 6:46 PM

        psst, troy: He writes for these guys,

        Did very well last season projecting how teams and players would perform. If you wager on sports, Poulliot’s advice and predictions are kind of a must read.

      • Big Ed Robles - Dec 16, 2011 at 7:01 PM

        Beat me to it, cur. If that was sarcasm, it was a poor attempt…

  2. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 16, 2011 at 5:04 PM

    He looks kinda shady in that picture.

  3. rohlo - Dec 16, 2011 at 5:13 PM

    low risk high reward for pads!!! can never have enough pitching!

  4. Lukehart80 - Dec 16, 2011 at 5:17 PM

    Jose Lopez!

    Aaron Cunningham!

    What a day! If you squint real hard and can’t read too well, it almost looks the Indians signed Albert Pujols and traded for Roy Halladay.

  5. xpensivewinos - Dec 16, 2011 at 6:34 PM

    Lines around the ballpark to the ticket windows are out of control. Someone’s gonna killed in the stampede.

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