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Rangers acquire Cory Burns from Padres for PTBNL

Nov 28, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

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Designated for assignment by the Padres last week, right-hander Cory Burns has been traded to the Rangers for a player to be named later.

Burns made his big-league debut this year with a 5.50 ERA in 17 appearances out of San Diego’s bullpen, but the 24-year-old has a very impressive minor-league track record that includes a 2.36 ERA and 266 strikeouts in 213 innings.

Burns works in the high-80s with his fastball, but as Carson Cistulli of Fan Graphs analyzed in September his changeup is incredibly good and he throws it as often as any pitcher in baseball. I’d like to see the Rangers give Burns an extended opportunity, if only because it’d be interesting to find out if such a changeup-driven approach could work like it did in the minors.

  1. sdelmonte - Nov 28, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    Boo-urns!

  2. gpatrick15 - Nov 28, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    Has the PTBNL ever been a decent, marginally impactful player? Can we get a list of the most relevant PTBNLs’?

    • anybodyinhere - Nov 28, 2012 at 3:52 PM

      I seem to remember a couple years ago the PTBNL turned out to be the guy originally dealt — he was basically traded for himself. Does anyone remember if that happened, and if so, who it was?

      • uwsptke - Nov 28, 2012 at 4:02 PM

        Harry Chiti:

        On April 25, 1962—before he even played a game for the Indians—Chiti was acquired by the expansion New York Mets for a player to be named later. However, he was sent back to the Indians on June 15, 1962 after 15 games and a .195 batting average. Since Chiti was the “player to be named later,” he thus became the first player ever traded for himself. The only player to be traded for himself since is John McDonald. Chiti never played another major league game, spending two more years at AAA before retiring in 1964.

  3. anybodyinhere - Nov 29, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Thanks uwsptke!

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