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Padres looking to trade catcher Nick Hundley

Apr 23, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

Nick Hundley AP

Nick Hundley started two-thirds of the Padres’ games behind the plate last season, his sixth year in San Diego, but now the 30-year-old catcher finds himself playing sparingly behind starter Yasmani Grandal and Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union Tribune reports that “the Padres are in active discussions with teams regarding Hundley.”

Hundley is making $4 million in his final season before free agency, so the likely return in a trade won’t be much, but aside from a disastrous 2012 campaign he’s been more or less a league-average hitter and has thrown out 28 percent of stolen base attempts.

He’d be an upgrade for most teams in the backup role and an upgrade for quite a few teams in a starter or quasi-starter capacity, bringing to the table 15-homer power from the right side of the plate.

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  1. icanspeel - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    Hundley has a 5M team option for 2015, does that carry over if traded? If so, can technically be a 2 year deal for them if they want him at 5M for 2015.

  2. sd619tripleog - Apr 23, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    Padres making some intelligent moves lately. Just a couple more quality pieces and they might be relevant.

    • gloccamorra - Apr 23, 2014 at 4:25 PM

      They have the fourth highest rated pitching staff (2.70 ERA) with the highest rated bullpen (1.80 ERA) in the majors. Any team with pitching is relevant.

      • sd619tripleog - Apr 23, 2014 at 4:53 PM

        True and they usually always have a decent staff. I don’t have the stats but I’d be curious to see what their stats are away from Petco Park. Their main problem is hitting, is there really anyone in the line up that is actually intimidating? Not since Adrian Gonzalez had that monster year and they won 90+ games

  3. jerze2387 - Apr 23, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    Orioles could use hundley. Could give wieters some more Dh time, and their current backup i believe is steve clevenger.

  4. timmmah10 - Apr 23, 2014 at 12:15 PM

    Tigers could use Hundley…. he could, at the worst, platoon with Avila.

  5. bendover09 - Apr 23, 2014 at 1:16 PM

    Rangers ! Good lord , do we need help at the catching position

    • rohlo - Apr 23, 2014 at 2:45 PM

      screw the rangers!!! the team has peaked!! that train has come and gone!! thank god,bunch of band wagon fans.5 years ago u couldnt find a ragers fan and most of the rangers fanss in texas were the same ones rooting for the stros in the 2005 world series!!!!!

      • bendover09 - Apr 23, 2014 at 2:54 PM

        So are you calling me a bandwagon fan? Considering I went to the games and rooted for the Rangers in the early 90s. I can understand people not showing up for games when your team is below .500

        Honestly, most of the bandwagon fans left when Nolan was shown the door.

        The train has come and gone? Do you really think a top 10 farm league who will jump back to the top 5 within couple years since its filled with 16-18 year olds take a dramatic fall? Nope. Bc the rannhers still have a team competeting for the WS.

        I assume, you’re still in grade school so I’d take your comment only with a grain of salt

  6. gloccamorra - Apr 23, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    Orioles, Tigers, Rangers, Yankees, Dodgers… there are plenty of places for a relatively inexpensive catcher with a 2015 option to fit in. The Padres GM now has to find the best deal.

  7. chargrz - Apr 23, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    Byrnes will probably trade him for a six pack of soda and chips.

    • talentsmart - May 6, 2014 at 5:01 PM

      Agreed. Or he’ll package Hundley and Andrew Cashner together to trade for a catcher with Hundley’s exact stats. Guy has no clue how to piece together a team. Oh how I miss Kevin Towers.

  8. notsofast10 - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:05 PM

    Also clears more room for Austin Hedges!

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