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Orioles acquire Nick Hundley from Padres for Troy Patton

May 24, 2014, 12:41 PM EDT

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With Matt Wieters a lingering question mark due to an elbow injury, the Orioles have acquired catcher Nick Hundley and cash considerations from the Padres in exchange for left-hander Troy Patton.

Hundley was hitting .271 (16-for-59) with one home run and three RBI in 33 games with the Padres this season while serving as Yasmani Grandal‘s backup. The 30-year-old owns a .238/.296/.389 batting line in the majors and figures to get the bulk of the playing time over Steve Clevenger in Baltimore. He’s being paid $4 million this season and his contract includes a $5 million club option for next year.

Patton, 28, sat out the first 25 games this season while serving a suspension for Adderall use. He has a 3.28 ERA over 161 2/3 innings in the majors and will presumably function as a left-handed specialist with his new club.

  1. jrocknstuff - May 24, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    I think this deal says we shouldn’t expect Wieters back for a while. I’m guessing surgery is still an option.

  2. scoutsaysweitersisabust - May 24, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    They just announced the other day that there is no timetable for Matt. So your guess is as good as mine here. Feels like it’s going to be awhile.

  3. lanzurrah - May 24, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    About time. Hundley has been pretty useless sitting behind Grandal and Rivera. The guy can’t throw out a runner to save his life anymore.

    • gloccamorra - May 24, 2014 at 7:52 PM

      Not that he’s had many chances. 21 of his 33 games were as a pinch hitter. Runners steal on the pitcher anyway. The last two years before this, the Padres pitching was awful, with 10 different starters last year and 17 the year before, and nearly as many TJ surgeries. The last thing they were thinking of was holding the runners close to give the catcher a chance.

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