Tony Gwynn Jr. likely to miss rest of season with broken hand

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Tony Gwynn Jr. has started 70 of 119 games in center field for the Padres, but they’ll likely be without him for the rest of the season thanks to a broken hamate bone in his right wrist.
Gwynn has been one of the worst hitters in the league, batting just .212/.313/.299 in 327 plate appearances, but he’s drawn a bunch of walks, swiped 17 bases at an 81-percent clip, and plays excellent defense in center field.
Chris Denorfia figures to be the Padres’ primary center fielder down the stretch, although Scott Hairston and perhaps Will Venable or Luis Durango could also see some action there.
San Diego signed Jody Gerut to a minor-league contract this afternoon, which is interesting because a) he has quite a bit of experience in center field, and b) he’s the guy the Padres traded to the Brewers to get Gwynn Jr. in May of last year.

Rays trade Jake Odorizzi to Twins

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The Rays have traded right-hander Jake Odorizzi to the Twins, per team announcements on Saturday evening. The Twins will receive minor league shortstop Jermaine Palacios in the deal. Despite previous speculation, recently-DFA’d outfielder Corey Dickerson was not included in the trade.

With Odorizzi, the Twins finally have the front-end starter they’ve been seeking all winter. It’s a bargain deal as well, as the 27-year-old righty is under contract through 2019 and didn’t require the club to part with any of their top-shelf prospects in the trade. Odorizzi will be looking to stage a comeback in 2018 after a dismal performance with the Rays last year, during which he eked out a career-worst 4.14 ERA, 3.8 BB/9 and 8.0 SO/9 through 143 1/3 innings.

Palacios, 21, ranked no. 27 in the Twins’ system last season. He split his year between Single-A Cedar Rapids and High-A Fort Myers, raking a combined .296/.333/.454 with 13 home runs and 20 stolen bases in 539 plate appearances. He’s expected to continue developing at shortstop, though he’s also seen limited time at second and third base during his four-year career in the minors.