Padres designate former first-round pick Aaron Poreda for assignment

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Left-hander Aaron Poreda, who was considered the top property to go from the White Sox to San Diego in the Jake Peavy deal two years ago, was designated for assignment by the Padres on Monday to make room for Anthony Bass on the 40-man roster.

Poreda, the 25th overall selection in the 2007 draft, was one of four pitchers the White Sox sent to the Padres for Peavy on July 31, 2009, joining Clayton Richard, Adam Russell and Dexter Carter.

He pitched out of the pen for both the White Sox and Padres that season and had a 2.70 ERA in 13 1/3 innings. However, because of his poor control, he hasn’t been back since. In 2010, he walked 65 in 54 innings beween Double- and Triple-A.

This year, Poreda has a 7.31 ERA and a 34/33 K/BB ratio in 32 innings for Triple-A Tucson.

Poreda will remain in the Padres organization if he clears waivers, but since he’s a lefty with a live arm, the odds are good that some team will take a chance on him.  He still might turn into a quality reliever if he throws starts throwing strikes.

Report: Mariners sign Juan Nicasio to a two-year deal

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Mariners have signed pitcher Juan Nicasio to a two-year contract, pending a physical.

Nicasio, 31, spent last season with the Pirates, Phillies, and Cardinals, putting up an aggregate 2.61 ERA with a 72/20 K/BB ratio in 72 1/3 innings. He appeared in 76 games, leading the National League.

Nicasio will help bolster the Mariners’ bullpen behind closer Edwin Diaz. It’s not known exactly what role he’ll have but it seems reasonable to assume he’ll handle mostly the seventh inning while Nick Vincent will set up for Diaz. Nicasio does have plenty of starting experience so he could also spot start in a pinch.