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: Diamondbacks acquire Steven Souza from Rays; Yankees land Brandon Drury

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Update (6:35 PM ET): This is a three-team deal also involving the Diamondbacks, per Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic. The Diamondbacks will receive outfielder Steven Souza from the Rays and second baseman Brandon Drury will head to the Yankees. Lefty reliever Anthony Banda will go to the Rays, Piecoro adds. The Diamondbacks will also receive prospect Taylor Widener from the Yankees, per Joel Sherman of the New York Post. MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert adds that the Rays will get two players to be named later from the D-Backs.

Souza, 28, is earning $3.55 million in his first of three years of arbitration eligibility, so the Rays are presumably saving money in moving him. Last season, Souza hit a productive .239/.351/.459 with 30 home runs, 78 RBI, 78 runs scored, and 16 stolen bases in 617 plate appearances. Souza’s arrival almost certainly pushes Yasmany Tomas out of a starting gig.

Drury, 25, has played a handful of positions in his brief major league career. Last year, he played second base in Arizona, batting .267/.317/.447 with 13 home runs and 63 RBI in 480 PA.

Banda, 24, made his major league debut last season, posting an ugly 5.96 ERA with a 25/10 K/BB ratio in 25 2/3 innings. The peripherals suggest he pitched better than his ERA indicated.

Widener, 23, was selected by the Yankees in the 12th round of the 2016 draft. This past season with High-A Tampa, he pitched 119 1/3 innings and posted a 3.39 ERA with a 129/50 K/BB ratio. MLB Pipeline rated Widener as the 14th-best prospect in the Yankees’ system.

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Robert Murray of FanRag Sports reports that the Rays will acquire second base prospect Nick Solak from the Yankees. The Yankees’ return is presently not known.

Solak, 23, was selected by the Yankees in the second round of the 2016 draft. He spent last season between High-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton, hitting a combined .297/.384/.452 with 12 home runs, 53 RBI, 72 runs scored, and 14 stolen bases.

MLB Pipeline ranked Solak as the eighth-best prospect in the Yankees’ system and the fifth-best second base prospect in baseball, praising him for his ability to hit line drives as well as his speed.