Brewers shortstop Jean Segura appeared to be in for an extended absence when he landed on the disabled list May 14 with a fracture in the pinkie on his throwing hand, but manager Craig Counsell shared some very good news on that front before Tuesday night’s game against the Giants …
21-year-old shortstop prospect Luis Sardinas will presumably be sent back to the Triple-A level.
Segura, 25, was hitting .262/.306/.373 with two homers and six steals in 33 games before the injury.
Padres general manager A.J. Preller has been very active on the trade front this offseason, but he might not be done yet.
According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Padres have discussed the Brewers’ Luis Sardinas as an option for shortstop. Sardinas was just acquired from the Rangers two weeks ago along with right-handers Corey Knebel and Marcos Diplan in the Yovani Gallardo deal. It’s unclear whether the Brewers have any interest in flipping him this quickly and there haven’t been any recent trade talks, but they have a need in their bullpen at the moment and the Padres have some interesting arms to offer.
As of now, the Padres currently project to go with some combination of Alexi Amarista and Clint Barmes at shortstop in 2015. Known for his glove, the 25-year-old Sardinas made his major league debut last season and batted .261/.303/.313 over 125 plate appearances while making starts between shortstop, second base, and third base. Preller knows Sardinas well from his time in Texas.
The Rangers officially acquired right-hander Yovani Gallardo from the Brewers this afternoon in exchange for infielder Luis Sardinas and right-handers Corey Knebel and Marcos Diplan, but they looked into a more high-profile addition before deciding on the trade.
FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi reports that the Rangers and Phillies had “in-depth trade talks” about left-hander Cole Hamels. However, Ken Rosenthal writes that money was ultimately the sticking point for Texas. Hamels is owed $96 million over the next four seasons with a $20 million club option (or a $24 million vesting option) for 2019, which isn’t all that crazy when you consider what Max Scherzer is getting. But they apparently felt that it wasn’t worth it when they would also likely have to give up a handful of their best prospects.
While the Rangers are now out of the mix for Hamels, the Phillies have no shortage of potential suitors. The Red Sox, Padres, and Cardinals have been mentioned most prominently of late.
SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo reports that pitcher Yovani Gallardo has been informed he has been traded to the Rangers. News of the trade was initially reported Monday morning. Per Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, the Brewers will receive infield prospect Luis Sardinas, pitcher Corey Knebel, and pitcher Marcos Diplan. MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez adds that the Brewers are sending cash to the Rangers as well.
Sardinas, 21, made his major league debut last season, batting .261/.303/.313 over 125 plate appearances while racking up playing time at second base, third base, and shortstop. He was one of baseball’s top 100 prospects going into the last two seasons according to both MLB.com and Baseball Prospectus.
Knebel, 23, also made his major league debut last season, posting a 6.23 ERA over 8 2/3 innings for the Tigers. The right-hander joined the Rangers along with minor leaguer Jake Thompson in July in the Joakim Soria trade.
Diplan, 18, made his professional debut in the Dominican Summer League last year, posting a 1.54 ERA with a 57/36 K/BB ratio over 64 1/3 innings.
On Sunday evening, we learned that the Rangers were “close to acquiring starter Yovani Gallardo from the Brewers. Joel Sherman of the New York Post is now reporting that the two clubs have a deal in principle for the right-hander. The trade is currently in medical review.
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports speculated that infield prospect Luis Sardinas could be involved in the Gallardo deal, as the Rangers had offered him in several trades earlier in the off-season.
Gallardo, 29 in February, had his $13 million club option for 2015 exercised by the Brewers at the end of October. He can become a free agent after the season. Gallardo posted a 3.51 ERA and a 146/54 K/BB ratio in 192 1/3 innings last season, a nice bounce-back effort from a tough 2013 campaign. His strikeout rate, however, has fallen below 19 percent after ranging from 23 to nearly 26 percent between 2009-12.