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: Major League Baseball bans transactions with Mexican League teams

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Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that Major League Baseball has banned all transactions with Liga Mexicana de Beisbol (LMB), popularly known as the Mexican League. As of now, all 30 teams are prohibited from signing players under contract with LMB teams. The ban was issued due to Major League Baseball’s contention that “corruption” and “fraud” run rampant in the player acquisition process.

Passan describes the issues in detail, and they sound pretty compelling. The upshot: LMB clubs — which have full control over their players — are taking advantage of them, taking most if not all of the signing bonuses MLB teams give them after negotiating for their rights. Mexican teams often sign players when they’re 15 years-old so that, once they are old enough for American teams to approach them, they’re in the position to take a usurious cut.

Passan says Major League Baseball is demanding greater transparency from LMB before it’s willing to lift the ban. He also says that the MLBPA is in “lockstep” with Major League Baseball on the matter, which makes sense given that, if MLB’s claims are accurate, players are being exploited here. He also says that if LMB does not change its ways, there is a “Plan B,” though it’s not clear what that is.

There aren’t a ton of Mexican players signed by MLB teams each year, but there are enough to make this a significant issue that is worth watching.