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.

Giants nearing deal with Cameron Maybin

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The Giants are finalizing a minor league deal for free agent outfielder Cameron Maybin, according to Andrew Baggarly and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. The team has not confirmed the signing, but it’s in keeping with their stated goal of adding more veteran presence and outfield options to their roster in advance of the 2019 season.

Maybin, 31, appeared in back-to-back gigs with the Marlins and Mariners in 2018. He slashed an underwhelming .249/.326/.336 with four home runs, 10 stolen bases (in 15 chances), a .662 OPS, and 0.5 fWAR through 384 plate appearances for the two clubs, a clear improvement over his totals in 2017 but still shy of the career numbers he posted with the Padres all the way back in 2011. It’s not only his offense that has tanked, but his speed and defense in center field, all of which he’ll try to improve as he jockeys for a roster spot in camp this month.

The Giants’ outfield has been largely depleted of any kind of consistent talent lately, especially taking into account the recent departures of Hunter Pence, Gregor Blanco, and Gorkys Hernández. Even with the acquisition of, say, All-Star right fielder Bryce Harper, there’s nothing standing in the way of Maybin and fellow veteran signee Gerardo Parra grabbing hold of full- or part-time roles this year, though they’ll need to outperform candidates like Chris Shaw, Steven Duggar, Drew Ferguson, Mac Williamson, Austin Slater, Craig Gentry, Mike Gerber, and others first.

In a previous report on Friday, Baggarly revealed that a “handshake understanding” had been established with several veteran players already this offseason, all but guaranteeing them regular starting opportunities over the course of the season. How those agreements will be affected by spring training performances remains to be seen, but at least for now, the Giants appear prepared to give their newest players a long leash as they try to get back on top in the NL West.