The Padres announced on Sunday that the club traded pitcher Clayton Richard and cash considerations to the Blue Jays in exchange for outfielder Connor Panas.
Richard, 35, was designated for assignment by the Padres 10 days ago. The lefty will earn $3 million in 2019 and then can become eligible for free agency. This past season, Richard struggled to a 5.33 ERA with 108 strikeouts and 60 walks over 158 2/3 innings.
Panas, 25, was selected by the Blue Jays in the ninth round of the 2015 draft. He spent the 2018 season with Double-A New Hampshire, batting .232/.296/.359 with nine home runs and 39 RBI in 407 plate appearances.
Outfielder B.J. Upton went by the name B.J., short for Bossman Junior, through the 2014 season. His father Manny was known as Bossman, hence Bossman Junior. Upton decided he wanted to be referred to by his birth name Melvin starting in 2015, saying that everyone except baseball fans knew him by that name. Now, he’s back to B.J., Scott Boeck of USA TODAY Sports reports.
For those keeping score at home, Upton is the artist formerly and currently known as B.J.
Upton, 34, hasn’t played in the majors since 2016. He signed a minor league deal with the Indians in December 2017 but was released in the middle of last March and wasn’t able to latch on with another team. It seems unlikely he finds his way back to the majors.