The Padres inked veteran right-handed reliever Adam Warren to a one-year, $2 million contract, the team announced Friday. The deal comes with a $2.5 million club option (and $500,000 buyout) for the 2020 season.
Warren, 31, split his last major-league campaign between the Yankees and Mariners, pitching to a combined 3.14 ERA, 3.5 BB/9, 9.1 SO/9, and 0.3 fWAR across 51 2/3 innings of relief in 2018. He’ll be added to a long list of right-handed relief options in the Padres’ camp, including Craig Stammen, Phil Maton, Robert Stock, Luis Perdomo, Trey Wingenter, and Gerardo Reyes.
In a corresponding move, the club shifted lefty reliever José Castillo to the 60-day injured list after he was diagnosed with a left flexor strain. Castillo was initially shut down with left forearm tightness earlier in the week, but it appears the 23-year-old southpaw has now taken a turn for the worse. Per Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune, he’s expected to remain out of commission during a lengthy rehab process, through which the Padres hope he’ll be able to dodge Tommy John surgery.