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.
MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.
Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.
Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.
The entire camp was placed in quarantine.
“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”
Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.
The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.
“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”