According to Twitter, the San Diego Padres are trading Chris Paddack to the Minnesota Twins. As part of the trade, the Twins will receive closer Taylor Rogers and reliever Brent Rooker from the Padres, who will receive Emilio Pagan from San Diego.
A Cedar Park High School graduate from Texas, Paddack was selected by Miami in the eighth round of the 2015 NFL Draft. A year later, the Padres acquired him in exchange for Fernando Rodney from the Marlins.
He had a 0.31 earned run average (ERA) in 28.2 innings for the Padres in 2016 before being moved to the Marlins, and then had a 5.89 ERA in 36.2 innings after being traded.
He appeared in just three games for the Padres before suffering a ruptured UCL, requiring Tommy John surgery and ruling him out until at least the 2018 season.
It was his breakout year of 2018, though, when he went on to pitch in 17 starts between high-A and AA and post a 2.10 ERA in 90 innings. As a result, he made most off-season top 100 lists.
With the Padres in 2019, Paddack started out strong at first base, with a 1.55 ERA in his first seven starts in the majors of his professional career. After that, he struggled mightily, going 4.05. In his remaining 19 starts, his ERA was 4.58, and his FIP was 5.03.
He pitched worse than expected for most of the season, posting a 4.95 ERA in 34 starts and one relief outing, totaling 167.1 innings.
Paddack has long been linked to a trade, especially after the Padres acquired Sean Manaea. However, with only three years left on his contract and a lackluster season in the last two years, his stock had fallen.
The Padres acquire a lefty reliever with closing experience in Taylor Rogers, who was terrific from 2017-19, but saw his ERA rise in 2020 and only worked in 40 games in 2021, despite being nominated to the All-Star squad.
This is a rental for San Diego, as Rogers will be a free agency in 2022.
Is Chris Paddack Married?
Chris Paddack is not married.