By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The San Diego Padres acquires right-handed pitcher Emilio Pagán early Sunday morning. In exchange, the Tampa Bay Rays acquired outfielder Manuel Margot and catching/outfield prospect Logan Driscoll.
Pagán will now embark on his fourth team in his four-year career. He was projected to be the Rays closer before this trade.
Now, he is projected to be the setup man behind closer Kirby Yates with the Padres. During his lone season with the Rays, the 28-year-old was one of the most dependable relief pitchers in baseball in 2019.
The Simpsonville, South Carolina native went 4-2 with a 2.31 ERA in 66 games, including 20 saves and 29 games finished. He allowed 19 runs (18 earned runs), including 12 home runs on 45 hits over 70 innings.
Also, he had an elite 96:13 strikeout-to-walk ratio in the 70 innings. He also had one of the best ground ball rates in baseball.
Pagán also played for the Oakland Athletics and Seattle Mariners in his career. He was with the Mariners in 2017 and the Athletics in 2018.
Margot spent his entire career with the Padres before this trade. He is entering his fifth season in 2020.
He had a .234 batting average with 12 home runs and 37 RBIs in 151 games. He also had 19 doubles and three triples on 93 hits, while scoring 59 runs.
Margot brings with him a $2.75 million contract for the 2020 season. He will have two arbitration seasons in 2021 and 2022 before becoming a free agent.
No contract terms were given for Pagán. However, he will now be under the Padres control — at least until his next roster transaction — through the 2023 season. After that season, he’ll become a free agent.