Padres acquire another catcher, track free-agent reliefs when a potential lockout approaches – The Athletic


The Padres have not yet participated in the blockbuster part of an offseason that could soon fall silent. On Tuesday, in anticipation of an impending lockdown, baseball operation president AJ Preller was busy with relatively small transactions.

In the most notable movement, the Padres acquired the Miami catcher Jorge Alfaro in exchange for a name or cash. Meanwhile, according to sources, they had serious conversations with free-agent auxiliaries Luís Garcia and Robert Suarez. And before the annual deadline for tendering contracts to arbitrating players, San Diego sent three bullpen arms – José Castillo, Matt Strahm, and Trey Wingenter – to the free agency and agreed to one-year contracts with three other players.

Of course, there’s more going on beneath the surface. At Preller there is always more. How that will manifest is, as always, unclear given the date on the calendar.

On Tuesday night, for example, it seemed possible that the Padres with four major league fishing options could go into a work stoppage. Alfaro joined Austin Nola, Victor Caratini, and Luis Campusano in a 40-man roster that could use a power bat, bullpen help, and rotational reinforcement.


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