Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE
According to Jerry Crasnick, recently designated for assignment reliever Cory Burns has been traded to the Texas Rangers.
You may recall that Burns came to San Diego from Cleveland last December in exchange for-- oh, okay, it's official now. Like officially official.
Anyway, like I was starting to say, we got him for Aaron Cunningham aka Sneaky Pig aka Chocolate Milk nearly a year ago. Burns never got any cool nicknames but he did get into 18 innings spread over 17 games with the big league Padres. He wasn't as successful in San Diego as he was with Tucson; his major league WHIP of 2.000 being exactly twice his AAA mark.
The Rangers are getting a pitcher who led the minor leagues in saves in 2011 with 35 and had 42 the year before. 2012 was not only his first season above AA but also his first as a setup man. Despite repeating his 2011 rate of 10.6 K/9 and putting up a respectable 3.14 ERA in the notoriously hitter friendly Pacific Coast League, he was considered expendable. Spots on the 40 man roster are a valuable thing, after all.
So, best of luck to Cory Burns in his future with the Texas organization and beyond. You know, as long as it's not at our expense.