As the San Diego Padres continue to add the smaller pieces to help compliment some of the bigger deals they've made and will likely make, the team has entered into discussions with free-agent outfielder Trayvon Robinson. Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish says a source has confirmed the Padres are among many teams interested and talking to Robinson. Cotillo did not mention the other teams showing interest.
Robinson is an interesting player. He was drafted in the 10th round by the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was never a highly-touted prospect, but he made it through Los Angeles' minor league system relatively quickly before being traded to the Seattle Mariners in 2011. Robinson made his Major League debut with the Mariners in 2011. He hit .210/.250/.336 that season. Robinson found himself splitting time between the minors and the Majors in 2012. With the Mariners, he hit .221/.294/.324 in 46 games. In November of 2012, Seattle shipped Robinson off to the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for Robert Andino.
With the Orioles, Robinson never cracked the Major League club. He spent the 2013 season with both the Double-A affiliate and the Triple-A affiliate for the Orioles. In 107 minor league games last year, Robinson hit .247/.329/.394. The Orioles were clearly unimpressed. They granted Robinson free agency this offseason.
As far as San Diego is concerned, Robinson is interesting for one reason: Potential. San Diego has been building a club on the foundation of potential. They just need a few of the potential-filled players to break out for the team to have an impressive season. Robinson fits the mold that we've seen with guys like Cameron Maybin, Yonder Alonso, Yasmani Grandal and more. It should not take much to get Robinson, but he may be specifically looking for a Major League deal. If there are other teams showing interest, such a deal may be possible, but it's still unlikely.
Robinson seems destined for a minor league contract with an invite to the Major League camp at spring training. He's just 26 years old, so there's time for him to figure things out at the plate. What Robinson has that may be of specific interest to the Padres is speed. His defense still needs work, but Robinson has shown an ability to steal bases in the past. That could be attractive to a team that certainly doesn't have a problem swiping a bag.