Padres Assistant GM A.J. Hinch is interviewed by Darren Smith about 7 player trade

A.J. Hinch interview with Darren Smith (MP3)

  • Hinch leaves for Spring Training for 45 days on February 11th.
  • The 7 player trade with the Rays was in the works for the last few months.  The two teams had significant dialogue.
  • The team wanted to fix some weak spots on the team. Once the Padres traded Joe Thatcher in the Ian Kennedy trade last year the team didn't have a reliable left handed reliever.  The Padres had been watching Alex Torres hoping he could fill that spot.
  • Brad Boxberger dominated AAA but wasn't the same strike thrower at the Major League level.
  • Jesse Hahn was going to be a first round pick until his Tommy John surgery.  He'll be ready for AA.  He has really high end stuff.  He throws really hard and has a really good breaking ball.
  • The teams have to balance the here and now with what's possible in the future.  They feel good about Torres being part of the bullpen and the upside of Hahn.
  • Hinch doesn't want to concede anything.  He wants the Padres to compete for the post-season.  The Padres have a good team, but they need guys to stay healthy and perform.
  • Yasmani Grandal was in San Diego getting a check up.  "He's not full steam right now, but he's rehabbing well."  They are going to use the 45 days of Spring Training to ramp up work.  There's a real chance that Grandal could be with the team on Opening Day, but there's lots of physical tests he has to pass along the way.
  • Carlos Quentin has been working out at Petco Park.  He's been great and his spirits are high.  It's important that leaves Spring Training healthy.

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