The Padres have finished making changes on their 40 man roster and one of their latest moves sends outfielder Reymond Fuentes to the Kansas City Royals in exchange for left-handed pitcher Kyle Bartsch.
Fuentes spent 2014 in San Antonio and El Paso batting .294 with 5 HRs and 25 stolen bases in 88 games overall. He made his major league debut with the Padres in 2013 and batted .152 in 36 PA to go along with 16 strikeouts. The Padres acquired Fuentes, along with Anthony Rizzo, Eric Patterson, and Casey Kelly, in the trade that sent Adrian Gonzalez to the Boston Red Sox in December 2010. The Padres would have had to protect Fuentes if this trade had not been made.
In exchange for Fuentes, the Padres add Bartsch who spent 2014 in Wilmington with the Royals Single A affiliate. The 23 year old finished the season at 5-5 with a 2.22 ERA to go along with 7 saves in 41 relief appearances. Bartsch was drafted by the Royals in 2013 in the 7th round of the ML draft out of the University of South Alabama.
Quick scouting report on Padres newcomer Kyle Bartsch: low-to-mid-90s fastball w/nice life, curve, slider, change. Could be a decent LOOGY.— Dennis Lin (@dennistlin) November 21, 2014
The Padres 40 man roster was finalized with the addition of RHP Tayron Guerrero, INF Taylor Lindsey and OF Alex Dickerson. Blaine Boyer and Yeison Asencio were designated for assignment. The developments surprised Padres reporter Corey Brock in regards to who the Padres did not protect going into the midnight deadline.
#Padres add RHP Tayron Guerrero, OF Alex Dickerson and INF Taylor Lindsey to 40-man roster. Surprised RHP Justin Hancock was not protected.— Corey Brock (@FollowThePadres) November 21, 2014
Nonetheless, the 40 man roster is finalized thus ending this step in an offseason in which the Padres seemed primed to make "a big splash".