The trade with the Yankees that brings Shawn Kelley to the Padres for Johnny Barbato is fresh. As many have noted in their reviews of the trade it's a bit of a role reversal, the Padres dealing a prospect for major league ready talent is usually reserved for teams that are in a win-now mode. The weird thing is that's the Padres.
I like this trade, Barbato has an arm injury that may need to surgery and Kelley looks like he'll excel in Petco Park. The Padres teams of the last decade and a half have been known for their strong bullpen and Kelley gives them another set up arm who could be ready to close soon. What's not to like?
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Pads' pickup of Kelley a contender's move - SweetSpot Blog - ESPN
I really like this move for the Padres, more than just any random reliever pickup.
Padres Trade Relievers With Yankees | Padres Public
AJ Preller has again dealt from a deep farm system he inherited from previous regimes, surrendering a mid-level prospect with some upside to bolster the 2015 roster. It’s an interesting small-scale move that fits with the win-now mode the Padres suddenly find themselves in.
Shawn Kelley (Future Closer?) to Padres | FanGraphs Baseball
Slightly above average velocity for a reliever, decent control, good command when he’s executing right, a deadly slider he can manipulate to avoid platoon issues, and a shrug for his home runs? Pair that with a top-15 strikeout rate, and it sounds like a late-inning reliever and possible closer. Even for one year of control, that’s worth a future reliever that may require Tommy John surgery soon.
Shawn Kelley Padres - Friars on Base
Kelley is another part to the puzzle. It’s a good move and Kelley may play an important part for the Padres in 2015.
Padres acquire Shawn Kelley; Keyvius Sampson DFA'd | UTSanDiego.com
A move to Petco Park, as well as the National League, should provide a soft landing for Kelley, who figures to vie for middle-inning relief innings