The Padres made a number of relatively minor moves today, one of which was the outrighting of infielder Brett Wallace, who in turn has elected free agency.
Wallace came to the Padres in December of 2014 on a minor league contract with an invitation to Spring Training. He spent about half the 2015 season in Triple-A El Paso before the Padres called him up that June and he batted .302/.374/.521 in 107 plate appearances for the big league club.
The Padres brought him back on a $1 million contract for 2016. He was mostly used off the bench, with some starts at third base when Yangervis Solarte went down with a hamstring injury. Overall he put up some disappointing numbers, ending the season with a .189/.309/.318 slash line in 256 plate appearances.
Despite being a former first round pick and top prospect, Wallace hasn’t been able to put up solid, consistent performances on the Major League stage. Hopefully he’ll find more success with his next team (except for when they play the Padres).