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Ryan Schimpf traded to Rays

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Preller is just warming up

San Diego Padres v Arizona Diamondbacks Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images

In his second deal of the day, Padres general manager sent the embodiment of all-or-nothing, Ryan Schimpf to Tampa Bay for minor league infielder Deion Tansel, whose numbers in rookie ball and low-A appear rather unremarkable. Schimpf was clearly not in San Diego’s plans for 2018 after spending the second half of last season in El Paso, and would be a first logical first choice to DFA for roster room, so getting any sort of warm body for him was a bonus.

Schimpf spent about a calendar year with the Padres, from June, 2016 through June, 2017, sandwiched by stays in AAA. In that time he hit .195/ .317/ .492 in 527 plate appearances over 142 games. He struck out 175 times, while collecting a nice amount of walks, but most impressively he hit 34 home runs... and 28 singles.

The Rays organization will be the Schimpf’s third; he spent seven years in the Blue Jays’ system before signing with the Padres as a minor league free agent.