The San Diego Padres announced today they have acquired right-handed pitcher Enyel De Los Santos from the Cleveland Guardians in exchange for right-hander Scott Barlow.
Barlow was supposed to be one of the Padres top two relievers in 2024 but he was scheduled to make a little over $7 million, according to Spotrac, so he didn’t fit into the Padres plans since they’re trying to decrease payroll to around $200 million.
De Los Santos, 27, is entering his first year of arbitration so this move should save the Padres around $6 million.
Here’s some more information on De Los Santos from the Padres:
Later in the day, the Padres also announced that Tim Hill, Austin Nola, Taylor Kohlwey and Jose Espada are now free agents after being non-tendered by the club.
All of those players are replaceable so these moves were to clear up roster spots and lower the payroll a little further.