Padres nab Taylor Rogers, trade Chris Paddack in deal with Twins
As MLB teams look to play ball on Opening Day, the San Diego Padres are still looking to make trades. They linked up with the Minnesota Twins to bolster their bullpen.
According to Jeff Passan of ESPN, San Diego will receive Taylor Rodgers and Brent Rooker while sending Chris Paddack and Emilio Pagan to Minnesota. Money and a player to be named later could be involved in the deal, too.
The Minnesota-San Diego trade, per sources:
Twins get right-handed starter Chris Paddack and right-handed reliever Emilio Pagan
Padres get left-handed reliever Taylor Rogers and outfielder Brent Rooker.
Money and a PTBNL possibly involved, too.
Opening Day deal! Love it.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) April 7, 2022
The Padres, after trading for Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Sean Manaea, are now adding a relief pitcher whose contract expires after this season. Rogers, a 31-year-old left-hander, was a 2021 All-Star and recorded an ERA of 3.35 and a career-best 13.2 strikeouts per nine innings across 40.1 innings last season. San Diego was in need of a lefty in their bullpen.
Rooker played just 58 games last season He got hit by a pitch as many times as he hit a home run, accomplishing each feat nine times while posting a .688 OPS. The Padres need outfield help, so the 27-year-old could be a useful piece.
The Twins looking into Paddack was previously reported and now it is a done deal. The was included in talks that would have sent him to the New York Mets along with Eric Hosmer. Now, he heads to a Minnesota team that is looking to add to its starting pitching rotation. The 26-year-old, right-handed Paddack posted an ERA of 5.07 and a FIP of 3.78 last season.
Minnesota has been interested in Paddack for a while, per Dan Hayes of The Athletic, and now add him and a reliever to the roster. Pagan, a 30-year-old right-hander, posted a 4.83 ERA in 63.1 innings last season.
#MNTwins have wanted Chris Paddack forever. They get him w/ 3 years of team control.
RHP Emilio Pagán comes w/ 2 years of team control and a high career K-rate.
Taylor Rogers is headed for free agency, nearly dealt him to SD in July.
Brent Rooker was on fence to make 28-man.
— DanHayesMLB (@DanHayesMLB) April 7, 2022
Both the Padres and Twins are looking to make playoff pushes this season. San Diego faces the Arizona Diamondbacks tonight while Minnesota opens its season tomorrow by hosting the Seattle Mariners.