Padres acquire Pham from Rays
The San Diego Padres acquired outfielder Tommy Pham and infielder/right-handed pitcher Jake Cronenworth from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for Hunter Renfroe, shortstop prospect Xavier Edwards, and a player to be named later, the team announced Friday.
Pham, acquired by the Rays in a 2018 trade with the St. Louis Cardinals, played a vital role in the club's run to the postseason this year. The 31-year-old slashed 273/.369/.450 with 21 home runs and 68 RBIs in 145 games. He'll provide San Diego with significant and much-needed upgrades in terms of contact and on-base ability.
Cronenworth, 25, spent the majority of the 2019 season with Tampa Bay's Triple-A affiliate. He hit .334/.429/.520 with 10 home runs in 406 plate appearances, also getting 7.1 innings of work on the mound.
Renfroe should be a defensive improvement for Tampa Bay and will bring some additional power to the lineup. The 27-year-old hit 85 home runs over the last three seasons despite not topping 500 plate appearances once.
Edwards, 20, was the No. 5-ranked prospect in San Diego's stacked system, according to MLB Pipeline. The 38th overall pick in 2018 split his season between the Single-A and High-A levels, flashing solid contact and plate discipline to the tune of a .322/.375/.396 line and a 9.6% strikeout rate.
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