The Milwaukee Brewers have acquired outfielder Rymer Liriano from the San Diego Padres in exchange for left-handed pitcher Trevor Seidenberger, the team announced. A few minutes before the trade was completed, Jon Morosi of FOX Sports claimed that the two parties were close in a deal.
It was surprising that Liriano was designated for assignment last week to make room for the Padres new shortstop Alexei Ramirez, so it was not a shock that a team had interest in the 24-year-old. He was taken off the 40-man roster because the outfielder did not have a minor league option left, which means that he would have had to make the big league roster out of spring training. Making San Diego's major league team probably would not have happened due to the fact that Liriano did not get a call-up in September.
The Brewers are easily one of the best places for Liriano to be at the moment because they are rebuilding at all positions, which means that the 6-foot-0 right-handed hitter should get daily looks in the field and at the dish.
Liriano played in 38 games for the Padres in 2014, but did not get a chance in the 2015 season. During his time in the majors, he slashed .220/.289/.266 with 24 hits, two doubles, one home run, six RBI and four stolen bases while striking out 39 times.
In 2015, Liriano played 131 games for the Triple-A El Paso Chihuahuas and pitched up 31 doubles, three triples, 14 homers and 64 RBI on a .292 batting average. He has a .311 ERA with 14 home runs and 77 RBI over his 147 career games at the Triple-A level.
Seidenberger was drafted by the Brewers in the 12th round of the 2013 MLB Draft out of Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. The native of Texas logged a 6.75 ERA across 26.2 innings pitched in his first minor league season. It was been an up and down road for Seidenberger, who is 11-5 with a 4.38 ERA, 1.330 WHIP and a 2.14 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 129.1 innings pitched during his minor league career.
Without Liriano, the Padres have Jon Jay, Jabari Blash, Alex Dickerson and Jose Pirela as left field options. One of the four will get a chance to start on Opening Day, but none of them have the potential that Liriano has going forward.
Only time will tell for the Brewers, Padres, Liriano and the possibility of the outfielder turning out to play as good as the former highly touted prospect was once projected.