Padres Trade Anthony Bass To Astros For The First Pick In The Rule 5 Draft

Forgive me while I nerd out.

This afternoon, The Padres traded Anthony Bass plus a player to be named later or cash to the Houston Astros for a player to be named later or cash. Confused already? I was too, but then it all started making sense.

Still confused? Allow me to explain.

In the NFL and NBA, leading up to the draft teams targeting a certain player will trade up to have the chance to acquire that player. The compensation for trading up will generally be their own draft pick slot plus either another pick later in the draft or a player. The Padres have, in this case, used that framework to trade up to the #1 pick in tomorrow’s rule 5 draft.

Still confused? Totally understandable. Here is what we will see happen:

The Padres have traded Anthony Bass to the Astros. He is now part of their organization. Best of luck to him.

The Astros, with the first pick in the Rule 5 Draft, will likelyy select Brian Moran, a left-handed reliever (aka LOOGY) in the Mariners organization. He will then be sent to the Padres.

The Padres, in their slot in the Rule 5 Draft, will either select a player to send to the Astros or, if the Astros are not fond of any of the remaining eligible players, will send the Astros $50,000 to cover the cost of selecting Moran away from the Mariners.

The trade ends up being basically a straight up trade of Bass for Moran, a trade the Padres are willing to make to fill a hole in their bullpen with a player who better fits their needs. With Tim Stauffer signed as long-reliever, Anthony Bass no longer had much of a chance to make the Padres roster in the spring. However, the Padres did have a need for a LOOGY.

Moran, who has thrived in AAA for the Mariners for two seasons without getting a chance in their bullpen, will still have to stay with the Padres major league club for the entire 2014 season, or else be offered back to the Mariners for $20,000. Chances are that he’s ready for the bigs though, as he struck out over 12 batters per 9 innings pitched in both of his AAA seasons while also walking less than 3 batters per 9 innings.

Josh Byrnes may drive me nuts, but I admire his creativity in this deal. This isn’t the type of trade you see very often. Now, let’s hope I’m right about Brian Moran being the target of the trade, or else I’m going to look a little silly.

edit: It’s quite possible that the target of the trade is actually Cuban lefty Omar Luis, who the Yankees signed for $2.5 million this spring. He is only available in the draft due to a contract snafu/gaffe by the Yankees, who surely meant to protect him. Thanks to Left Coast Bias for the call out.

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