SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Padres acquired reliever Emilio Pagán from the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday in exchange for outfielder Manuel Margot and a minor leaguer.
The 28-year-old Pagán went 4-2 with a 2.31 ERA in 66 games last year. The right-hander spent the first two weeks of the season with Triple-A Durham and still managed to lead the Rays bullpen with 20 saves and 96 strikeouts.
Margot batted .234 with 12 homers and 37 RBIs in 151 games in 2019. He also had a career-high 20 steals.
The 25-year-old Margot, who was acquired by San Diego when it traded Craig Kimbrel to Boston in November 2015, is highly regarded for his defensive skills. He ranked second among NL center fielders with a .992 fielding percentage last year, trailing Gold Glove winner Lorenzo Cain.
Tampa Bay also got catcher/outfielder Logan Driscoll in the trade. The 22-year-old Driscoll was selected by the Padres in the second round of the 2019 amateur draft.