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Denorfia to Seattle; Padres Receive 2 Prospects 

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The San Diego Padres have official announced the trade of utility OF Chris Denorfia to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for RHP Stephen Kohlscheen and Minor League OF Abraham Almonte. The move came less than two hours before the official MLB Trade Deadline at 4:00pm ET.

Denorfia, a 19th round pick by the Cincinnati Reds back in the 2002 MLB Draft, was acquired by the Padres from Oakland back in 2010. Since moving to San Diego, Denorfia has posted a .275/.332/.399 line over 5 years in a Padres uniform. Over Denorfia’s 9-year career, he posted a similar line of .275/.335/.397 with 173 career RBI and 36 homeruns.

Denorfia was set to make $2.25MM from the Padres this season due to become a free agent at the season’s end. “Norf” (or “Deno,” if you’re that kind of person) has been a fan favorite for quite some time, despite a slight dip in numbers. Denorfia has certainly been respectable this season, however, as he has carried a .242/.293/.319 line with 16 RBI in 89 games.

Kohlscheen, a 25 year-old RHP who was drafted by the Mariners in the 45th round of the 2010 MLB Draft out of Auburn University, has fared well at multiple levels of Minor League Baseball.  Over 5 seasons between each tier of MiLB, Kohlscheen has posted a 3.18 ERA and a 24-10 record with 361 strikeouts over 330.2 IP.

Since transitioning to AAA baseball, Kohlscheen has seen success as a relief pitcher with a 2-0 record and a 3.28 ERA. Prior to his move to AAA, Kohlscheen posted a 2.25 ERA with 33 strikeouts in 23 games at the AA level.

Almonte, a 25 year-old utility OF who was signed as an Amateur Free Agent by the New York Yankees back in 2005, made his major league debut last August. In his limited exposure to the big leagues, Almonte has posted a .225/.275/.337 line with 17 RBI and 3 homeruns over 52 games. Almonte has seen action from every section of the outfield, spending most of his time in Centerfield.

With the announcement of Norf’s departure, the team now has only 24 players on their 25-man roster. As such, it is expected that Almonte will take Denorfia’s spot immediately and will join the club as soon as he arrives in San Diego.

The Padres will conclude their three-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals this afternoon at 12:40pm down at Petco Park.



About the author: Ian Edward Russell Smith

Ian is a former writer for the San Diego Padres, having worked as the Padres' "In-Season Blogger" during the 2015 season. Ian wrote as a member of the Friarhood's writing staff between parts of 2013-2015, writing over 100 articles over that span. In addition to being a writer, Ian is also a recent graduate of California Western School of Law in San Diego, having earned a Juris Doctor, as well as his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science/Law & Society from the University of California, Riverside. Be sure to follow Ian on Twitter (@SDRedBull8) to see what other ramblings he's posted about the Padres, San Diego, and baseball in general!