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Middlebrooks to San Diego; Hanigan to Boston 

Smith Transactions

…But wait, there’s more!

The San Diego Padres have reportedly acquired Thirdbaseman Will Middlebrooks from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for recently acquired catcher Ryan Hanigan. The report comes on the heels of Friday morning’s trade that sent OF Justin Upton to San Diego and a handful of prospects to Atlanta.

This deal – as you might have guessed – has not yet been confirmed by either club.

Middlebrooks, a 25-year old veteran who made his debut back in 2012 with the Boston Red Sox, carries a career .237/.284/.411 line with 122 RBI and 34 homeruns. Although Middlebrooks saw his numbers dip in 2014, posting a .191 batting average with 2 homeruns and 19 RBI in 63 games, there is a lot of upside to former 5th-round draft pick. Middlebrooks is a formidable third baseman who has spent time at first base and second base as well, and posted a decent .231/.277/.375 line with the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox near the end of 2014.

Middlebrooks provides much-needed depth at Third Base for the Padres, who traded veteran thirdbaseman Chase Headley to the New York Yankees last season. As it stands right now, Middlebrooks will get a chance to compete for the starting role against infielder Yangervis Solarte at Spring Training. Nonetheless, Middlebrooks presents a lot of talent and upside that could really aid the Padres.

Hanigan, who was literally acquired by the Padres two days ago, never got a chance to show his muster on the field behind homeplate for the Friars. This shouldn’t be an issue, however, as Derek Norris now stands alone as the likely starting catcher for the Padres on Opening Day in 2015.

Surely, A.J. Preller is earning his paycheck with all of these trades. On that note, this writer will keep his laptop on and open in case something happens in the next few minutes.

For more information on the flurry of moves, as well as reactions and opinions regarding these trades, check out or other articles and musings here, on The Friarhood.



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!