Padres Acquire LHP Clay Zavada
The Padres have purchased the contract of former major league pitcher Clay Zavada, according to MLB.com’s own Corey Brock. Zavada appeared in one major league season with the Arizona Diamondbacks back in 2009, going 3-3 with a 3.35 ERA in 49 games, having pitched in his last major league game on October 2, 2009. Zavada later struggled down in the Diamondbacks’ Triple-A organization and ultimately missed the entire 2010 season due to Tommy John surgery.
Since leaving the Diamondbacks organization, Zavada has jumped between Minor League associations and ultimately ending up in an independent league. In 2012, Zavada went 0-0 with a 12.60 ERA for The St. Louis Cardinal’s Triple-A Memphis team. The left handed pitcher most recently has been playing for the Gary SouthShore RailCats of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball, where he posted a 1.65 ERA.
Zavada will most likely be on the club for organizational pitcher depth, and it has been announced that Zavada will be pitching for Double-A San Antonio. More information on Zavada’s independent league team can be found here at the SouthShore RailCat’s website.