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Padres trade Hundley, cash to O’s for LHP Patton 

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The San Diego Padres have struck a deal with the Baltimore Orioles in trading catcher Nick Hundley for left-handed pitcher Troy Patton. The announcement came Saturday morning from the Padres twitter feed. Hundley will be sent along with cash considerations to Baltimore as well.

Hundley, a 30-year old veteran and 2nd round draft pick by the Padres in the 2005 MLB Amateur Player draft, has spent his entire career and the last 7 seasons in San Diego. Hundley has posted a career .238/.296/.396 slash-line with 195 RBI and 47 Homeruns over a span of 510 games in the majors.

Hundley was part of a three-man catching regimen for the Padres, getting very limited playing time and typically appearing as a pinch-hitter in most situations. Hundley started only 9 games out of the 33 he played this season.

Patton, a 28-year old veteran and 9th round draft pick by the Houston Astros in the 2004 MLB Amateur Player draft, made his major league debut with the Astros in 2007, appearing in three games and posting an 0-2 record with a 3.55 ERA. After some time in the minors, Patton was traded to Baltimore and improved his career numbers to a 5-4 record with a 3.28 ERA over 143 games.

Patton has made only two career starts in the majors with most of his time on the field coming from relief appearances. Patton has had a rough start this season, however, carrying an 8.10 ERA over 9 games (6 earned runs over 6.2 innings pitched).

Patton also came under fire in December of 2013 for testing positive for the use of amphetamines. He served a 25-game suspension at the start of this season and was activated on May 1st.

Concerning his positive drug test, Patton had this to say:“I took one because I was stupid,” said Patton (baltimoresun.com). “It was the end of the season. It was just a stupid mistake. I don’t have trouble focusing all the time, it just enhances focus in certain situations, and I was just tired, basically. I don’t want to list that as an excuse. I know I took a banned substance. It was just a poor lapse in judgment.”

Patton has attempted to receive an exemption for ADD or ADHD-like tendencies from MLB, but has been turned down both times.

Patton is expected to be suited up in a Padres uniform and available for tonight’s game against the Chicago Cubs at 7:10pm.

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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!