The San Diego Padres on Wednesday traded infielders Logan Forsythe and Maxx Tissenbaum and right-handed pitchers Matt Andriese, Brad Boxberger and Matt Lollis to the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for left-handed pitcher Alex Torres and right-handed pitcher Jesse Hahn.
The versatile Forsythe, once a cornerstone of the Padres' plans, has been in demand and his history of injuries made him expendable for San Diego. The addition of Torres give the Padres the middle- and late-inning lefty they've been seeking to round out what will be a new-look bullpen.
Forsythe, 27, hit .214 with six home runs and 19 runs batted in over 75 games for San Diego last season. The strong-armed infielder was signed by the Padres as a supplemental-round selection in the 2008 draft. He has missed considerable time the past two seasons dealing with plantar fasciitis. Over parts of three seasons with the Padres he hit .241 with 28 doubles and 12 home runs.
Torres, 26, made 39 relief appearances with Tampa Bay in 2013, his rookie season, going 4-2 with a 1.71 ERA, 62 strikeouts against 20 walks and a .159 opponent batting average in 58 innings. His ERA led all qualifying rookie relief pitchers while his opponent batting average ranked third. Originally signed by the Angels in 2005, the Venezuelan native was acquired by the Rays along with infielders Sean Rodriguez and Matt Sweeney in exchange for left-handed pitcher Scott Kazmir in August 2009. In his big league career, lefties are batting .179 against him with just four extra-base hits (no home runs) while striking out 35% of the time.
Hahn, 24, spent the majority of last season with Single-A Charlotte, making 20 starts total and going 2-1 with a 2.09 ERA and 67 strikeouts in 69 innings. Signed by the Rays as a sixth-round selection in the 2010 draft, the right-hander was named a Florida State League All-Star in 2013. Hahn missed the entire 2011 campaign after undergoing Tommy John surgery.
Boxberger, 25, made 18 relief appearances for San Diego in 2013, going 0-1 with a save and a 2.86 ERA. Boxberger was acquired by the Padres along with infielder Yonder Alonso, catcher Yasmani Grandal and right-handed pitcher Edinson Volquez from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for right-handed pitcher Mat Latos in December 2011.
Tissenbaum, 22, hit .277 with 28 doubles and two home runs in 111 games for Single-A Fort Wayne in 2013. The left-handed hitter was signed by the Padres as an 11th-round selection in the 2012 draft.
Andriese, 24, split this past season between Double-A San Antonio and Triple-A Tucson, going 11-7 with a 3.27 ERA in 27 games, 25 starts. The right-hander was signed by the Padres as a third-round selection in the 2011 draft.
Lollis, 23, made 58 relief appearances last season between Padres affiliates Single-A Lake Elsinore, Double-A San Antonio and Triple-A Tucson, compiling a 3-8 record with a 4.62 ERA. The right-hander was a 15th-round selection in the 2009 draft.