Red Sox reportedly close on deal for Padres reliever

Ruben Hill
November 21, 2018

The Padres began a last-minute roster purge Tuesday by trading relief pitcher Colten Brewer to the Red Sox in exchange for minor league second baseman Esteban Quiroz.

This is a roster-rearrangement move more than anything, with the Padres trying to get a man off their 40-man roster.

In 24 games with the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs last season, he batted.283 with seven home runs and 24 RBIs.

Quiroz, 26, was signed by the Red Sox one year ago out of the Mexican League. Brewer, a fourth-round pick of the Pirates in 2011, has just 9 2/3 innings of big league experience, all of which came with the Padres in 2018.

That was especially so in the confines of the current roster crunch.

It's a minor swap created to give the Padres some roster flexibility before 8pm ET tonight - the deadline for teams to protect players from selection in next month's Rule 5 Draft. He has pitched better than that in the minors, however, posting a 3.75 ERA and 63/15 K/BB ratio over 48 innings in Triple-A in 2018. The right-hander, who struck out 10 and walked seven, still has two more options left, allowing him to be shuttled back and forth to the minor leagues for two more seasons. For the Padres, the swap will open a spot on what's now a full 40-man roster. Ken Rosenthal first reported the trade.

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