Earlier this morning, the San Diego Padres announced that they has completed a trade with the Seattle Mariners for infielder Luis Sardinas. The Padres will send back either a player to be named later or cash considerations.
Sardinas is a very interesting prospect. Once labeled as the best Shortstop you’ve never heard of, the young man out of Venezuela was considered to be a prospect with a career trajectory similar to Trevor Story and Carlos Correa.
Originally signed by A.J. Preller for the Texas Rangers, Sardinas has not made a big impact in the majors in limited opportunities. In 43 games with the Rangers in 2014, Sardinas hit .261 with a .303 OBP. In 36 games for the Brewers in 2015, he hit just .196 with a .240 OBP. This year, in 32 games with the Seattle Mariners, he has hit just .181 with an OBP of .203.
He is still only 23 years old and certainly has some potential left, but it appears that many MLB teams are ready to move on from his prospects as a major-leaguer. The Padres will likely give him a shot to be the everyday Shortstop this season and next, with hopes that he finds a way to iron out his swing.
This is a low-risk, high-reward move for Padres GM A.J. Preller, and he’s struck gold on a few of those over the lsat 12 months. Most notable with Starting Pitcher Drew Pomeranz.