Tuesday afternoon, the Padres announced that outfielder Will Venable had been traded to the Texas Rangers for minor league catcher Marcus Greene Jr. and a player to be named later.
The centerfielder, who had been with the organization for the past eight seasons and was the longest-tenured Padre in the clubhouse, was hitting .258 with six home runs, 30 RBIs and 11 steals in 98 games this season. He was well-liked and respected in the clubhouse and praised for his versatility on the field.
Venable was in the lineup for Tuesday’s game, but moved before the game started. Padres general manager A.J. Preller said a few teams had reached out about Venable over the past few days and last night, the Rangers presented a deal he liked.
“[Venable] is a class act, a tremendous person,” Preller said. “He’s a very good athlete. Personality wise, he’s the kind of guy you’d want on your club. Texas is going to get a guy that’s going to help them down the stretch, that’s going to fit in well. We’re going to get two players form their system we like.”
Who that second player is, is still a mystery. All Preller said is that he is a “key piece of the deal” and is “closer to the big leagues.”
Greene, who turns 21 Wednesday, is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow that was performed in June of this year. Before the surgery, he was hitting .218 with five home runs in 25 games with the Low Single-A Hickory of the South Atlantic League. Preller was part of the Rangers organization when Greene was drafted in the 16th-round in 2013.
Preller also confirmed that Travis Jankowski will join the Padres. The left-handed hitter was drafted 44th overall in 2012 and is batting .392 with Triple-A El Paso this season.
Preller said the centerfielder is not coming up to “just sit on the bench.”
“He’s a very good defender,” Preller said, adding that Jankowski has the “speed element.”
Jankowski is expected to join the Big Leagues Wednesday. He was not in the lineup for El Paso Tuesday.