DAILY LINKS: Padres DFA Villanueva, Spangenberg

Christian Villanueva

The Padres’ youth movement, which recently turned a depleted farm system into the best in baseball, made a dent into the big league roster on Tuesday afternoon. General manager A.J. Preller needed to clear space for seven prospects to be added to the 40-man roster, lest they be exposed to next month’s Rule 5 Draft. He got creative in doing so, parting with a handful of veterans.