DENVER – The San Diego Padres made another big move to try and end their playoff drought, acquiring slugger Mitch Moreland in a trade Sunday with Boston.
The Padres haven't been to the postseason since 2006. They currently have the second-most wins in the NL, trailing only division rival Los Angeles.
Moreland adds even more power to an already potent San Diego lineup. On top of that, he brings big-game experience. He's been in the postseason in seven of his past 10 seasons.
“Being able to add his makeup, character, that will blend in really well into this clubhouse,” Padres manager Jayce Tingler said. "There’s a positive buzz, energy going around.”
As part of the deal, the Red Sox acquired a pair of prospects from San Diego, outfielder Jeisson Rosario and infielder Hudson Potts.
It's the second straight day the Padres have made a splashy move. On Saturday, they bolstered their bullpen by acquiring Trevor Rosenthal in a trade with the Kansas City Royals.
Asked if general manager A.J. Preller might be done, Tingler responded: “I would say we’ll wait and see. .. He doesn’t sleep and he’s relentless.”
Moreland, who turns 35 on Sept. 6, was leading the Red Sox with eight homers, 21 RBIs and a .328 batting average. He's made 19 starts at first base this season and three more as a designated hitter.