Padres make Opening Day trade, add top prospect to MLB roster

Friars trade Paddack, Pagan to Twins for Rogers, Rooker
CJ Abrams
Chris Paddack
Posted at 6:54 AM, Apr 07, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-07 12:34:56-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – The San Diego Padres made some roster moves ahead of their Opening Day game Thursday -- one being a trade involving starting pitcher Chris Paddack and another the addition of a top prospect to the big league club.

On Thursday morning, the Padres dealt Paddack, relief pitcher Emilio Pagan, and a player to be named later to the Minnesota Twins in exchange for left-handed reliever Taylor Rogers — a 2021 All-Star — and outfielder/first baseman Brent Rooker. The Twins will also send cash as part of the deal; The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reported Minnesota will give the Padres $6.6 million in the trade.

Thursday's trade was the latest in a series of transactions made over the past five days as the team sets up their roster to start the 2022 MLB season.

On Wednesday, the Padres executed a trade that sent catcher Victor Caratini to the Milwaukee Brewers for minor leaguers Brent Sullivan and Korry Howell.

San Diego acquired starting pitcher Sean Manaea from Oakland over the weekend, giving the team another quality arm for their starting rotation.

Opening Day roster finalized

The Padres unveiled their 28-man roster on Opening Day, and it included top prospect C.J. Abrams.

Abrams, 21, is considered the organization’s top minor leaguer, and after a strong Spring Training, many baseball analysts expected him to make the leap to the big club.

Two of team’s other top prospects -- pitcher Mackenzie Gore and catcher Luis Campusano -- were sent down to Triple-A El Paso on Wednesday.

Four players on the Friars' Opening Day roster are expected to make their MLB debuts this week: Abrams, outfielder Jose Azocar, and relief pitchers Robert Suarez and Steven Wilson.

The newly-acquired Taylor Rogers is on the roster, but Brent Rooker was optioned to Triple-A.

The team also announced pitchers Mike Clevinger and Luis Garcia were placed on the 10-day injured list, while star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. was added to the 60-day injured list.