Padres acquire De La Cruz
Florida sends right-hander to San Diego for cash
PEORIA, Ariz. -- The Padres continued their stockpiling of pitchers on Wednesday when they acquired right-hander Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz from the Marlins for cash considerations.
De La Cruz, who turned 25 earlier this month, has pitched well this spring, posting a 3.38 ERA in four games.
But he was out of Minor League options -- meaning he would have had to clear waivers in order to remain in the Florida organization.
San Diego general manager Kevin Towers said reports on De La Cruz were that he has a live arm, with a fastball that runs in the mid-90s and has touched 98 mph before.
De La Cruz has a 13.21 ERA in two very short Major League stints (12 games), first with the Tigers in 2007 and then with the Marlins last season. De La Cruz spent most of last season at Triple-A Albuquerque, going 13-8 with a 4.34 ERA as a starter.
De La Cruz, a native of the Dominican Republic, signed with the Tigers as an undrafted free agent in 2001. He has been used as a starter and reliever in the past.
He has a career Minor League record of 33-30 with a 3.80 ERA in 237 appearances, 60 of which were starts.
On Monday, the Padres signed right-hander Shawn Hill, released last week by the Nationals, to a Minor League deal. The team also received Minor League reliever Luke Gregerson from the Cardinals as the player to be named later in the offseason deal for shortstop Khalil Greene.
Gregerson will throw Thursday in a Minor League game, and Hill will appear in a Cactus League game Friday in Phoenix against the A's. Both players have a chance to make the team as relievers.
Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.