Orioles Trade Troy Patton to Padres for Catcher Nick HundleyPosted on May 24, 2014 by Ethan Felderstein
In an attempt to deepen themselves at the catching position after the injury to Matt Wieters, the Orioles acquired Nick Hundley from the San Diego Padres in exchange for left-handed reliever Troy Patton.
Hundley served as the Padres' backup catcher this year, appearing in 33 games. In 59 at-bats, he hit .271 with just 1 home run and 3 RBIs.
Patton departs the Orioles just 2 days after allowing 2 earned runs in an extra-inning loss to the Indians. In just 9 games, Patton had an 8.10 ERA and a 1.950 WHIP. He served a 25-game suspension earlier in the season after testing positive for a banned substance.
The initial reaction of the trade is that this is a win-win for both organizations. WIth a timetable not set for Wieters' return, the Orioles needed more catching depth, while the Padres have bolstered already what is the league's 2nd best bullpen.
Hundley will battle with Steve Clevenger to be Matt Wieters' long-term replacement. Being a switch-hitter, Hundley seems to be more versatile at the plate, but neither of them are above average defenders.
In addition to the acquisition of Hundley, the Orioles also called up infielder Steve Lombardozzi, meaning the team will have to make another roster move to clear a space for Hundley.