The Mariners requested an outfielder. Derek Hill Exemption from the Tigers by both teams. He was assigned for assignment earlier in the week. The Mariners announced the appointment of an infielder Kevin Padlo To be classified in a related activity.
Hill will change organizations for the first time in his pro career. A native of California. He was a first-round pick by the Tigers in 2014, and has spent the last eight years climbing the minor league ladder. In the year The right hitting outfielder has yet to produce much at the plate.
The 26-year-old is more attractive because of his pace and defensive profile. He’s a fly ball player that evaluators have long suggested could be a plus or better outfielder. He has swiped 9 bases in 12 attempts at the major league level, and routinely pushes for or surpasses 30 steals in the minors. That led to a prospect who could stick around as a fourth or fifth outfielder as he struggled with high-level pitching, but the Tigers moved him to Triple-A amid a terrible offensive showing. He is hitting .217/.269/.325 in 30 contests at that level this season, tracking a .320/.377/.504 performance in the same stretch a season ago.
Hill is in his final minor league option year. The Mariners can keep him at Triple-A Tacoma for the rest of 2022, but he would have to sit out camp with the team next season or face waivers if he’s stuck on the 40-man roster until then.
Padlo, 26, has changed a few times in the last 12 months. Seattle originally claimed him off waivers from the Rays last August, but designated him for assignment in April. He was traded to the Giants, DFA again and returned by the Navy. The righty hitter has only appeared in 10 MLB games between the two clubs this season, spending the year in Triple-A instead.
The former fifth-round draft pick owns a .246/.327/.455 line in 248 minor league plate appearances this season. That’s below-average production in the collision-friendly Pacific Coast League, but Padello has had a good run in the Double-A side of his career. His combination of power and plate discipline has caught the attention of a few teams, and contending clubs will get another chance to add him in the coming days. With the trade deadline in the rearview mirror, the M’s now have no choice but to place Padello on waivers as he is removed from the 40-man roster.