Padres acquire Cory Burns in exchange for Aaron Cunningham

Cory Burns joins the Padres. (Akron Aeros)

According to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick, the San Diego Padres have acquired Cleveland Indian minor-league pitcher Cory Burns in exchange for outfielder Aaron Cunningham. Burns (6′-1”, 180 lb) is a 24-year-old right-hander drafted by the Indians in the eighth round of the 2009 amateur draft. In three minor-league seasons in the Indians organization, Burns posted a 2.02 ERA , 147.1 IP, 35 BB ( 2.1BB/9) and 188 K (11.9 SO/9) with a 0.971 WHIP. Last year at double-A Akron, Burns went 2-5 with a 2.11 ERA in 59.2 IP, walking 15, while striking out 70, a 10.6 strikeout per 9 ratio. Also, he only allowed three homers in those 59.2 innings pitched. Last season, Burns was named by MiLB the double-A reliever of the year. The scouting report: Burns has a deceptive, rather unorthodox type of delivery which has been characterized by some as “tornado like.” His fastball is not overpowering, sitting between 88-91 mph, but he mixes in a plus change-up and knuckle curveball.

The Padres are very deep with outfielders. So, suffice it to say, Cunningham was expendable with other prospects being ahead of him on the minor-league and major-league depth charts. Cunningham, now 25, the former prospect selected 55th overall in 2009, will possibly have a shot in Cleveland. Cunningham never had a legit chance in San Diego on an everyday basis, coming over in (now former) general manager Jed Hoyer’s first trade. Last year at triple-A Tucson, Cunningham hit a clean .329/.398/.532, 34 2B, 4 3B, 9 HR and 63 RBI. In a few cups of coffee between the Athletics and the Padres, Cunningham has posted a career .231/.290/.375 line in only 355 AB, while showing flashes of promise. Last year, upon his second call up with the Padres, he batted a mediocre .178/.257/.367 line in only 90 AB, many of those coming off the bench as a pinch hitter.


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  1. Ideally, I would like to see a little bit of both. The Padres have the resources financially, and from a player prospect standpoint to do so. 

    The down side? It might take dealing Headley and Latos. 

    I have a few ideas for both players if they were in respective trades. Reds being one of the teams. Tigers being another. Without getting into details, I think the Padres could deal both players and become a better team. Having said that, it doesn’t make the greatest statment to fans. However, if it makes the ball club better now and for the future, you have to do it. Good business. Eventually, the Padres want to lock up players like Maybin and Latos. 

    As you probably know one of the few veteran players I would like is Carlos Quentin.

    Prospects, Turner, Mesoraco, Billy Hamilton, Brett Jackson, Alonso in a possible three way deal with the Cubs. Maybe Stubbs in a deal for Latos along with some of those prospects. 

  2. If Byrnes gets particularly active, what are you hoping to see?  Veterans, or stud prospects?  I feel like 2013/2014 needs to be the focus; we’re not going to contend for anything meaningful in 2012.  So I hope he doesn’t spend much (in terms of trading away our current depth) for short term band-aids.

  3. I agree. The Padres do need an offensive minded player. I really have liked all Byrnes moves thus far. Very solid. 

    Ken Rosenthal is reporting the Padres will be very active soon. Maybe this is just the beginning in a still fairly early off-season. 

  4. Good trade.  Burns looks like he can be a part of a solid, rebuilt bullpen.

    At some point, though, we’re going to need to make a move or two to bring in a bat.

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