The Padres have dealt first baseman Tony Clark to Arizona for minor-league right-hander Evan Scribner. That’s two trades between the teams in the past 12 months after a decade of nothing, in case you’re wondering.
Most fans in San Diego will remember Clark for his dramatic homer against the Mets’ Billy Wagner on June 8, which culminated a season-high five-game winning streak for the Pads. I’ll remember Clark for talking about his kid’s soccer game during batting practice back in spring training.
That and his being lifted for some random pitcher every time he reached first base. I guess Mike Piazza couldn’t be coaxed out of retirement to serve as Clark’s designated runner.
The short-term impact for the Padres is that Brian Myrow should see more playing time. Not a lot more, mind you, because getting a 31-year-old career minor-leaguer — even one who rakes like Myrow — into games shouldn’t be a priority for a team that is going nowhere and whose best player occupies the same position. Still, maybe he’ll impress someone and have himself a career after all. I hope so.
Long term, Scribner is a 22-year-old reliever with gaudy strikeout numbers in A-ball. In 91 1/3 career innings he’s compiled a 12.12 K/9 ratio and a 5.13 K/BB ratio. The usual disclaimers about A-ball relievers apply. And lest you get too excited, remember that he was traded straight up for a glacially slow guy whose chief skill is the ability to reach base.