The San Diego Padres today announced they have outrighted right-handed pitcher Josh Geer, outfielder Drew Macias, infielder Luis Rodriguez and catcher Eliezer Alfonzo to Triple-A Portland. Rodriguez and Alfonzo have elected to become free agents.
Geer, 26, appeared in 19 games (17 starts) for the Padres this season, going 1-7 with a 5.96 ERA (68 ER/102.2 IP). He made his Big League debut with San Diego last season and has gone 3-8 with a 5.28 ERA (76 ER/129.2 IP) in 24 games (22 starts) over two Major League campaigns.
Macias, 26, hit .197 (15-for-76) in 51 games for the Padres, collecting six doubles, one home run, seven RBI and eight runs scored. Since making his Major League debut for the Padres in 2007, he has hit .198 (19-for-96) with six doubles, three home runs, 12 RBI and 11 runs scored in 69 games.
Rodriguez, 29, played in 93 games for the Padres in his second year in San Diego. He hit .202 (42-for-208) with six doubles, two home runs, 16 RBI and 18 runs scored. Over parts of five Major League seasons with the Minnesota Twins (2005-07) and Padres (2008-09), he has hit .243 (208-for- 855) with 36 doubles, four triples, eight home runs, 66 RBI and 90 runs scored in 363 games.
Alfonzo, 30, began the season at Triple-A Portland and appeared in 37 games for San Diego, hitting .175 (20-for-114) with three doubles, two home runs, eight RBI and six runs scored. Over parts of four Major League seasons with the Giants (2006-08) and Padres (2009), he has gone 113-for-475 (.238) with 22 doubles, three triples, 15 home runs, 54 RBI and 38 runs scored in 155 games.
Not much in the way of surprises here...thought Macias had an outside chance at sticking at least on the 40 man roster. He has pretty good speed, a little pop in his bat and is a good defender. Luis Rodriguez was a good soldier in 2009. Once he got hurt in Chicago, it was pretty much the end for him. Cabrera came off the DL and didn't miss a start at shortstop. Rodriguez never complained or made waves. He's a good pro. Geer had trouble all season with command. It's hard to explain after seeing his numbers, but this kid does know how to pitch. With limited velocity, he's had to learn the art of pitching, not throwing. We'll see maybe in Spring Training if he's gotten the command aspect of his game back or not.