Guerra is the biggest name to be protected, the team’s seventh ranked prospect. Despite struggling a little since coming to the organization as a result of the Craig Kimbrel trade, Guerra is a flashy shortstop that the Padres do not wish to risk losing.
Protecting Lockett is another move which comes as no surprise to fans. The tall right-hander is the most major league ready of the four, and is expected to begin 2017 in AAA.
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Cordero and Ruiz are slightly more of surprises to fans, especially Ruiz. As a catcher who has bounced around, the 22-year-old has gotten only as high as High-A. With a promising young catcher in Austin Hedges, the Padres will not need help at the position anytime soon. However, some indication that Ruiz may be selected in the rule 5 draft must have propelled the Padres into action.
Cordero is another minor league player with little experience. It wouldn’t seem like another team would want to take a chance on the versatile outfielder, but San Diego wanted to be sure.
Opting to move four players to the 40-man roster, the Padres were forced to make three additional roster changes to avoid exceeding the limit. The designated Oswaldo Arcia for assignment, outrighted Brett Wallace to AAA, and placed Leonel Campos on waivers. Only Arcia however remains in the organization. Wallace chose free agency instead of his minor league assignment, and Campos was quickly claimed by the Toronto Blue Jays.