The Padres have obtained first baseman Yonder Alonso from the Braves for cash, Dennis Lin of The Athletic tweets. He’ll join the Padres’ taxi squad. Alonso had been with the Braves on a minor league contract since the winter, and he hasn’t accrued an at-bat this year.
Now 33 years old, Alonso’s a veteran of a handful of major league organizations since he joined the Reds as the seventh overall pick in 2008.
Alonso’s no stranger to the Padres, who acquired him in a 2011 blockbuster with the Reds, but he made a minimum impact in San Diego before it dealt him to Oakland in 2015.
Alonso had his best season between Oakland and Seattle in 2017, but he has generally offered middling production relative to his offensively charged position.
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He has taken 3,773 plate appearances in the majors, including a combined 335 between the White Sox and Rockies last year, and batted .259/.332/.404 (102 wRC+) with 100 home runs.
Now that he’s back with the Padres, Alonso will provide the club a bit of insurance at first behind Eric Hosmer, Jake Cronenworth and Ty France.
He’s also now part of the same organization as brother-in-law Manny Machado, the Padres’ third baseman.
It’s also the city where Machado and Alonso’s sister make their home out of season.
“I’m really excited to finally have my brother-in-law on the same team,” Machado said Tuesday after the Padres beat the Dodgers 6-2.
Alonso was on the Braves’ shortlist after failing to show up to their other training site. It will report to the Padres alternate site at the University of San Diego. He is being brought in ostensibly for depth at first base but also to work with young hitters and give the young pitchers at the alternate site a veteran hitter to work against.
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