Decker signed a minor league contract with Boston and has been assigned to Double-A Portland, the Boston Globe reports. Decker, who played eight games for San Diego last season, opened the season in the Padres' organization before being dealt to Colorado in April, then was eventually released in mid-May. He's put up good power numbers at the Triple-A level, but also strikes out a ton. For the Red Sox, he'll serve as organizational depth for a club that finds itself thin at the upper levels following Sam Travis' season-ending knee injury.
Decker was traded to the Rockies on Wednesday in exchange for cash considerations. He was subsequently assigned to Triple-A Albuquerque, where he will serve as first base depth in an organization that is very thin at the position. This represents an upgrade for Decker, as he was unlikely to ever see notable big league at-bats with Eric Hosmer entrenched in Kansas City. The 29-year-old minor league journeyman has just 12 career MLB plate appearances, and while he has shown 20-plus homer power in the minors, his batting average has always been subpar, given his age and level.
Decker drew a walk in Triple-A Omaha's 6-5 win over New Orleans on Friday. Decker had an up-and-down spring as he batted .250 with three homers and seven RBI but he also struck out 16 times in only 44 at-bats. The 29-year-old made his first appearance in the majors last year with San Diego and struck out five times in 11 at-bats while failing to record a hit. The first basemen/third basemen has hopped between Double-A and Triple-A the last four years and will likely remain there until he proves that he's more than the career .265 minor-league hitter that he currently is.
Decker was sent outright to Triple-A El Paso Wednesday. Decker was called up to the Padres near the end of September -- his first opportunity with a major league club in his career. Used primarily as a pinch-hitter, Decker was unable to record a hit, going 0-for-11 in eight appearances with the club. Decker certainly has the power, (he hit 65 home runs in three years with Triple-A El Paso) but it remains to be seen whether he can boast a consistent batting average worthy of a major league roster spot.
The Padres promoted four players Monday, including an experienced starter in Robbie Erlin, per MLB.com. Also brought up were infielder Cody Decker and pitchers Jay Jackson and Casey Kelly. Kelly and Erlin are slated to start at least one game before the regular season concludes. The latter has struggled in 20 major league starts and has yet to pitch for San Diego in 2015. Decker popped out in his first major league at-bat Monday.
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