The Padres ditched Ryan Schimpf's "three true outcomes" profile, sending him to the minors in June and shipping him to the Rays this offseason. Evan Longoria's departure from Tampa Bay may have opened up work for him at third base, and Tropicana Field is a moderate-to-positive environment for lefty pop, so the soon-to-be 30-year-old may approach his established pace of 13.0 at-bats per home run (142 games). However, even in an era when strikeouts are more acceptable, Schimpf's career 33.2 percent strikeout rate is ugly, even when paired with a 13.1 percent walk rate. His 64.6 flyball percentage all but ensures struggles in batting average, barring an extremely fortunate BABIP. Additionally, he probably won't face many lefties after hitting just .160/.270/.436 against them during his time with San Diego, significantly limiting his appeal in most mixed-league formats.
Schimpf was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett on Sunday. Schimpf was dealt to the Braves earlier this month after being designated for assignment by the Rays. He made eight spring training appearances with his new club over the past two weeks but went 0-for-16 with 11 strikeouts. He'll begin the season in the minor leagues and will likely require an injury at the major-league level to work his way back up to the bigs in the early going.
Schimpf has been traded to Atlanta for a player to be named later or cash considerations Monday. Schimpf had been designated for assignment by the Rays to make room for Carlos Gomez. The 29-year-old infielder hit just .158/.284/.424 in 197 plate appearances for the Padres last season, though he did manage to slug 14 home runs. His extreme flyball approach could make him a cheap power source if given regular playing time, but it comes with a brutal batting average (.195 in 527 career plate appearances) which all but kills his fantasy value in most formats and makes regular at-bats unlikely.
Schimpf was designated for assignment by the Rays on Saturday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The Rays needed to clear a roster spot for the addition of Carlos Gomez, and Schimpf was the corresponding casualty. The 29-year-old will now look to latch on elsewhere as infield depth. Schimpf offers some solid pop, as evidenced by his 34 homers across 142 major-league games over the past two seasons, but that comes with an unsightly .195 average and 33.2 percent strikeout rate.
Schimpf was traded to the Rays in exchange for Deion Tansel on Tuesday, Steve Carney of Sports Radio 620 WDAE reports. Sending Schimpf to Tampa clears a spot on the Padres' 40-man roster for Chase Headley, whom San Diego acquired in a separate trade earlier Tuesday. Schimpf started the 2017 campaign with the big club but was sent to Triple-A El Paso in June after hitting just .158 (26-for-154) with a 35.5 percent strikeout rate. He did hit 14 homers over that stretch, and another 20 in 89 games in 2016, so the pop is there if he's able to correct his approach. While he hit just .202/.311/.475 with El Paso after being demoted last season, Schimpf posted a .355/.432/.729 at that level in 2016. He should serve as infield depth next season, though there's a chance he competes for a starting job.
Schimpf was optioned to Triple-A El Paso on Friday, Dennis Lin of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Although Schimpf has 14 homers this season, he's batting just .158 (26-for-165) and is striking out 35.5 percent of the time, so the Padres decided to send him down to the minors to work on his approach. He still has some serious pop, so he could prove to be serviceable for the Padres down the road if he's able to adjust his swing in order to make more contact. Jose Valdez was recalled in a corresponding roster move, while Cory Spangenberg figures to see the bulk of playing time at third base moving forward.