Padres bolster pitching depth in trade with Rays
Reliever Rearick heads to San Diego in wake of standout year
SAN DIEGO -- The Padres and Rays swapped Minor League players on Thursday, with San Diego landing 25-year-old left-handed pitcher Chris Rearick in exchange for infielder Vince Belnome.Rearick, a 41st-round Draft pick in 2010 out of North Georgia College and State University, has had a lot of success in the Minor Leagues, posting a 14-7 record with a 2.68 ERA in 113 games, all but one as a reliever. Rearick was named the best relief pitcher in the Rays' Minor League system in each of the past two seasons. Rearick split last season between Class A Charlotte and Double-A Montgomery, going 4-4 with a 2.70 ERA in 50 games. In parts of three seasons, he has struck out 203 batters in 191 1/3 innings with 165 hits and 46 walks allowed. Belnome, who turns 25 in March, is a career .300 hitter in parts of four Minor League seasons. He was selected in the 28th round of the 2009 Draft out of West Virginia University. Belnome has played third base, second base and first base in the Minor Leagues. Belnome didn't figure in the Padres' future, as they have plenty of depth in the infield at the positions that he can play.