Rays acquire Burroughs from Padres
Brazelton sent to San Diego in exchange for third baseman
DALLAS -- Dewon Brazelton and Sean Burroughs never delivered on the promise that enticed their respective teams -- the Devil Rays and Padres -- to use first-round picks to draft them. On Wednesday, the once-promising pair was traded for each other.
"This is a classic change-of-scenery trade involving two former No. 1 draft picks that are still young players with tremendous upsides," said Rays executive vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman. "We are excited to have Sean. He fills a need."
Burroughs, 25, has been the Padres' everyday third baseman for most of the past four seasons. A career .282 hitter with 62 doubles, 12 triples, 11 home runs and 133 RBIs in 432 Major League games, Burroughs split last season between San Diego (.250, one home run, 17 RBIs) and Triple-A Portland (.290, three homers and 14 RBIs).
He led all National League third basemen in 2003 with a .286 average and set career highs in nearly every major offensive category. He batted a career-best .298 the following season. Burroughs was the ninth overall selection by the Padres in the 1998 First-Year Player Draft and made his Major League debut in 2002.
Burroughs is the son of 1974 American League MVP Jeff Burroughs. Burroughs and his dad (who was drafted by the Washington Senators in 1969) are the second father and son to be selected in the first round (along with Tom and Ben Grieve).
"I've seen [Burroughs] in Spring Training with the Padres," said Rays manager Joe Maddon. "I always liked the defensive part of his game. Offensively, his power numbers haven't shown up yet. He's got a great bloodline. I look forward to seeing him on a more consistent basis."
Maddon added he likes the fact that Burroughs is left-handed.
Burroughs will compete for the Rays' starting third-base job.
Brazelton, 25, went 1-8 with a 7.61 ERA in 2005 and has a career record of 8-23 with a 5.98 ERA. He was the Rays' first pick (third overall) in the 2001 draft out of Middle Tennessee State.
Brazelton began the 2005 season as the Rays' No. 1 starter, but he had a record of 1-7 after eight starts, which led to him being sent down to Triple-A Durham on May 11.
Brazelton did not report to Durham and was placed on the restricted list from May 16-June 3. Once he came off the list, he was assigned to Double-A Montgomery, where he made one appearance for the Biscuits before getting promoted to the Rays three days later. He was optioned back to Durham on Aug. 9 after pitching to a 7.52 ERA in 10 relief outings for the Rays. He returned to the Rays again on Sept. 6.
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.