Morgan Ensberg’s stock has dropped swiftly, but the Padres still believed he was worth taking a gamble on. After the Astros had designated him for assignment, they sent him to San Diego on Tuesday for a player to be named.
Update: The deal was resolved with Houston receiving cash considerations.
|The Big Leaguers|
|Ensberg, 31, was an all-star and finished fourth in the National League MVP voting in 2005, when he had 36 homers and 101 RBIs en route to leading the Astros to their only World Series appearance. But he hasn’t been the same since hurting his right shoulder in June 2006, and he has batted just .232/.323/.384 with eight homers and 31 RBIs in 85 games this year. The Astros are responsible for the remainder of Ensberg’s $4.35 million salary in 2007, after which he’ll be arbitration-eligible and a year away from free agency.|
|It remains to be seen how the Padres will get Ensberg at-bats or what he’ll do with them, but given his past production, picking him at low cost was a no-brainer.|