San Diego Padres Sign Recently Released Pitcher

The San Diego Padres have made an intriguing move by signing right-handed pitcher Blake Cederlind to a minor-league contract.

Cederlind, 27, had an eventful journey leading up to this signing. After being released by the Pittsburgh Pirates in late May, Cederlind showcased both promise and struggles during his limited performance this season.

He appeared in just five games for Single-A Bradenton, where he faced some challenges, reflected in his numbers—a 13.50 ERA, a 2.00 WHIP, and a 6/6 K/BB ratio over six innings pitched.

Despite his recent difficulties, Cederlind's history provides a glimmer of hope. He made his Major League Baseball debut in 2020 but was subsequently sidelined due to Tommy John surgery, causing him to miss the entire 2021 season and a portion of 2022.

When healthy, Cederlind has displayed strong performances and a powerful sinker that has caught the attention of the Padres.

For his minor-league career, he holds a 5.20 ERA, 1.49 WHIP, with 184 strikeouts across 190.1 innings of work.

With this signing, the Padres are taking a calculated risk, recognizing Cederlind's potential as a talented pitcher. By adding him to their minor-league bullpen, they aim to provide him with an opportunity to regain his form and contribute to their pitching depth.

It remains a challenging road ahead for Cederlind, but the Padres are willing to give him a chance, considering his previous successes and the potential he holds. Photo Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports