SAN DIEGO – The San Diego Padres today announced they have acquired right-handed pitcher Tyson Ross and infielder A.J. Kirby-Jones from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for infielder Andy Parrino and left-handed pitcher Andrew Werner. Executive Vice President/General Manager Josh Byrnes made the announcement.
Ross, 25, split the 2012 season between Oakland and Triple-A Sacramento, going 2-11 with a 6.50 ERA (53 ER/73.1 IP) in 18 games, 13 starts, for the Athletics and 6-2 with a 2.99 ERA (26 ER/78.1 IP) in 15 games, 13 starts, for the River Cats in the Pacific Coast League. Originally selected by the Athletics in the second round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of California, the right-hander has gone 6-18 with a 5.33 ERA (88 ER/148.2 IP) over 53 games, 21 starts, over parts of three Major League seasons with Oakland (2010-12). Ross is the older brother of Padres’ first-round selection from the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, right-handed pitcher Joe Ross.
Kirby-Jones, 24, spent the 2012 season with Single-A Stockton in the Athletics organization, hitting .248 (99-for-399) with 16 doubles, three triples, 21 home runs, 69 RBI and 62 runs scored in 115 games played. The right-handed hitter spent the past season primarily at first base. Originally selected by the Athletics in the ninth round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft out of Tennessee Tech University, Kirby-Jones has hit .248 (241-for-971) with 44 doubles, three triples, 48 home runs, 161 RBI and 148 runs scored in 284 games played over parts of three minor league seasons (2010-12) in the Athletics’ organization.
Parrino, 27, hit .207 (24-for-116) with five doubles, one home run, six RBI and nine runs scored in 55 games for San Diego this past season. In 65 games for Triple-A Tucson in 2012, he hit .328 (77-for-235) with 23 doubles, three triples, one home run, 32 RBI and 43 runs scored. Originally selected by the Padres in the 26th round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, the switch-hitter has hit .200 (32-for-160) with six doubles, one home run, 10 RBI and 12 runs scored in 79 games over parts of two Major League seasons (2011-12) with San Diego.
Werner, 25, made his Major League debut for the Padres in 2012, going 2-3 with a 5.58 ERA (25 ER/40.1 IP) over eight starts. The southpaw also went 5-10 with a 3.70 ERA (52 ER/126.1 IP) over 22 starts between Double-A San Antonio and Triple-A Tucson last season. Originally signed by the Padres as a non-drafted free agent in November of 2010, Werner has gone 12-18 with a 3.46 ERA (101 ER/262.2 IP) in 47 starts over two minor league seasons (2011-12) with the Padres organization.