The San Diego Padres today announced they have traded right-handed pitcher Cory Burns to the Texas Rangers in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Executive Vice President/General Manager Josh Byrnes made the announcement.
Burns, 25, was previously designated for assignment by the Padres on November 20. He made his Major League debut for San Diego in 2012, going 0-1 with a 5.50 ERA (11 ER/18.0 IP) and 18 strikeouts against 10 walks over 17 relief outings. The right-hander also went 1-2 with a 3.14 ERA (23 ER/66.0 IP) and 78 strikeouts against 17 walks over 54 relief outings for Triple-A Tucson this past season. Acquired by the Padres in December 2011 from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for OF Aaron Cunningham, he was originally selected by the Indians in the eighth round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft. Over parts of four minor league seasons with the Indians (2009-11) and Padres (2012) organizations, he has gone 7-11 with a 2.36 ERA (56 ER/213.1 IP) and 266 strikeouts against 52 walks in 184 relief outings.