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Padres make Minors trade among roster moves

Club acquires Bartsch from Royals, adds three to 40-man, designates Boyer
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SAN DIEGO -- The Padres tidied up their 40-man roster on Thursday in advance of the Rule 5 Draft next month, pulling off a trade, adding three to the roster while shedding two other players.

The Padres traded outfielder Reymond Fuentes to the Royals in exchange for left-handed pitcher Kyle Bartsch. Bartsch, 23, was 5-5 with seven saves and a 2.29 ERA last season with Class A Advanced Wilmington.

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres tidied up their 40-man roster on Thursday in advance of the Rule 5 Draft next month, pulling off a trade, adding three to the roster while shedding two other players.

The Padres traded outfielder Reymond Fuentes to the Royals in exchange for left-handed pitcher Kyle Bartsch. Bartsch, 23, was 5-5 with seven saves and a 2.29 ERA last season with Class A Advanced Wilmington.

Fuentes, who would have had to have been protected on the 40-man roster, appeared in 88 games in 2014, hitting .293 between Double-A San Antonio and Triple-A El Paso. Fuentes hit .152 in 23 games for the Padres in 2013.

Fuentes had a big year in the Minor Leagues in '13, hitting .330 at two levels with 35 steals, prompting a big league promotion.

Also on Thursday, the Padres added outfielder Alex Dickerson, right-handed pitcher Tayron Guerrero and infielder Taylor Lindsey to the 40-man roster.

Dickerson, obtained last winter from the Pirates, missed most of last season after needing heal surgery on his left foot after injuring it in Spring Training. Dickerson returned to play in 34 games in San Antonio, hitting .321 with three home runs and 24 RBIs.

Video: Top Prospects: Alex Dickerson, OF, Padres

Guerrero was a combined 6-1 with a 1.45 ERA in two Minor League stops last season, both in Class A. He had 56 strikeouts in 49 2/3 innings. He also pitched in the Arizona Fall League, allowing 10 runs over four innings.

Video: Top Prospects: Tayron Guerrero, RHP, Padres

Lindsey was obtained in July from the Angels in the Huston Street deal. He played second and third base for El Paso, hitting .219 in 159 at-bats after the trade.

The team also designated two players for assignment -- right-handed pitcher Blaine Boyer and outfielder Yeison Asencio.

Video: SD@COL: Boyer pitches two perfect innings of relief

Boyer got back to the big leagues for the first time since 2011 this past season. He had a 3.57 ERA in 32 games out of the bullpen.

Asencio hit a combined .291 with 15 home runs and 59 RBIs between two Minor League stops. He won the Midwest League batting title with Fort Wayne (.323) in 2012.

The Padres left a handful of interesting prospects unprotected, including pitchers Justin Hancock, James Needy, Adys Portillo and Johnny Barbato.

Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter.

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