The Adrian Gonzalez trade - which feels like it happened last year - was actually swung just 11 days ago. In it, the superstar first baseman went to the Red Sox, and prospects Casey Kelly, Anthony Rizzo, and Reymond Fuentes went to the Padres. However, there was also a fourth player going to San Diego as well in the form of a Player To Be Named Later. And on Thursday, we have word that the PTBNL is none other than Eric Patterson.
The 27-year-old Patterson was an eighth-round pick by the Cubs in 2004. Since then he's been traded to Oakland, Boston, and now San Diego. He has experience playing second base and all three outfield positions, and has batted .224 in the Majors with a .652 OPS. His numbers in the minors are more encouraging, as his AAA OPS is .852. There's potential in his bat and he's a capable base-stealer, which makes him an interesting option off the bench or even as a starter.
So that's it. The Padres and Red Sox can now move ahead with all of this behind them.