The Milwaukee Brewers acquired outfielder Rymer Liriano from the San Diego Padres on Thursday, in exchange for left-handed reliever Trevor Seidenberger.
To make room for Lirano on their 40-man roster, the Brewers designated outfielder Shane Peterson for assignment.
The 24-year-old Lirano, who was once considered one of the best prospects in the Padres farm system, played last season at Class AA El Paso and hit .292 with 14 homer runs and 64 RBI in 131 games. But he also struck out 132 times.
Brewers general manager David Stearns received input from the Brewers new bench coach Pat Murphy, who managed at El Paso last season before moving up to become San Diego’s interim manager.
Liriano is out of options, so he has to make the team to stay on the 40-man roster.
As for Shane Peterson, if he clears waivers, it’s likely the Brewers would try to keep him in the organization.