SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Padres have made a move ahead of the Major League Baseball trade deadline as the team pushes for a playoff spot.
The Padres on Tuesday traded with the Pittsburgh Pirates to acquire left-handed pitcher Rich Hill and first baseman Ji-Man Choi, the team announced.
The Padres will be sending away first baseman Alfonso Rivas and a pair of prospects — left-handed pitcher Jackson Wolf and outfielder Estuar Suero.
Hill has made 22 starts in 2023 with a 4.76 ERA. The 43-year-old pitcher is the oldest player in baseball, according to MLB.
On the season, Choi is batting .205/.224/.507, but he has been on a hot streak since coming the injured list for an Achilles strain, the San Diego Union-Tribune said. In his last 44 plate appearances he has hit .268/.296/.634 with four home runs and three doubles.
Hill is expected to move into the Padres starting rotation while Choi can make starts at first base and as a designated hitter.
Despite a disappointing 52-55 record so far on the season, the move is a signal that the club is still intending to push for a playoff spot in 2023, as both Choi and Hill are set to become free agents after the season.
As of 1 p.m. Tuesday, the Padres had not officially announced the trade or any other deadline deals.
The MLB trade deadline is set for 3 p.m. Tuesday. Once the trade deadline passes, teams will no longer be able to trade with each other for the remainder of the 2023 season.