AP sources: Padres to obtain Middlebrooks from Red Sox

FILE - In this March 27, 2014, file photo, Boston Red Sox Will Middlebrooks hits an RBI double in the seventh inning of an exhibition baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Fort Myers, Fla. Two people with knowledge of the deal say the San Diego Padres have agreed to obtain third baseman Will Middlebrooks from the Boston Red Sox for catcher Ryan Hanigan. The people spoke with The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, because the trade hasn't been announced. The deal is pending medical approvals. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Padres have agreed to obtain third baseman Will Middlebrooks from the Boston Red Sox for catcher Ryan Hanigan, two people with knowledge of the deal said Friday.

The people spoke with The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the trade hasn’t been announced. The deal is pending medical approvals.

Hanigan was obtained by San Diego from Tampa Bay on Friday in an 11-player, three-team deal that also brought outfielder Wil Myers, the 2013 AL Rookie of the Year, to the Padres.

It’s the fifth big trade Padres general manager A.J. Preller has made in just more than a week. Preller has also obtained Matt Kemp, Justin Upton and Derek Morris in an effort to bolster the worst offense in the majors.

Middlebrooks hit 15 homers as a rookie in 2012 and 17 in 2013 before injuries, a .191 average and shuttling up and down from Triple-A led to what he called “a rough year.”

The Padres traded third baseman Chase Headley to the New York Yankees on July 23.

Yangervis Solarte, obtained from the Yankees in that deal, had been penciled in as the Padres starter for 2015.

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