The Padres have agreed to a split deal with Catcher Pedro SeverinoRobert Murray of FanSided reports (Twitter link) According to Murray, the deal will pay him $1.95 million if he majors and includes an additional $550,000 in performance bonuses. Severino will not immediately secure a spot on the 40-man roster, according to Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union-Tribune .
Severino, 29, has appeared in the majors in each of the last eight seasons. He broke into the Nationals as a depth player, playing in 35 combined games from 2015-17. The backstop got plenty of action over the next four seasons, which he split between the Nats and Orioles. While he struggled mightily during his final season in Washington, he posted respectable offensive numbers for a catcher during his three years in Baltimore.
Severino hit .249/.315/.397 in 938 plate appearances in 2019-21. He connected on 29 home runs with roughly league average strikeout and walk numbers. However, the Orioles did not claim him in lieu of a $3.1 million arbitration salary last season.
While partly motivated by the upcoming arrival Adli Rachman, O’s decision also reflected Severino’s defensive deficiencies. Public metrics peg him as a below-average quarterback. He generally rates as a worse-than-average hitter according to Statcast, which put him 10 runs short in that regard in 2021. Severino had 10 walks and 66 wild pitches in 883 innings during his final season. Orioles. That was the second-highest mark in MLB in both categories, and while the pitching staff certainly bears some of the blame, it didn’t reflect particularly well on his performance as a receiver.
After being released by Baltimore, he signed with the Brewers in a $1.9 million free agent deal. Before the start of the season, Severino tested positive for the performance-enhancing drug Clomiphene. She attributed that result to an unintended side effect of fertility treatments she underwent in the Dominican Republic.
Severino was suspended for 80 games. Shortly after that ban, Milwaukee acquired Victor Karatini From the Padres to mate Omar Narvaez. The Brewers reinstated Severino in July, but he appeared in just eight games as the team’s No. 3 catcher before being designated for assignment. He was not claimed on waivers and played the season at Triple-A Nashville, where he hit .308/.349/.496 with four homers over 126 plate appearances.
The right-handed hitter qualified for minor league free agency at the end of the year. He lands in San Diego, the fourth organization of his career. The Friars currently have Austin Nola, Luis Camposano and: Brett Sullivan (coincidentally part of the trade package for Caratini) as the quarterbacks on the 40-man roster. Severino slides behind that group as a depth option.