Olivo to Padres
The San Diego Padres today acquired catcher Miguel Olivo from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for catcher Miguel Ojeda and minor league right-handed pitcher Nathanel Mateo.
Olivo, you know. I think all of us here at the USS Mariner were quite high on Olivo both at the time he was acquired as well as heading into this season, and instead of taking that next step, he fell flat on his face.
Here’s Ojeda’s 2005. Here’s Mateo’s. Perhaps we’re trying to corner the market on right-handed pitchers named Mateo? BP ’05 likes his fastball-slider combo, saying his live, rubber arm (they actually say he has an Everday Eddie rubber arm, believe it or not) could make him a cheap, effective member of sombody’s 2006 bullpen.
In a very small sample, Ojeda has shown the ability to hit lefties (though we used to say that about Olivo, as you may recall). Frankly, the M’s should be overjoyed to have gotten anything at all for Olivo at this point, particularly a potentially interesting arm like Mateo. And for those of you looking for info on him, it appears his first name is actually spelled Natanael, not Nathanel as in the article.