Padres Send Pyznarski to Milwaukee to Complete Deal for Randy Ready

The Padres sent Triple-A first baseman Tim Pyznarski to the Milwaukee Brewers Wednesday, completing a deal that was made last summer.

The Padres acquired infielder Randy Ready from the Brewers on June 12 for a player to be named, and that player has now turned out to be Pyznarski, who was the Pacific Coast League MVP in 1986.

Pyznarski, 26, batted .326 for the Las Vegas Stars last year, with 23 homers and 119 RBIs. Called up to the Padres in September, he went 10 for 42 (.238) in 15 games and struck out 11 times. In 135 games at Las Vegas, he struck out 127 times.

"I had to give them (Milwaukee) a decent player, and I didn't want to give them one of the guys off my (24-man) roster," Padre General Manager Jack McKeon said. "I just made a bunch of guys available to them. We hammered it out for two weeks, trying to agree on a player, and I didn't want to have to return Ready, because I think he has more of a chance to contribute to our club since he (Pyznarski) is a first baseman. Even though he had a good year at Las Vegas, we have (Steve) Garvey, (Carmelo) Martinez and possibly (John) Kruk to play first base."

Ready, 26, will be given every chance to win the third baseman job this coming spring. He had to leave the team last year when his wife, Dorene, collapsed and went into a coma. She awoke, but had brain damage. So he tended to her and missed the rest of the season.

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