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Trade Rumors Front Office subscribers sent in their mailbag questions, and I answered a bunch of them!  Let’s get to it.  For those surprised to see the paywall, please read the explanation here.

Chris asks:

It’s my understanding that Woo-Suk Go was included in the Luis Arraez trade mostly for salary relief.  What is going wrong for Go so far that caused the Padres to change their minds on him so soon after signing him?

The way things went down with the Padres and Go was a bad look for the team:

  • Sign him to a two-year, $4.5MM free agent deal in January
  • Watch him get hammered in six spring training outings; send him to Double-A
  • Go pitches well in ten outings aside from an inflated BABIP
  • Include him in the Arraez deal as an apparent salary dump, four months after the signing and without using him in the Majors

While the standard XX-B free agent has to consent to a trade if he’s signed and then traded before June 15th, Go was signed internationally, so he had no say in the matter.

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