Report: Padres poaching Hill, Choi from Pirates

Report: Padres poaching Hill, Choi from Pirates

The San Diego Padres are finalizing a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates for left-hander Rich Hill and first baseman Ji-Man Choi, sources told ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

Pittsburgh is acquiring left-hander Jackson Wolf, outfielder Estuar Suero, and utility player Alfonso Rivas in return, The Athletic’s Dennis Li and Britt Ghiroli reports.

The 43-year-old Hill joins the 13th team of his career. He’s authored a 4.76 ERA in 22 starts for the Pirates this season.

Meanwhile, Choi heads to the Padres after only appearing in 23 games for the Pirates following an offseason trade with the Tampa Bay Rays. The 32-year-old owns a .731 OPS with six home runs and 11 RBIs in 76 plate appearances.

Wolf is ranked as the Padres’ No. 16 prospect by MLB Pipeline. The 6-foot-7 southpaw appeared in one game for San Diego this season, allowing six hits and three earned runs in five innings. He’s spent most of the campaign at Double-A, going 8-9 with a 4.08 ERA and 10.7 K/9 in 88 1/3 innings.

Suero is a 17-year-old Dominican outfielder, who slashed .216/.306/.345 with 23 RBIs in the Arizona Complex League.

Rivas, 26, has 127 games of big-league experience under his belt with the Chicago Cubs and Padres. He owns a .627 OPS in eight games this season.

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