Another former member of the Arizona Diamondbacks has found a new home. Left-handed reliever Tony Sipp signed a Minor League deal with the San Diego Padres with an invitation to Spring Training. The news was first tweeted by Corey Brock, the Padres reporter at mlb.com. Sipp will attempt to join a revamped Padres’ bullpen that has seen the addition of Patrick Schuster and Alex Torres and the subtraction of standout setup man Luke Gregerson.
Sipp, originally selected by the Cleveland Indians in the 45th round of the 2004 draft, came to the D’backs in December 2012 in the three way deal that also netted Didi Gregorius and Lars Anderson and sent the Tribe Trevor Bauer and the Cincinnati Reds Shin-Soo Choo. Unfortunately for the likeable Sipp, things didn’t go as planned. In 56 games, he went 3-2 with a 4.78 ERA. In only 37 2/3 innings, the lefty surrendered 35 hits and 22 walks while striking out 42. He also gave up six home runs, a high number for a low amount of innings pitched. He was sent to Triple A Reno in early Agust before being recalled in September. The D’backs officially cut ties with Sipp when they designated him for assignment in November.
We wish Tony Sipp the best of luck in San Diego except for those games when toes the rubber against Arizona.