The Padres and Braves are close to completing a deal that would send Christian Bethancourt to San Diego, according to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal. Rosenthal adds the two sides are working on "final details."
Joel Sherman of The New York Post was the first to report a deal was coming together Thursday. ESPN's Jayson Stark noted the Braves were open to moving Bethancourt after signing A.J. Pierzynski and Tyler Flowers.
Bethancourt, 24, has had a difficulty producing offensively at the major league level. Over 48 games last season, Bethancourt batted .200/.225/.290 to complement a pair of home runs and 12 RBIs. He was once considered one of the top prospects in the game but has also been plagued by passed balls.
In Triple-A, Bethancourt has been able to produce more consistently. Over 52 minor league contests in 2015, he batted .327/.359/.480.
Derek Norris and Austin Hedges could both see time behind the plate in 2016 and the addition of Bethancourt would give the organization catching depth. If a deal gets done, Bethancourt would likely make the Padres' roster since he is out of options.