San Diego Padres' Franchy Cordero bats during the second inning of a spring training baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, in Surprise, Ariz. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

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The San Diego Padres continue to make trades as Major League Baseball prepares to return this month. 

On Thursday, the club acquired reliever Tim Hill from the Kansas City Royals for outfielder Franchy Cordero and right-handed pitcher Ronald Bolanos.

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We have acquired RHP Ronald Bolaños and OF Franchy Cordero from the San Diego Padres for LHP Tim Hill. #Royals

In late June, the Padres dealt for shortstop prospect Jorge Mateo from the Oakland Athletics for a player to be named later.

Cordero, 25, is entering his third year in the majors but has struggled to stick in the lineup after a number of injuries over the last two seasons. 

The outfielder can play all three positions and has a career slash line of .240/.306/.431 with 10 home runs in 246 at-bats. Cordero brings both power and speed to the lineup and previously hit a home run 489 feet in 2018. 

In Bolanos, the Royals get a 23-year-old who MLB Pipeline ranks the 16th-best prospect in Kansas City’s organization. On a scale of 20-80, Bolanos’ fastball earned a score of 60 with a curveball grade of 55. 

Per Pipeline:

“At 6’3″, Bolanos features a strong starter’s build, and he could still grow into his frame a bit. His fastball sits around 94 mph, though it can touch 97. Bolanos has made strides with his secondary options as well, particularly his breaking pitches. Both are high-spin offerings, with the slider sitting in the mid-to-high 80s and biting sharply, while the curve drops but still hits 80 mph.” 

Bolanos started in High-A ball last year, eventually pitching 19.2 innings for the Padres with a 5.95 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 19 strikeouts. 

Hill, meanwhile, provides San Diego with another lefty out of the bullpen.

Only two years into his major league career, Hill saw action in 46 games last season with 3.63 ERA, 1.109 WHIP, 39 strikeouts and 13 walks. 

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