The Padres aren’t stopping. A day after completing a three-team, eleven-player trade with the Rays and Nationals, San Diego has reportedly just about wrapped up the troubled Matt Kemp deal, and now they’re moving on to yet another trade.
According to multiple reports, the Padres are sending pitchers Jesse Hahn and R.J. Alvarez to the A’s for catcher Derek Norris and pitcher Seth Streich. The Padres are also getting an international slot, per Jeff Passan. I dig this deal on both sides, as Hahn is an intriguing young starting option and Alvarez is a promising young reliever, and Norris is a quality young catcher. Streich is a decent pitching prospect.
Oh, yeah, the A’s. I guess I could have just as easily led off with “the A’s aren’t stopping.” It’s becoming clear what they’re aiming to accomplish this offseason, and it’s not too surprising: the A’s are trying to cut costs while getting younger and remaining competitive. Sure, that sounds like most teams, but Billy Beane’s A’s have been doing it for years. While some of the deals look strange, I wouldn’t bet against them just yet.
As for the Padres, they get stronger on the offensive side, replacing the bat they lost in Yasmani Grandal with Norris. They’ve traded a ton of their young pitching depth in the last week, but the Padres know that it was the other side of the ball where they really struggled last year. If they want to win in 2015 – and clearly they do – these are moves they have to make. Good for them, I guess.
With Norris headed to San Diego, you can count the Padres out on back-up catcher David Ross, who is now presumably choosing between the Cubs and Red Sox.
Some are already speculating that the A’s are going to now shop some of their young pitching for a bat:
Can't imagine the A's will keep all this pitching. Have to think they're prepping for a bigger move, like an Upton or Tulowitzki.
— Jane Lee (@JaneMLB) December 19, 2014