With the Matt Kemp and Wil Myers deals done, the Padres decided to go and grab some extra offense. Not from the infield though. From acquiring another catcher. Per Yahoo’s Jeff Passan, the Padres acquired A’s All-Star catcher Derek Norris.
In his age 25 season last year, Norris hit .270/.361/.403 in 127 games with 10 homers and 55 RBI. Norris struggled in the second half of last season, hitting just .245 with two homers and 17 RBI in 57 games. Streich was the A’s sixth round pick back in 2012 and at High-A Stockton went 9-6 with a 3.16 ERA in 22 starts, striking out 116 in 114 innings.
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Alvarez was the big power arm prospect in the Huston Street deal the Padres made last July. He threw in 10 games last season for the Padres, striking out nine in eight innings while giving up just run.
Hahn went 7-4 in 14 games with the Padres last season, going 7-4 with a 3.07 ERA including 12 starts and gives the A’s an extra starter with Jarrod Parker and A.J. Griffin coming back from Tommy John surgery this year.
A.J. Preller is not done. He has three catchers and seven outfielders that the Padres could use and not much of an infield to speak of. This trade may also mean that top prospect Austin Hedges is available in trades since Norris is just 25 years old.
Stay tuned Padres fans.