San Diego Padres history: 5 notable trades from the month of August

What are some of the most memorable moments for the San Diego Padres in the month of August? We take a look at some notable deals that happened this month.

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San Diego Padres catcher Austin Nola
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August 31, 2020: Seattle Mariners sent Austin Nola, Austin Adams and Dan Altavilla to the Padres for Ty France, Andres Munoz, Luis Torrens and Taylor Trammell

The pandemic-shortened 2020 season empowered Padres president of baseball operation A.J. Preller to win the trade deadline with a complete makeover of the team’s roster. The first trade acquired a top-flight starting pitcher, but the second trade with the Seattle Mariners brought instant recognition that the Friars were chasing a postseason berth.

Catching is the most physically demanding position on the field. Thus, it is risky to trade for a veteran catcher. The unknown factor is pinpointing an end date to when their skills will decline. But, Preller took a gamble on Austin Nola as the Padres were desperate for an upgrade behind the dish. Unfortunately, the trade results have not been favorable for the Friars.

Preller was in a “win-now” mode to gain a postseason berth. But if you are looking for an “under the radar” player given away by the Padres in the trade, it is Andres Munoz. He has proven to be a valuable setup reliever in the Seattle Mariners bullpen. The analytic numbers do not lie. Opposing teams are hitting .189 with a 35.6% this season. Currently, Munoz is 2-4 with a 2.96 ERA in 25 appearances. His velocity is outstanding, as he has struck out 96 batters in 69 IP. All of the stats are well above the major league average for relievers. Munoz could have been a valuable piece to the Friars pen this season.