The San Diego Padres still haven't recovered from this 2020 A.J. Preller trade

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Recently, we wrote a piece rehashing the four worst moves made by San Diego Padres' GM A.J. Preller since 2014. But as a handful of fans have correctly observed, there's another trade that merited inclusion on that list. Let's address it.

At the 2020 trade deadline, the Padres and Mariners swung a seven-player trade that sent catcher Austin Nola and relievers Austin Adams and Dan Altavilla to San Diego in exchange for then-prospect Taylor Trammell, first baseman Ty France, catcher Luis Torrens and reliever Andres Munoz.

Re-visiting the Padres and Mariners' 2020 Austin Nola-Ty France swap

To say that this trade didn't pan out as A.J. Preller's team envisioned would be understating its aftermath. That's the cost of being active on the trade market, though, as Preller has infamously been.

For starters, the two relievers the Padres acquired, Austin Adams and Dan Altavilla, aren't even with the organization anymore. Adams is with Arizona, while Altavilla is with the Boston Red Sox. So that's not a good look.

Austin Nola, on the other hand, has been ... fine. That's a far cry from the player San Diego thought it was acquiring, however.

Nola had an .827 OPS and 125 OPS+ in three seasons as a plus-hitting catcher for the Seattle Mariners prior to being dealt to the Padres. Since arriving in Southern California, though, it's been a much different (and worse) story for the 33-year-old, whose OPS has since fallen to .653. His OPS+? Just 88, well below the MLB average of 100. That's a steep drop-off.

This gaffe only looks worse when you discover how incredible Ty France has been for the Mariners. France has blossomed into an All-Star first baseman and a team leader for Seattle, while Andres Munoz has become a trusted, fire-balling weapon out of the bullpen for manager Scott Servais when healthy. And though San Diego may not miss Taylor Trammell or Luis Torrens much, the emergences of Ty France and Andres Munoz, respectively, must sting.

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