Earlier today, the San Diego Padres and Oakland A’s made a trade that is a win-win situation. Both teams get help in needed areas. The Padres will receive lefty Drew Pomeranz and lefty Jose Torres. Also, the Padres will get another player in the deal, but to be later announced. Now, the A’s will obtain first baseman Yonder Alonso and southpaw Marc Rzepczynski.
Now, Drew Pomeranz has been up and down in his career, but found his career kicking off with 2 successful seasons in Oakland. Pomeranz went 10-10 with a 3.08 ERA in 155 innings. The 27 year old struck out 146 batters. Pomeranz will most likely earn a paycheck around $1.3-1.5 mil. Pomeranz is under team control trough the 2018 season. Pomeranz can either start in the rotation or be a solid inning eater in the bullpen. Pomeranz will most likely get a chance to pitch for a spot in the rotation.
Next, Jose Torres is a 22 year old southpaw. Torres pitched between low Single-A and high Single-A. Torres’ season ended by going 4-5 with a 2.56 ERA in 77.1 innings. Torres struck out 84 batters. Torres pitched the whole 2015 season out of the bullpen. Torres will start most likely in high Single-A and if he does good from the start he could be promoted quickly to Double-A.
Meanwhile, Yonder Alonso to the Athletics ends the Ike Davis project. Alonso has not lived up to his power hype that he had when he was first dealt to the Padres. Hard to say that because of Petco Park being a friendly pitcher’s park. However, Alonso has been a solid contact hitter in his career and that will help him in O.co Coliseum, which is the home of the Oakland A’s. Alonso had a bounce back year by hitting a slash line of .282/.361/.381/.742. Alonso popped only 5 homers and drove in 31 RBIs. The 28 year old only played in 103 games due to injuries and platooning here and there. Alonso is entering his final year of arbitration and is set to make $2.5 mil. Yonder will be a favorite to finish top 10 in the American League in doubles due to the huge outfield and his ability to spread the ball around the park. Alonso will split some time at first with Mark Canha. Also, Alonso can play the outfield if Canha plays first base.
Finally, the A’s pick up a key piece for their bullpen by acquiring southpaw Marc Rzepczynski. The 30 year old is schedule to make $3 mil in his final year of arbitration. Rzepczynski will most likely be the left handed setup man in the bullpen. Marc had bad 2015 season by posting a 5.66 ERA in 35 innings pitched and only striking out 41 batters. The lefty has had lots of recent success in his career and just ran into a bump in the road. If this pickup works out then they got Marc for a steal and he could be a nice selling piece like Mark Lowe in 2015.
Grade: I will give the A’s a grade of an B and the Padres will get a C+.