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A’s interested in Padres outfielder Kyle Blanks

May 13, 2014, 11:51 AM EDT

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Kyle Blanks hasn’t gotten much playing time since being called up from Triple-A by the Padres last week and now Joe Stiglich of reports that the A’s “have shown interest in trading for” the 27-year-old outfielder/first baseman.

Blanks was once a top prospect, but injuries have repeatedly derailed his career and now he’s a lifetime .228 hitter in 806 plate appearances. He does, however, have 28 homers and 71 walks in that action for a .712 OPS that’s pretty decent for someone calling Petco Park home, and if given a chance in a part-time role the right-handed hitting Blanks could certainly knock around left-handed pitching. And no one loves platooning more than the A’s.

Blanks is 6-foot-6 and 265 pounds, and as a minor leaguer he put up some huge numbers while ranking among Baseball America‘s top 100 prospects. In 141 total games at Triple-A he’s hit .295 with 33 homers and a .962 OPS.

  1. icanspeel - May 13, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    Change of scenery might be good for him. With Quentin coming off the DL, there isn’t much room for Blanks on the roster.

  2. xpensivewinos - May 13, 2014 at 12:04 PM

    The Padres have been void of talent for years and Blanks still couldn’t play well enough to earn playing time at first or in the outfield. Look at the dreck that’s in front of him right now and he can’t even beat these stiffs out for playing time.

    4-A player. No mystery.

    • Reflex - May 13, 2014 at 2:41 PM

      He has less than two full seasons in the majors. He’s never had a real chance. His problem is injuries depriving him of opportunity, not a lack of talent.

  3. hoopmatch - May 13, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    If Billy Beane wanted one of my guys, I think twice about trading him.

    • icanspeel - May 13, 2014 at 4:41 PM

      Billy Beane doesn’t always win…. look at the trade he made to the Padres for Tyson Ross. The 2 players he got didn’t quite pan out…

  4. tablescrappy - May 13, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    If it means Daric Barton goes away forever, I’m all for the deal.

  5. jazynaz - May 14, 2014 at 12:38 AM

    billy beane has held onto barton through a lot of players. maybe he’ll trade sogard and ? for blanks, if he really wants him. beane has such a hardcore barton crush, and for so many years now, that he might not be able to let him go. some relationships don’t end very gracefully, you know. i sure hope my comment turns out to be pure sarcasm!

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