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A’s acquire Kyle Blanks from Padres

May 15, 2014, 1:13 PM EDT

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The rumored deal between the A’s and Padres is reality, as Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union Tribune reports that Oakland has acquired outfielder/first baseman Kyle Blanks from San Diego for a pair of minor leaguers.

Blanks was once a top prospect and has always put up big numbers in the minors, but the 6-foot-6 slugger has struggled to stay healthy and his big-league production has been modest overall. However, he has 25-homer power with lots of plate discipline and could be a very nice fit in a part-time role with the platoon-friendly A’s.

Blanks has hit .295 with 33 homers and a .962 OPS in 141 games at Triple-A, so while he no longer projects as a potential star there’s still plenty of upside to be had at age 27 if he can just stay off the disabled list.

According to Lin the Padres will receive Triple-A outfielder Jake Goebbert and a player to be named later in exchange for Blanks. Goebbert was the Astros’ 13th-round pick in 2009 and came over to the A’s in the deal for Travis Blackley. He’s not much of a prospect at age 26, so unless the PTBNL proves substantial Blanks’ price tag was very reasonable.

  1. yahmule - May 15, 2014 at 1:25 PM

    You might think he would be in line for some AB’s @ 1B against LHP, but Brandon Moss is batting .320 versus southpaws this year. Go Brandon!

  2. chargrz - May 15, 2014 at 1:27 PM

    Typical trade by the Padres, they trade a player for career minor leaguers.

  3. chinahand11 - May 15, 2014 at 1:29 PM

    I hope Kyle gets a real shot. He’s never had a chance to get comfy while doing the Padres yoyo dance from minors to majors. Make’em pitch to you, kiddo.

  4. billybawl - May 15, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    PTBNL = Nate Freiman or Daric Barton?

    • timmmah10 - May 15, 2014 at 1:45 PM

      Leaves one tough hitter’s park for another… I don’t see Blanks having improved MLB numbersfrom this move.

      This gives the A’s some additional lineup flexibility utilizing the DH spot to get him into the lineup with some frequency. I’m rooting for Blanks, he looked like he was going to be a stud 4 years ago.

    • clydeserra - May 15, 2014 at 3:14 PM

      No. PTBNL can’t be someone on the ML roster, and I am pretty sure they can’t have ML service time.

      It does make them redundant.

    • yahmule - May 15, 2014 at 3:50 PM

      Freiman has been in Sacto all year. Barton received a lot of chances for a guy whose skill set includes walking.

      • moogro - May 15, 2014 at 7:22 PM


      • yahmule - May 15, 2014 at 7:35 PM

        Sacto is the preferred nickname.

  5. thisdamnbox - May 15, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    Another player whose health was ruined by running full-speed into a major league outfield fence…

  6. sd619tripleog - May 15, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    So typical of the Padres. I love my team but it’s hard to watch a pitchers duel every night and minor league talent taking the field. I feel bad for Bud Black, he’s a great manager but he’s so limited with this roster.

  7. pappageorgio - May 15, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    You think GMs see BIlly Beane’s name pop up on the phone and think “oh no”.

    He’s made a Career out of finding production from players other discard….and this one makes me think he’s about to do it again.

  8. trunks2312 - May 15, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    A couple of quick points from a Padres fan here:
    1.Blanks has had PLENTY of opportunities over the years and he’s repeatedly been sidelined by injuries, so the whole “He hasn’t been given a chance thing is crazy.
    2. I think the majority of teams do fear being had by Billy Beane……except for the Padres. They got Chris Denorfia, Tyson Ross (For Andrew Warner & Andy Parrino!!!) and Seth Smith(NL Player of the Week) from Mr.Beane.
    Let’s not read into this more than what it is. A career Minor Leaguer for two minor leaguers. I hope Blanks can stay healthy and contribute for the A’s.

    • vanmorrissey - May 15, 2014 at 3:42 PM

      Seth Smith, who’s only hitting like .320 for the putrid Luke Gregerson, who’s shine was fading after some good years. Blanks had plenty of shots, kept blowing out with an achilles, an elbow, whatever, always hurt. So yes, he’s had his opportunities and goes to show you not much upside left.

    • bronco58lb - May 15, 2014 at 4:00 PM

      Blanks hasn’t been given the chance to play only his natural position of first base. I feel in that scenario things could be different with him. 280 at-bats is his career high. That’s not a real shot. His next highest season at-bat total is 170.

      • trunks2312 - May 15, 2014 at 4:59 PM

        The reason for that number of AB’s is injuries. He’s had season ending TJ surgery, season ending shoulder surgery, issues with his foot and Achilles issues all last year. Kinda tough to find him more at bats withave that many issues. He’s in the last year of his deal, so better to get something than absolutely nothing even if it is just minor league depth. Once again hopefully he can put it all together in Oakland.

      • ptfu - May 15, 2014 at 10:29 PM

        Roaming the outfield is not great for a big guy with foot and Achilles issues. Blanks is a first baseman who’s never really had a chance at first (378 career innings in five-plus years, 208 of which came last season). He’s had over three times as many innings in LF/RF. Playing time availability is the whole reason he put on an outfielder’s glove, and then got hurt, and then missed more time…

        Good luck Kyle, hope you get a chance in Oakland and figure it out. I think he can be a decent player, maybe not an All-Star but a solid major leaguer.

  9. straightouttavtown - May 15, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    If Kyle Blanks was drafted by the Rockies, he would be outplaying Charlie Blackmon. Oakland Coliseum is another pitchers park but I bet he would trade anything to get out of Petco.

  10. robco92 - May 15, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    They should have traded Alonso to Oakland. All they care about is minor league depth not improving the big league club. Blanks is going to tear it up in Oakland, Byrnes didn’t want to be questioned about him playing first base, so he ships him out. It’s time to ship out Byrnes. I don’t get why Amarista is still on the Padres, should have sent him and Alonso packing. This sucks really have to think about buying season tickets next year when all the front office does is sit and hope guys have career years.

    • yahmule - May 15, 2014 at 7:37 PM

      I guess Oakland didn’t want to trade for Barton again.

    • ptfu - May 15, 2014 at 10:12 PM

      Amarista is a utility infielder, his job is to be flexible and back up everywhere. Obviously he is a poor hitter, but I can live with that from a utilityman/backup. If he’s playing a lot then the problem isn’t Amarista, it’s that others keep getting hurt.

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