Padres, Athletics Swap Alonso and Pomeranz
Keith Law of ESPN.com was the first to report anything about a trade between the San Diego Padres and the Oakland Athletics. He tweeted that the two sides were “close to a deal that would send Yonder Alonso and Mark Rzepczynski to Oakland for Drew Pomeranz and LHP Jose Torres.” His initial report was later confirmed by MLB.com’s Padres beat writer Corey Brock who mentions that the Padres will also receive cash or a PTBNL in the deal.
Considering that Alonso and Rzepczynski were possible non-tender candidates, this looks like a pretty good deal for the Padres. For two years of Alonso and one year of Rzepczynski, they receive three years of Pomeranz, and Torres, who has yet to make his Major League debut. Pomeranz helps address San Diego’s need for a left-handed pitcher, and he has experience as both a reliever and a starter, so that gives the Padres some options. The Cleveland Indians selected Pomeranz fifth overall in the 2010 MLB Amateur Draft, ahead of players such as Matt Harvey (7), Chris Sale (13), and Noah Syndergaard (38). Pomeranz had arthroscopic surgery on his throwing shoulder in late October, but is expected to be ready for Spring Training.
As for Torres, he is a 22-year-old left-handed pitcher who, prior to the trade, ranked 23rd on MLB.com’s list of Oakland Athletics Top 30 Prospects. According to their scouting report, Torres “stood out as one of the most improved pitchers in the Athletics system in 2015.” His fastball velocity increased and now sits at 92-94 mph, and can reach as high as 96. His control and command has also seen improvement, “as he’s throwing more strikes and more quality strikes.” He also throws a slider and a change-up, but both pitches could use refinement. He has experience as a starter, but he pitched in 47 games last year, all as a reliever. Unless he develops at least three quality pitches, that’s probably where his future lies.
Overall, this seems like a good trade for the Padres. What do you guys think?
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