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Reports: Padres Acquire Derek Norris from A’s 

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The wire just keeps on running it seems.

The San Diego Padres have acquired All-Star Catcher Derek Norris from the Oakland Athletics, according to Mark Polishuk with MLB Trade Rumors. Norris was acquired along with RHP Seth Streich and an international signing in exchanged for Padres RHP Jesse Hahn and R.J. Alvarez. Neither club has made the trade announcement official up to this point.

Norris, a 25-year old Veteran who appeared in his first All-Star game last season, carries a career .246/.336/.392 line with 119 RBI and 26 homeruns over three seasons. Last season, Norris posted a .270/.361/.403 line with the Oakland A’s. As a 4th Round Draft Pick back in the 2007 Amateur Draft out of high school, Norris worked his way through the minors and finally made his debut back in June of 2012 at the age of 23.

Much like the other recent Padres acquisitions, Norris carries with him some Postseason experience, having collected only a couple of hits in the 2012 and 2014 postseason games with one RBI. Norris is sure to make an excellent addition to a Padres team that no longer has to search for Major League caliber backstop talent.

Streich, a 23-year old Minor Leaguer who was drafted in the 6th Round of the 2012 MLB Draft by Oakland, spent his 2014 campaign pitching with the Stockton Ports of the California League. Streich posted a 9-6 record with a 3.16 ERA in 22 games as a starter, collecting 116 strikeouts in the process. While it’s unclear if Streich’s numbers will translate to the Major League Level anytime soon, it’s a nice pickup for a team that loves to focus on building up pitching talent.

Although the Padres will be losing Hahn and Alvarez, both who were acquired from the Tampa Bay Rays and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim respectively, the team has continued to maintain control over its starting rotation and a number of top caliber prospects. Hahn was acquired last offseason with Alex Torres in exchange for Brad Boxberger and Logan Forsythe, along with a handful of other minor league prospects, while Alvarez was a key part of the trade that sent All-Star closer Huston Street up to Anaheim.

More information on this move as it becomes official, along with thoughts and reactions to the recent flurry of transactions at the hand of new GM A.J. Preller, will be posted here on The Friarhood.



About the author: Ian Edward Russell Smith

Ian is a former writer for the San Diego Padres, having worked as the Padres' "In-Season Blogger" during the 2015 season. Ian wrote as a member of the Friarhood's writing staff between parts of 2013-2015, writing over 100 articles over that span. In addition to being a writer, Ian is also a recent graduate of California Western School of Law in San Diego, having earned a Juris Doctor, as well as his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science/Law & Society from the University of California, Riverside. Be sure to follow Ian on Twitter (@SDRedBull8) to see what other ramblings he's posted about the Padres, San Diego, and baseball in general!