The Oakland Athletics and the San Diego Padres have announced they have agreed to a multi-player deal. The Athletics acquire first baseman Yonder Alonso and relief pitcher Marc Rzepczynski in exchange for left hander Drew Pomeranz and minor-league pitcher Jose Torres and a player to be named later. Keith Law of ESPN was the first to report on the deal being close.
#Athletics acquire Marc Rzepcynski and Yonder Alonso from San Diego for Drew Pomeranz, Jose Torres and a player to be named later.
— Oakland Athletics (@Athletics) December 2, 2015
Alonso was eligible to be non-tendered by tonight’s deadline. Alonso will join an Athletics team that finished in last place in the American League West with a 68-94 record. The Athletics will be Alonso’s third team in his six-year career. Alonso was a first round draft pick by the Reds back in the 2008 draft. Coming off a disappointing 2015 campaign where he batted .282 with only 5 home runs and 31 runs batted in 103 games played, the Athletics hope a change of scenery will be able to rejuvenate Alonso. Billy Beane previously acquired Jed Lowrie from the Astros and now with Alonso, is trying to shake up a roster that under-achieved in 2o15.
The Athletics also acquired left-handed reliever Marc Rzepczynski, who will be able to slide in as a specialist in late in games. This will be the fourth time Rzepczynski has been traded in his seven-year career. Rzepczynski has a career 3.86 ERA with 319 strikeouts.
The Padres will receive pitcher Drew Pomeranz, who has played for the Colorado Rockies and the Athletics in his five-year career. Pomeranz will mostly slide into the back-end of the Padres rotation that had a 4.32 average ERA last year.
The Padres were very active last winter, and similarly to the Athletics, they did not meet expectations. With a 74-88 record, the Padres General Manager A.J. Preller has already moved All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel and Joaquin Benoit. With Alonso now on his way to Oakland, questions will continue to surround the Padres this winter.