The Padres and Mariners agreed upon a seven-player deal late on Sunday night.
The San Diego Padres are a team of relevancy in 2020.
After years of an abusive relationship with their fan base, the team recently blessed the people of San Diego with a total commitment to winning it all. Free-agent signings of Eric Hosmer and Manny Machado in back-to-back off-seasons were a clear sign that this is no longer your father’s Padres.
In the last 24-hours, A.J. Preller traded for Mitch Moreland from the Boston Red Sox for Hudson Potts and Jeisson Rosario. San Diego also obtained Jason Castro from the Los Angeles Angels for Gerardo Reyes. The team is serious about contending, and the franchise is once-again, showing a commitment to success. There were issues at the catcher’s position, and the team addressed them this weekend.
Late on Sunday, the Mariners and Padres agreed upon a seven-player deal in which Austin Nola, Dan Altavilla, and Austin Adams were all obtained by the Padres for Ty France, Taylor Trammell, Andres Munoz, and Luis Torrens. A steep price for a trio of players that most casual fans are not educated upon.
Neither of the three players acquired by the Padres comes with a massive pedigree of long-term success. If you don’t follow the game closely, you would have a hard time justifying their value.
Each player is enjoying recent success at the major-league level and capable of taking their game to the next level. They are pieces to the puzzle for a team on a quest for a championship. Nola is the big acquisition for the Padres as he is statistically the best hitting catcher in the Major Leagues right now. The right-handed hitter, teamed with a left-handed hitting Jason Castro means that the Padres have an excellent duo behind the plate. The future of Austin Hedges and Francisco Mejia is cloudy at best.
Nola, in 300 plus major league at-bats, holds a .827 OPS. The right-handed hitter is versatile and can play first base and second base if needed. The 30-year-old played eight years in the minors and knows what it takes to become a major leaguer. He is a gamer and could see time all over the field in this modern era of the game, where players are expected to be able to perform at multiple positions during a game.
7-player deal, going to be finalized tonight, per source:
Padres get: C Austin Nola, RHP Dan Altavilla, RHP Austin Adams
Mariners get: IF Ty France, OF Taylor Trammell, RHP Andres Muñoz, C Luis Torrens
And no, the Padres aren’t done trying to maneuver.
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Altavilla and Adams strengthen the bullpen after the loss of Kirby Yates. The Padres want a veteran option in the pen and these two men provide that for San Diego.
The Padres may have traded an excellent crop of young players, but the major league team has easily improved. When you are in search of a championship trophy, you need to make deals like this. A.J. Preller shows that he is not afraid to make a trade. Expect more from the young G.M. as the trade deadline is Monday afternoon.