The San Diego Padres just announced a trade made earlier today, sending 1B Yonder Alonso and relief pitcher Mark Rzepczynski to the Oakland Athletics in exchange for reliever Drew Pomeranz, minor league reliever Jose Torres, and a player to be named later (or cash considerations).
Pomeranz will help to fill the void left after the Padres traded away Joaquin Benoit and Craig Kimbrel in recent weeks.
Alonso hit .282 this past season, but once again struggled to stay healthy throughout the season. His spot as the team’s starting 1B will be up for grabs, with Brett Wallace, Wil Myers, and Derek Norris the likeliest candidates to take over the spot, depending on how the rest of the roster looks after free agency and more trades this offseason.
Torres, 22, went 4-5 with a 2.56 ERA (22 ER, 77.1 IP), eight saves and 84 strikeouts against 24 walks over 47 relief appearances in 2015, spending the majority of the season with Single-A Beloit. He’s still likely years away from the major leagues, but looks to have a solid future ahead of him.