The San Diego Padres traded first baseman Yonder Alonso and left-handed reliever Mark Rzepczynski to the Oakland Athletics for left-handers Drew Pomeranz, Jose Torres and either a player to be named later or cash.
Alonso had served as the team’s starting first baseman since 2012 when he was acquired by the Cincinnati Reds in an offseason trade.
Over his four seasons with the team, he batted .271 with a .339 on-base percentage in 439 games. Last season he led the team in batting average (.282) and on-base percentage (.361), but his power numbers were down in all four years with the Padres.
He’s hit 32 homers in his six-year career, 27 with the Padres and five last year. His career-high was nine, which he set back in 2012.
Pomeranz, 27, is the main piece coming back from the Athletics. He’s served as both a starter and reliever in his five-year career that began with the Rockies.
Last season he made nine starts and appeared in 53 games for the A’s, totaling a 3.66 ERA and 82 strikeouts in 86 innings. He also racked up three saves.
He boasts a 4.07 career ERA and has started 49 games in 107 total appearances. It remains to be seen whether he will be a reliever or starter, but his lefty arm will be highly valued in a staff that consists mostly of right-handers.
Torres pitched for Single-A affiliates for the A’s last season and went 4-5 with a 2.56 ERA and eight saves in 47 relief appearances. Last season was the first year the 22-year-old pitched only in relief. He was signed by the A’s as a free agent out of Venezuela in 2010.
The trade of Alonso potentially opens up a full-time spot for at first base for Wil Myers, who played there exclusively after coming off wrist injuries last season.