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The San Diego Padres ran their weekend trade tally to four on Sunday — including two for catchers. First, they acquired veteran catcher Jason Castro from the Los Angeles Angels, then they made a move to get late-blooming upstart catcher Austin Nola from the Seattle Mariners in what will reportedly be a seven-player deal.
Nola, 30, brings more versatility to San Diego’s lineup. Primarily, he’s a catcher, but he can also play first, second and third base. The brother of Phillies ace Aaron Nola, he’s off to a hot start this season, hitting .306/.373/.531 with five homers and 19 RBIs.
ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported the Nola trade. The Padres will reportedly be sending outfield prospect Taylor Trammell, acquired in last season’s Trevor Bauer-Yasiel Puig blockbuster, to the Mariners as part of the return.
Outfield prospect Taylor Trammell is headed to Seattle in the deal that will send Austin Nola to the Padres, sources tell ESPN. This is a seven-player trade, per sources.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) August 31, 2020
The full deal, per multiple reports, will also bring bullpen reinforcements to San Diego in the form of Austin Adams and Dan Altavilla. Young pitcher Andrés Muñoz, corner infielder Ty France and catcher Luis Torrens would join Trammell in heading to Seattle.
Source: Dan Altavilla is headed to SD as well
Ty France, Taylor Trammell, Luis Torrens, Andres Munoz
Austin Nola, Austin Adams, Altavilla
— Kiley McDaniel (@kileymcd) August 31, 2020
The San Diego trade spree began on Saturday when the Padres — currently sitting securely in postseason position in second place in the NL West — added reliever Trevor Rosenthal in a deal with the Kansas City Royals. Earlier on Sunday, first baseman Mitch Moreland was acquired from the Boston Red Sox.
Sources: The Padres are trading for catcher Jason Castro, sending righty reliever Gerardo Reyes to the Angels in return. Deal is pending medicals.
— AJ Cassavell (@AJCassavell) August 30, 2020
Entering Sunday, Castro had played in 18 games with the Angels, batting .192/.323/.385 with two homers and six RBIs. The 33-year-old was signed to a one-year deal before the season. Last season, he hit 13 home runs for Minnesota.
Rockies add veteran to bullpen mix
The Orioles will receive infield prospects Tyler Nevn and Terrin Vavra, along with a player to be named later.
We have acquired INF Tyler Nevin, INF Terrin Vavra, and a player to be named later from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for RHP Mychal Givens.
— Baltimore Orioles 😷 (@Orioles) August 30, 2020
Givens is expected to fill a key role in Colorado’s bullpen, perhaps even as closer. The Rockies have been forced to rework the bullpen after the failed signings of Bryan Shaw, Jake McGee and Wade Davis.
The 30-year-old right-hander has a 1.38 ERA through 12 appearances this season.
Padres acquire veteran slugger Mitch Moreland
The San Diego Padres stayed busy Sunday, completing a trade for Boston Red Sox slugger Mitch Moreland.
MLB insider Robert Murray was the first to report the trade. The Red Sox will receive outfielder Jeisson Rosario and third baseman Hudson Potts.
Moreland, 34, figures to serve as San Diego’s full-time designated hitter for the stretch run. The Padres have been interchanging Greg Garcia, Ty France and Josh Naylor in the role, to decent results. Moreland, though, provides a steady option with a proven history of production.
The veteran is off to a hot start this season. Through 22 games, he’s hitting .328/.430/.746 with eight homers and 21 RBIs. He’ll join a lineup that is currently locked in thanks to Fernando Tatis Jr., Manny Machado, Eric Hosmer and Wil Myers.
Cubs acquire DH Jose Martinez
The Chicago Cubs added depth to their lineup, acquiring designated hitter Jose Martinez from the Tampa Bay Rays for two players to be named later.
Designated hitter Jose Martinez has been traded to the Chicago Cubs, sources tell ESPN. Two PTBNLs headed back to Tampa Bay. The Cubs get a lefty masher and the Rays now may get to give more ABs to Randy Arozarena, whom they acquired with Martinez in a trade this offseason.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) August 30, 2020
Martinez, 32, is hitting .239/.329/.388 in 2020. Of more interest to the Cubs, he’s a .319/.392/.554 career hitter against left-handed pitching. That should make him an effective platoon option for manager David Ross.
The Rays had acquired Martinez from the St. Louis Cardinals during the offseason.
Braves add left-handed starter
The Atlanta Braves acquired left-handed starter Tommy Milone from the Baltimore Orioles, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reported Sunday.
Atlanta has since confirmed the deal.
Baltimore will receive two players to be named later.
Milone, 33, is having his best season since 2015. He’s posted a 3.99 ERA in 29 1/3 innings. He was named Baltimore’s opening day starter this season, and has already been named Atlanta’s starter for Sunday’s night game against the Philadelphia Phillies.
In light of virus concerns, Braves chartered a flight for Tommy Milone, Buffalo to Philadelphia. He’ll start for them tonight. “If he had flown commercially I can’t tell you he’d be starting tonight,” GM Alex Anthopoulos said.
— Tim Brown (@TBrownYahoo) August 30, 2020
Aug. 29: Padres add Trevor Rosenthal to bullpen
The San Diego Padres bulked up their bullpen Saturday, completing a trade for Kansas City Royals reliever Trevor Rosenthal.
Kansas City will receive top outfield prospect Edward Olivares and a player to be named later. ESPN’s Jeff Passan was the first to report the trade.
The San Diego Padres are in agreement on a deal to acquire reliever Trevor Rosenthal from Kansas City, sources tell ESPN. Arguably the best reliever on the market is headed to the Padres, whose beleaguered bullpen will get a huge boost from a revitalized Rosenthal.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) August 29, 2020
Rosenthal’s resurgence has been one of the best stories in MLB this season. He had been a successful reliever for the St. Louis Cardinals, recording 121 saves and 3.46 ERA between 2012-17. Unfortunately, he was sidelined by Tommy John surgery at the end of the 2017 season.
Rosenthal struggled upon his return last season. In 22 appearances between the Washington Nationals and Detroit Tigers, he posted a 13.50 ERA with 26 walks in 15 innings. This season, Rosenthal has bounced back with a 3.29 ERA in 14 appearances.
He will immediately fill a key role in San Diego’s bullpen. Closer Kirby Yates will likely miss the remainder of the season after undergoing elbow surgery.
Aug. 28: A’s make deal with division rival Angels
The Oakland Athletics pulled off a surprising trade with a division rival Friday night.
Veteran infielder Tommy La Stella was acquired from the Los Angeles Angels, The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports. According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, the Angels will receive utility player Franklin Barreto.
La Stella, 31, hasn’t developed into the star player many envisioned he would during his prospect days, however, he has carved out a productive role as a part-time player during prior stints with the Atlanta Braves and Chicago Cubs.
Since joining the Angels last season, La Stella has slashed .289/.353/.483 with 20 home runs. He earned his first All-Star selection last season.
La Stella will continue filling a part-time role for the first-place A’s. The Angels, on the other hand, are clearly ready to sell after beginning the season 10-22.
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