The Oakland Athletics have acquired first baseman Yonder Alonso and left-handed pitcher Marc Rzepczynski from the San Deigo Padres for left-handed pitchers Drew Pomeranz and Jose Torres, as Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Cronicle reported. The Athletics will also send a player to be named later to the Padres.
The Padres were considering non-tendering the first baseman, but instead they dealt him away after he made $1.65 million in 2015. The 28-year-old will be arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter.
The other non-tender candidate for San Diego is also on the move. Rzepczynski struck out 41 batters over 35 innings between the Cleveland Indians and Padres during the 2015 season. The 30-year-old specializes in one-out relief appearances. While he dominated with strikeouts, he logged an ugly 5.66 ERA over 72 games. Rzepczynski is entering his final year of arbitration.
Pomeranz began the 2015 season in the Oakland rotation before going down with a shoulder injury. The lefty was solid out of the bullpen at the end of the season, putting up a 2.61 ERA over 44 appearances. He will probably get a shot at the starting rotation in San Diego, but will have to be dominant in Spring Training to get one-of-five spots.
This marks the third time Pomeranz has been traded. In this deal, he was the part to make it happen because San Diego would not complete the trade with Oakland unless the lefty was involved. The 27-year-old is a steal considering that the Padres traded away two players who were non-tender candidates.
"I'm pretty pumped about it," Pomeranz said. "They want to win, they're doing a lot of good things over there."
Torres, who is the other player heading to San Diego, played for Class-A Beloit in 2015. He was ranked the Athletics No. 23 prospect and recently finished his fifth Minor League season.
The 22-year-old southpaw moved to the bullpen and posted a 2.69 ERA and 1.06 WHIP with 80 strikeouts over 73.2 innings pitched for Class-A Beloit. The native of Venezuela can touch 96 miles per hour on his fastball and has an average slider. He has improved his control over his five-year Minor League career. Torres clocked in 9.8 strikeouts per nine innings ratio in 2015.