Padres trade Kyle Blanks to Athletics

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

Big Kyle Blanks is headed to Oakland.
Big Kyle Blanks is headed to Oakland. (USATSI)

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First baseman Kyle Blanks has been traded from the Padres to the Athletics, the clubs have announced. In return, the A's have sent outfielder Jake Goebbert and either a player to be named later or cash considerations to the Padres.

Blanks, 27, was once a top 50 prospect in all of baseball (per Baseball America in 2009) and has long been a good power hitter in the minors, but he's been unable to successfully transition to the majors.

In 806 career big-league plate appearances, Blanks is hitting .228/.310/.401 (100 OPS+) with 36 doubles, 28 homers and 98 RBI. His best year was his rookie year, back in 2009 when he hit 10 homers in just 148 at-bats.

Blanks has suffered from a litany of injuries, including Achilles tendinitis, a plantar fascia tear and he's even had Tommy John surgery. When he has been healthy, he hasn't really gotten regular playing time with the Padres, either.

This season, Blanks went 2-for-10 for the Padres and hit .265/.364/.651 with five doubles and nine homers in 27 games for Triple-A El Paso.

He can play the corner outfield spots in addition to being a first baseman and a possibility at DH on occasion for the A's.

Goebbert, 26, hit .257/.371/.505 with seven doubles, six homers and 25 RBI in 31 games for Triple-A Sacramento before the trade. He was the Astros' 13th round pick in 2009 and has been in the minors since, getting to Triple-A in parts of four seasons.

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