Padres trade Kyle Blanks to Athletics
Former prospect Kyle Blanks has been traded from the Padres to the A's.
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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