The A’s and Padres swung a deal today that sent starter Drew Pomeranz to San Diego and had first baseman Yonder Alonso going the other way to Oakland.
Pomeranz had a solid year, when healthy, on a young Oakland Athletics starting rotation with a 3.66 ERA and an almost identical FIP at 3.62. Unfortunately for the former Cleveland Indian farmhand, he only managed to pitch in 86 innings last season and was reduced to a bullpen role. The A’s have a lot of young arms in Sean Nolin, Dillon Overton and Raul Alcantara, among others, coming up through their system so it makes sense to move the 27-year old for a bat they can either insert into their lineup or use in a platoon. Ironically enough for Pomeranz, he now joins a Padres team that’s littered with young arms in its organization such as Rob Erlin who was dealt to the team in the Mike Adams trade from 2011.
Alonso, who was originally drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in 2008, also had a concrete season in 2015; batting .282 with five homers and 31 RBI’s in 103 games. The 28 year-old had his fair share of troubles staying healthy as well, which has been the story of his career thus far. He’s now on an Athletics team that was in need for a left-handed option at first base; Mark Canha, who had 15 homeruns and 71 RBI’s last season, held down the position for the majority of the 2015 campaign. He had a 1.1 WAR last season in California.