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Mar 5, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; San Diego Padres right fielder Kyle Blanks (88) singles during the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Camelback Ranch. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

Padres could trade Kyle Blanks

As the Padres get to bring their roster to full health, or as close as possible, they could part with one of their young prospects.

Padres manager Bud Black went on MLB Network Radio for his weekly visit and told Power Alley that Carlos Quentin would be activated and available today as the Padres open up a series at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati against the Reds. Quentin has been out since having season ending knee surgery at the end of July in 2013. Black did not offer any insight as to the corresponding roster move that would have to be made for San Diego.

Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish, however, has heard some rumor of outfielder Kyle Blanks being traded away to create space and offer a change of scenery. Cotillo says that the Oakland Athletics could be a landing spot for the 27-year old. Blanks was called up from Triple-A last week, with Xavier Nady being designated for assignment and released. Blanks appeared in 88 games for San Diego last season, hitting .243/.305/.379 with 8 homers while primarily playing the corner outfield spots.

Blanks doesn’t appear to be a fit for the Major League team in Oakland, as they have Yoenis Cespedes, Coco Crisp, and Josh Reddick patrolling the outfield with Craig Gentry as the fourth outfielder. Cotillo mentions, though, that there is no telling how close the two sides are to any kind of an agreement.

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