It had been widely reported in recent days and hours that the San Diego Padres and Oakland Athletics were discussing a potential trade that would send Kyle Blanks to the Bay Area, and on Thursday afternoon, the rumors became reality.
#Athletics acquire Kyle Blanks from San Diego for minor league outfielder Jake Goebbert and a PTBNL; DFA Daric Barton for assignment
— Oakland Athletics (@Athletics) May 15, 2014
Oakland acquires a versatile and potentially useful player in Blanks, but the now 27-year-old has had a somewhat disappointing career in the Major Leagues. He is a former uber-prospect for San Diego, but he has posted just a .228 batting average with a .310 on-base percentage in his career, and while his power remains a quality trait, the “hit tool” has lagged behind to this point.
As noted by the official announcement from the A’s, the club has chosen to designate first baseman Daric Barton for assignment, seemingly freeing up Blanks to become their platoon option at first base against right-handed pitching. This is an upside play for Oakland, who has designs on the AL West title, and for Blanks, it will be interesting to see if a change of scenery helps him realize his great potential.