The Oakland Athletics and San Diego Padres have been two of the more active teams in baseball since the off-season started; with the Padres beefing up their lineup up with outfielders Matt Kemp and Wil Myers, while the A’s have systematically dismantled their roster, trading Jeff Samardzija, Brandon Moss, and Josh Donaldson as they retool and rebuild for the next few years. Thursday they continued their dealing, with the Padres sending pitchers Jesse Hahn and RJ Alvarez to Oakland for catcher Derek Norris and pitcher Seth Streich. Here are the SportsZone trade grades for each team:


hahnWhile this is now the fourth All Star bat Oakland has traded in the past six months (Yeonis Cespedes, Moss, and Donaldson), the A’s are set behind the plate with Stephen Vogt, John Jaso, and Josh Phegley. The cost of Norris, who has noted defensive struggles at the dish, was necessary to add two pitchers who can contribute at the major league level, given the losses of Samardzija, Lester, and Luke Gregorson this off-season, and Jarrod Parker and AJ Griffin no sure things coming off Tommy John surgery. Alvarez, who San Diego acquired from the Angels in the Houston Street trade is 25, with a high-90’s fastball who will be a solid bullpen arm, while the real jewel of the trade is Hahn, who came to the Padres from Tampa Bay last off-season. Hahn, also 25, had a 7-4 record with a 3.07 ERA and 70 strikeouts in 73 innings pitched in his big league debut this season, and has the chance to become a solid number three starter for Oakland, behind Sonny Gray and Scott Kazmir. Hahn could quite possibly be the best addition the A’s have made this off-season, and all it cost was a an inadequate defensive catcher.


Derek NorrisThe Padres are one of the few organizations who can trade an arm with such potential as Hahn and come out relatively no worse for ware, as Andrew Cashner, Tyson Ross, and Ian Kennedy look set to lead a rotation that could include veterans Josh Johnson and Brandon Morrow, and youngsters Robbie Erlin, Casey Kelly, or Odrisamer Despaigne, with several other prospects close to the majors including the coveted Matt Wisler. But with the Padres making it clear that they value offense this off-season more than anything, adding Norris, an All Star who excels against left handers was too good to pass up. Norris, along with recent catching addtions Ryan Hanigan and Tim Fedorwicz, create a bridge that will keep top prospect Austin Hedges in the minors until he is ready (possibly the middle of next season at the earliest), while Norris’ offensive prowess could lead to a platoon with Yonder Alonzo at first base this season, given that Hanigan is also a solid offensive producer. And being able to add another quality bat, with Norris proving he can hit at the cavernous O.Co Coliseum, to Matt Kemp and Wil Myers, means the Padres are one step closer to competing for a playoff spot for the first time in years.

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