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A’s, Padres make a trade

We have what appears to be the first trade in three months

San Diego Padres v Colorado Rockies Photo by Russell Lansford/Getty Images

The San Diego Padres and the Oakland A’s have made a trade, per Jeff Passan on Twitter. Infielder Jorge Mateo was dealt to San Diego from Oakland for a player to be named later.

This is not a particularly noteworthy deal — Mateo was dealt to the A’s by the New York Yankees in July, 2017, as part of the Sonny Gray deal, and he was a top-100 prospect before the 2016, 2017 and 2018 seasons, but he didn’t hit at all in 2018, and he didn’t hit much (considering he was playing for Las Vegas) in 2019. He’s out of options this year, and this appears to be the Padres taking a flyer on a former well-regarded prospect.

That said, it is also the first trade in MLB since the Padres traded Esteban Quiroz to the Tampa Bay Rays on March 26, 2020. After three months of inactivity on the trade front, we have a couple of teams making a deal again.