The San Diego Padres have been extremely active as the 2020 trade deadline quickly approaches. They have reportedly acquired catcher Austin Nola in a seven-player exchange that is yet another move for the Padres on Saturday. The reports have Nola being the central piece heading to the Padres with catcher Luis Torrens and outfielder Taylor Trammell heading back to the Mariners as a part of the deal.
7-player deal, going to be finalized tonight, per source:
Padres get: C Austin Nola, RHP Dan Altavilla, RHP Austin Adams
Mariners get: IF Ty France, OF Taylor Trammell, RHP Andres Muñoz, C Luis Torrens
And no, the Padres aren't done trying to maneuver.
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The Padres had acquired Trammell from the Cincinnati Reds in a 2019 deadline deal that turned into a 3-way ordeal with the Cleveland Indians. Torrens and Trammell are the big names heading to the Padres. Ty France will also be heading to the Mariners to round out the three-player package sent to Seattle.
While Nola is a highly regarded prospect in a package of four heading back to the Mariners in this agreement. The Padres will also get some bullpen help in the form of Austin Adams, who coincides nicely with previous deadline acquisition, Trevor Rosenthal. The Padres will also acquire Andres Muñoz and Dan Altavilla in the deal. Altavilla and Muñoz are also relief pitchers who add depth to the organization, who is indeed gearing up for a big postseason run.
Given Padres General Manager (GM) A.J. Preller has been increasingly active as the deadline approaches, it is no shock that he would work with Jerry Dipoto to get a deal done. It’s no shock that Dipoto is involved after Dipoto has been deemed the king of making trades in the big leagues. The Padres are in “win now” more, so this should come as no surprise that they are looking to gain depth in multiple areas between all of these trades.
While none of these names are big names now, both Nola and Trammell have been regarded as top prospects in the past and have future potential value in the big leagues. This is also one of the many low-profile trades that Preller has made, and the trade deadline has not officially passed yet.