The Oakland A's acquired left-handed pitcher Marc Rzepczynski and first baseman Yonder Alonso from the San Diego Padres in exchange for left-handed pitchers Drew Pomeranz and Jose Torres and a player to be named later, the club announced today.
Rzepczynski began the 2015 season with Cleveland and was 2-3 with a 4.43 ERA in 45 games when he was traded to San Diego July 31 from Abraham Almonte. He compiled a 7.36 ERA in 27 games with the Padres and combined for a 5.66 ERA in 72 games overall. The 30-year-old left-hander logged just 35.0 innings in his 72 appearances. He yielded a .292 batting average, which included a mark of .255 against left-handed hitters compared to .372 against right-handers. Rzepczynski has pitched for Toronto (2009-11), St. Louis (2011-13), Cleveland (2013-15) and San Diego (2015) during a seven-year career and is 11-24 with a save and a 3.96 ERA in 349 appearances.
Alonso batted .282 with five home runs and 31 RBI in 103 games with San Diego in a season that was interrupted by two stints on the disabled list. He was out from May 9 to June 1 with a bone bruise in his right shoulder and Sept. 14 through the end of the season with a lower back strain. The 28-year-old left-handed hitter made a team-leading 92 starts at first base for the Padres and also made two starts at third base. Alonso made his Major League debut with Cincinnati in 2010 and played parts of two seasons with the Reds before spending the last four years in San Diego. He is a .273 career hitter with 32 home runs and 183 RBI in 508 games.
Pomeranz began the 2015 season in the A's starting rotation but was moved to the bullpen following a late May stint on the disabled list. He went 5-6 with three saves and a 3.66 ERA in a career-high 53 games, including nine starts, with Oakland. The 27-year-old left-hander was 2-3 with a 4.63 ERA and .244 opponents batting average in nine starts compared to 3-3 with a 2.61 ERA and .205 opponents average in 44 relief appearances. Pomeranz allowed a .226 opponents batting average, including .152 against left-handed hitters compared to .260 against right-handers. He went 10-10 with a 3.08 ERA in 73 games, including 19 starts, in two seasons with the A's after he was acquired from Colorado following the 2013 season.
Torres pitched for the A's Single-A affiliates at Beloit and Stockton last year and combined for a 4-5 record, eight saves and a 2.56 ERA in 47 relief appearances. He struck out 84 batters and surrendered just four home runs in 77.1 innings while holding the opposition to a .203 batting average. The 22-year-old left-hander was originally signed by the A's July 2, 2010 as a non-drafted free agent out of Venezuela and pitched exclusively in relief for the first time in 2015. Torres is 11-19 with a 3.47 ERA in 99 career appearances, including 39 starts, in five professional seasons.