The Padres have acquired recent Rule 5 pick Jabari Blash from the A’s, tweets Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. Oakland GM David Forst told reporters that Blash will be the player to be named later in the previously reported swap of Yonder Alonso and Drew Pomeranz.
The 26-year-old Blash has hit quite well in the upper levels of the minor leagues with Seattle, as evidenced by a .271/.370/.576 batting line and 32 home runs this past season between Double-A and Triple-A. Baseball America’s J.J. Cooper is quite bullish on Blash (Twitter link) and wrote in a preview of the Rule 5 Draft that a team can dream on Blash as an immediate contributor given his upper-minors production. MLB.com’s Jim Callis wrote that Blash has a prototypical right fielder’s arm and strength in his own preview.
Because Blash is a Rule 5 pick, the Padres will need to carry him on their roster over the course of the season or expose him to waivers and, if he clears, offer him back to the Mariners for $50K.