OAKLAND -– The Oakland A’s acquired right-handed pitchers R.J. Alvarez and Jesse Hahn from the San Diego Padres for catcher Derek Norris, minor league right-handed pitcher Seth Streich and international bonus slot 117, the club announced today.
Alvarez began the season in the Los Angeles Angels organization but was sent to the Padres in the Huston Street trade on July 18. He made his Major League debut in September and posted a 1.13 ERA and .115 opponents batting average in 10 relief appearances. The 23-year-old right-hander spent the balance of the season with Double-A Arkansas and Double-A San Antonio and combined for a 0-1 record, seven saves and a 1.25 ERA in 38 relief appearances.
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Alvarez struck out 61 in 43.1 innings and walked just 13. He is 7-5 with a 2.41 ERA in 98 games in three minor league seasons.
Hahn also made his ML debut with San Diego in 2014, going 7-4 with a 3.07 ERA and .214 opponents batting average in 14 games, 12 starts, over four stints with the Padres. He tied for third among National League rookies in wins and ranked sixth with 70 strikeouts. The 25-year-old right-hander began his career by going 7-2 with a 2.01 ERA over his first nine starts. Hahn spent the balance of the season at Double-A San Antonio where he logged a 2-1 record and a 1.91 ERA in 13 games, 10 starts.
He was originally drafted by Tampa Bay in the sixth round of the 2010 draft and was traded to San Diego prior to the 2014 season.
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Norris batted .270 with 10 home runs and 55 RBI in 127 games last year and was named to his first American League All-Star team. He batted .330 with runners in scoring position and .311 against left-handed pitchers. The 25-year-old catcher has improved his batting average in each of his three seasons and now owns a .246 career average in 285 games. Norris was acquired by the A’s from Washington in the Gio Gonzalez trade following the 2011 season.
Streich went 9-6 with a 3.16 ERA in 22 starts for Single-A Stockton. He struck out 116 in 114.0 innings and allowed a .253 opponents batting average. The 23-year-old right-hander was originally selected by the A’s in the sixth round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft. Streich is 23-13 with a 3.37 ERA in 60 games, including 47 starts, in three professional seasons.
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