Padres acquire catcher Derek Norris from Athletics

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UPDATE: The deal is official. The Padres have acquired Derek Norris, Seth Streich and international bonus slot 117 from the Athletics for Jesse Hahn and R.J. Alvarez.

9:30 p.m. ET: According to Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan, the Athletics will receive right-handers Jesse Hahn and R.J. Alvarez from the Padres for Norris. FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi adds that right-hander Seth Streich will also be headed to San Diego.

And now the deal makes a lot more sense for Oakland. Hahn was terrific in his first taste of the majors this past season, posting a 3.07 ERA and 70/32 K/BB ratio in 73 1/3 innings over 12 starts and two relief appearances. The 25-year-old has dealt with arm issues in his career and had Tommy John surgery in 2010, but there’s big potential here if he can stay healthy.

Alvarez came over to the Padres from the Angels as part of the Huston Street deal in July. The 23-year-old has compiled a 2.41 ERA over three pro seasons while averaging 13.4 K/9. He profiles as a future closer.

The other piece for San Diego, Streich turns 24 in February and owns a 3.37 ERA over 47 starts and 13 relief appearances in the minors. He pitched with High-A Stockton this past season and posted a 3.16 ERA and 116/22 K/BB ratio over 114 innings.

8:58 p.m. ET: Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports that the Padres have acquired catcher Derek Norris from the Athletics. Oakland is expected to get a minor league pitcher or two in return, but no word on the exact names yet.

It’s a surprising move, but the Padres continue to overhaul their lineup while the Athletics continue to unload. Norris faded during the second half this past season, but he batted .270/.361/.403 with 10 home runs and 55 RBI over 127 games and made his first All-Star appearance. He doesn’t turn 26 until May and is under team control through 2018, so he’s quite valuable.

As Jane Lee of MLB.com notes, Norris will be the fifth of seven All-Stars the A’s have traded since July. Josh Donaldson, Yoenis Cespedes, Brandon Moss, and Jeff Samardzija have also been dealt.

Mike Trout and Christian Yelich win the 2019 Hank Aaron Awards

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Major League Baseball announced today that Mike Trout and Christian Yelich have been selected as the American League and National League winners of the 2019 Hank Aaron Awards. The Hank Aaron Award, which was established in 1999, recognizes “the most outstanding offensive performers in each league.” A fan vote is part of it. A special panel of Hall of Fame players led by Hank Aaron weighs in as well.

Yellich, who is a back-to-back winner of the Award in the NL, led the Majors with a .671 slugging percentage and a 1.100 OPS, while leading the National League in batting average (.329), WAR (7.3) and OBP (.429). It was his third straight year with at least 100 runs scored and he set career-highs with 44 home runs and 30 stolen bases. He was the NL Player of the Week twice and stands a good chance of winning the NL MVP Award, though a late season injury will make it a pretty close vote.

Trout, who previously won the award in 2014, led the Majors with a .483 on-base percentage while leading the American League with a .645 slugging percentage and a 1.083 OPS. He was second in the AL with a career-best 45 home runs, was second i WAR (8.3) and, like Yelich, was a two-time Player of the Week winner. He too stands a good chance of wining the MVP though, he too, had a late season injury which could knock him down to second place.