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.

Oakland Athletics reverse course: will continue to pay minor leaguers

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Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Oakland Athletics owner John Fisher has reversed course and will continue to pay minor leaguers. Fisher tells Slusser, “I concluded I made a mistake.” He said he is also setting up an assistance fund for furloughed employees.

The A’s decided in late May to stop paying paying minor leaguers as of June 1, which was the earliest date on which any club could do so after an MLB-wide agreement to pay minor leaguers through May 31 expired. In the event, the A’s were the only team to stop paying the $400/week stipends to players before the end of June. Some teams, notable the Royals and Twins, promised to keep the payments up through August 31, which is when the minor league season would’ve ended. The Washington Nationals decided to lop off $100 of the stipends last week but, after a day’s worth of blowback from the media and fans, reversed course themselves.