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.

Nationals to reinstate Max Scherzer on Thursday

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Some good news for the Nationals today: All-Star hurler Max Scherzer is due back from the injured list this week, this time (hopefully) for good. He’s slated to start during Thursday’s series finale against the Pirates.

It’s been a long road back for the right-hander, who earned his seventh consecutive All-Star designation after heading into the break with a 2.30 ERA, 5.6 fWAR, and a league-leading 7.56 SO/BB rate. An untimely back injury forced him to the injured list in the days leading up to the All-Star Game, however, and he hasn’t returned in any kind of part-time or full-time capacity since.

While Scherzer was originally expected to pitch for the Nationals sometime during their weekend series versus the Brewers, manager Dave Martinez elected to push back his return date by a few days. It’s not clear whether he felt some lingering pain during his 64-pitch simulated start on Saturday or whether the Nationals simply want to play it safe with their ace, but either way, the club apparently feels like Scherzer will be back to full strength before the end of the week.

If so, his return would be a significant asset to the Nationals, who could use a sub-3.00 ERA, 5.0-fWAR starter to help bolster their standing in the NL East. Still, there’s no guarantee that the veteran righty is ready to shoulder a full-time role in Washington’s rotation, nor is it certain that he’ll be able to match his results from the first half of the season. In one start between IL stints last month, he dealt five innings of three-run, two-walk, eight-strikeout ball in an 8-7 loss to the Rockies.