The Athletics selected Blash from the Mariners in the Rule 5 draft in December, then sent him to the Padres to complete an earlier trade that involved Drew Pomeranz. The Padres designated Blash for assignment last Friday. Because Blash is a Rule 5 pick, the Padres had to offer him back to the Mariners.
Blash, 26, hit a disappointing .120/.241/.160 in 29 plate appearances for the Padres. Now he’ll report to Triple-A El Paso.