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A’s Interested in Kyle Blanks?

May 13, 2014

The A’s are interested in San Diego Padres first baseman Kyle Blanks according to CSNBayArea’s Joe Stiglich saying,

The A’s have shown interest in trading for San Diego Padres first baseman/outfielder Kyle Blanks, a source with knowledge of the situation confirmed to CSN California.”

I like the idea. Daric Barton has been a disappointment – how long has it been since that wasn’t the case? – hitting a scant .143/.222/.161 good for a stellar 12 wRC+ and .186 wOBA in his 63 trips to the plate. Of course his defense saves him right? Nope. Not this year and combined with anemic hitting and piss-poor fielding he has been worth a grand total of -0.6 WAR in 2014. That means since his one good season (2010) he has been worth – ready for it? -0.1 WAR. Yes, he has been worse than a replacement player, so maybe it is time to think about replacing him?

Blanks isn’t anything spectacular but he is intriguing enough and during that same period he has been worth 1.1 WAR making him better than Barton at least. Blanks (28.89 PA/HR) has a little more pop than Barton (69.47 PA/HR) despite their similar career HR numbers (28 for Blanks and 30 for Barton). In his career Blanks has hit .228/.310/.401 with just a 8.8% BB% and 30.0% K%, but this isn’t about finding a new starting first baseman it is about building depth. Blanks can play the outfield and first base and can also be stashed at Sacramento. There is no value to Barton anymore who went cast off last year and DFA’d each time ended up passing through waivers unclaimed. I can’t imagine the market for him has advanced since last year and even if it did who cares?

Blanks isn’t the answer but there is more to him to be interested in than in Barton so if the asking price weren’t high I think a change of scenery could do both of these players some good.

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