The San Diego Padres on Thursday traded longtime prospect Kyle Blanks for outfielder Jake Goebbert and a player to be named later and/or cash considerations from the Oakland Athletics.
Blanks, who put the big in big leagues at 6-foot 7, 280 pounds, was long considered the Padres' top power-hitting prospect, but was often injured and never able to crack the Padres' lineup. He was sent down to the minors earlier this week when Carlos Quentin was activated from the disabled list, and appeared to be caught in a logjam of too many outfielders and first basemen on the Padres roster.
Blanks, 27, hit .200 with a run scored in five games for San Diego this season. In 27 games for Triple-A El Paso, he hit .265 with five doubles, nine home runs, 20 RBI and 15 runs scored. The right-handed hitter began the season with El Paso and was recalled by the Padres on May 5.
Originally signed by the Padres as a 42nd-round selection in the 2004 draft, Blanks has hit .228 with 36 doubles, two triples, 28 home runs, 98 RBI and 91 runs scored in 239 games across six Major League seasons, all with the Padres (2009-14).
As a rookie in 2009, Blanks collected nine doubles and 10 home runs for the Padres in only 148 at-bats, producing a .514 slugging percentage. He was never able to match that again, losing considerable time to back and elbow injuries.
Goebbert, 26, has hit .257 with seven doubles, one triple, six home runs, 25 RBI and 21 runs scored in 31 games for Triple-A Sacramento this season. Drafted by Houston in the 13th round round of the 2009 draft out of Northwestern University, the left-handed hitter has hit .278 with 59 home runs in 613 games across parts of six minor league seasons with the Astros (2009-2012) and Athletics (2013-14) organizations.
Goebbert will be assigned to Triple-A El Paso.