Blanks joins A’s; Barton designated for assignment

The A’s have acquired Kyle Blanks from the Padres in exchange for Minor League outfielder Jake Goebbert and a player to be named later.

Blanks, a right handed-hitting first baseman/outfielder, will join the A’s in Cleveland on Friday and take the roster spot of Daric Barton, who has been designated for assignment.

With Barton out of the mix, after hitting just .158 in 30 games, Blanks will presumably form a platoon with Brandon Moss at first base.

The A’s have 10 days to trade, release or, like has happened multiple times before with him, pass Barton through waivers. He can decline a Minor League assignment but has opted to remain with the organization before.

The 6-foot-6 Blanks was 2-for-10 with the Padres. He was promoted from Triple-A in early May after hitting nine homers but optioned again this week to make room for Carlos Quentin.

Blanks, 27, was a 42nd-round pick in 2004 out of Yavapai College in Arizona. But he wasn’t exactly a sleeper, as this was during the old Draft-and-follow days, which allowed a team to hold the exclusive rights to a player up until one week before the Draft the following year.

He made his big league debut at the age of 22, against the A’s on June 19, 2009. He got his first hit the following day. Blanks was a first baseman that was asked to play the outfield by the organization, and took to it far better than many thought.

In July 2009, a swarm of bees in left field at Petco Park – near where Blanks was playing – caused a 53-minute delay against the Astros. A month later, Blanks delighted the home crowd by chugging around the bases for an inside the park home run against the Cubs.

Heck, Blanks, not even with a year of service time, even had his own Bobble Head night at Petco Park in 2010.

But Blanks couldn’t kick the injury bug with the Padres.

He had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow in 2010. He later had season-ending surgery on his left shoulder in April of 2012. He also had issues with a strained arch in his right foot and, last season, left Achilles tendinitis.

The most at-bats he had in the big leagues in a single season was in 2013, when he hit .243 with eight home runs and 35 RBIs in 308 plate appearances.

Goebbert, meanwhile, was hitting .257 with six homers and 25 RBIs in 31 games for Triple-A Sacramento.

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