For the third time in a year, the Oakland Athletics have traded a first baseman to the Seattle Mariners.
This time, the A’s sent Ryon Healy to the Pacific Northwest for reliever Emilio Pagan and 17-year-old shortstop prospect Alexander Campos.
While the A’s have stated plans to keep most of the young core together — including corner infielders Matt Olson and Matt Chapman — Healy, who offers a powerful bat but little defensively, was squeezed out of a spot.
Healy, who turns 26 in January, is a .282 hitter with 38 home runs over a year-and-a-half but has a career on-base percentage of .313.
With Yonder Alonso, who went from Oakland to Seattle in August, hitting the free agent market, Seattle had an opening at first base that can now be filled by Healy.
Pagan, a native of South Carolina who played for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic, put up an impressive rookie campaign as one of the few bright spots in a Seattle bullpen that largely struggled. Pagan posted a 3.22 era in 50.1 innings, striking out 56 while walking just eight. He won two games in relief, both at the Coliseum. His first career win came on August 9. Pagan will likely compete for a bullpen spot amidst a crowded group of relievers.
Campos, rated by MLB.com as the No. 15 prospect in the Mariners system, was signed as a 16-year-old out of Venezuela in 2016. In his first professional season, Campos batted .290 in the Dominican Summer League and drew 41 walks while striking out just 39 times in 59 games.