The A’s had already been targeting Alonso near the season’s end and approached the Padres regarding the first baseman back in early October. However, the Padres demanded that Pomeranz be part of the package for Alonso.
The idea of moving Pomeranz wasn’t even on the A’s radar, according to San Francisco Chronicle beat writer Susan Slusser,The idea of moving Pomeranz wasn’t even on the A’s radar, according to San Francisco Chronicle beat writer Susan Slusser,
Forst says that #Athletics weren’t looking to move Pomeranz but San Diego made clear that deal wouldn’t happen without him.
— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) December 2, 2015
However, come December, executive vice president of baseball operations Billy Beane and general manager David Forst decided they wanted a solid first baseman who’s excellent on defense. Actually, according to Forst, Alonso’s defense is, “one of the best in the game.”
For more on the Pomeranz/Alonso trade use the link below to read the rest of my column on Today’s Knuckleball. Did the A’s get another Daric Barton in this trade? Great defense, can talk a walk but can’t hit for sh*t? I REALLY hope not because that guy so used to make me insane – literally – when he would get up to bat! SMH. Anyway, follow the link below to read more on this trade: