Jorge Mateo Traded from Athletics to Padres for PTBNL

Blake SchusterAnalyst IJune 30, 2020

Oakland Athletics shortstop Jorge Mateo plays during a spring baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Mesa, Ariz., Tuesday, March 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
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The San Diego Padres and Oakland Athletics have come together for the first post-hiatus trade in Major League Baseball.

According to ESPN's Jeff Passan and Kiley McDaniel, the A's will send shortstop Jorge Mateo to the Padres for a player to be named later.

Signed by the New York Yankees out of the Dominican Republic in 2012, Mateo was traded to Oakland in 2017 with Dustin Fowler and James Kaprielian as part of a deal to acquire pitcher Sonny Gray.

Mateo is still just 25 years old and was ranked as the No. 7 prospect in the A's organization, per MLB Pipeline:

"The enigmatic speedster did put a rough 2018 season behind him by putting up very good numbers in 2019, but even then showed his streakiness by fading badly down the stretch as other teammates got called up to the big leagues.

"When Mateo is at his best, he has wow tools, starting with his top-of-the-scale speed. That makes him very dangerous on the basepaths, though he hasn't been looking to steal as much with the A's as he did earlier in his career. He is capable of making hard contact with surprising pop at the plate, though he's struggled with plate discipline for much of his career. Most of that can be attributed to his game clock. When he goes too fast, his strikeouts spike. When he slows down too much and gets low energy, he's too passive."

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Using a scale of 20-80, MLB Pipeline scored Mateo's running ability at 80, though it assigned him a score of 50 overall—his hitting and power were his lowest marks at just 45.

Mateo slashed .289/.330/.504 with Triple-A Las Vegas in 2019, collecting 24 stolen bases and 78 RBI. He's twice appeared in MLB's Futures Game, first with the Yankees in 2016 and again with Oakland last year.

He is out of options, so he'll have a strong chance to wind up on the Padres roster.

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