Padres trade for A's infielder Jorge Mateo

Jorge Mateo
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The San Diego Padres have announced that they've acquired A's infielder Jorge Mateo for a player to be named later or cash considerations.  The 25 year old had an impressive season with Triple-A Las Vegas in 2019, setting career highs in batting average (.289), slugging percentage (.504), OPS (.834), hits (154), home runs (19), RBI (78) and runs scored (95).  Mateo added 24 stolen bases, marking the fifth consecutive season swiping at least 20 bags.  Mateo made the Pacific Coast League Mid-Season All-Star taem and was also selected to participate in the Futures Game.  

Get to know Jorge Mateo!

The #Padres have acquired INF Jorge Mateo from Oakland:

— San Diego Padres (@Padres) July 1, 2020

Mateo is an 80 runner (the top of the 20-80 scale) that can basically play any position, has above average raw power and arm strength, but is inconsistent and has swung at too many bad pitches. Out of options, versatile, upside utility piece w/prospect pedigree: fits Padres type.

— Kiley McDaniel (@kileymcd) June 30, 2020

The A's have a lot of middle infield depth in their organization top-to-bottom. Mateo heads to the Padres where he theoretically could contend with Jake Cronenworth and Greg Garcia for the backup middle infield job.

— Kyle Glaser (@KyleAGlaser) June 30, 2020

Really though, Mateo's biggest asset is his speed. Mateo immediately becomes the fastest player on the Padres roster and a potential weapon as a pinch-runner with the new extra innings rules.

— Kyle Glaser (@KyleAGlaser) June 30, 2020