Padres acquire Austin Nola in a seven-player deal with the Mariners

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

The Seattle Mariners and the San Diego Padres made a big trade just hours before the 2020 MLB trade deadline. The trade deadline is on August 31st at 4 pm EST. 

The deal centered around catcher/infielder Austin Nola, who went to the Padres in the deal. The 30-year-old is having a career season in his second MLB season. 

Former Seattle Mariners catcher/infielder Aaron Nola reacts with third base coach Manny Acta after hitting a home run against the San Diego Padres
Aaron Nola reacts with third base coach Manny Acta after hitting a home run against the San Diego Padres(Photo by the Associated Press/Gregory Bull)

Besides Nola, pitchers Dan Altavilla and Austin Adams were traded to the Padres. In exchange, the Mariners received outfield prospect Traylor Trammell, catcher Luis Torrens, infielder Ty France, and pitcher Andrés Muñoz.

The brother of Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Aaron Nola has had a .306 batting average with five home runs and 19 RBIs through 29 games. He has been the Mariners primary catcher, but has also played first, second, and third this season. 

He is not arbitration eligible until 2023 since he debuted in the Majors at 29. Nola is slated to become a free agent after the 2026 season. 

Nola missed Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Angels.

The Padres also received relief pitchers Dan Altavilla and Austin Adams. The 27-year-old Altavilla spent his entire career with the Mariners, before this deal. 

This season, he is 1-2 with a 7.71 ERA in 13 appearances, including 5 games finished and one save. He has allowed 11 runs (10 earned runs), including three home runs, on 12 hits over 11 ⅔ innings. 

Altavilla struck out 14 strikeouts and seven walks. 

The 29-year-old Adams has not played this season. He pitched one season with the Mariners in 2019, as he went 2-2 with a 3.77 ERA in 29 appearances, including two games started and three games finished. 

He allowed 13 runs (13 earned runs), including 4 home runs, in 31 innings on 20 hits. He also struck out 51 batters and walked 14.

Trammell has not made his Major League debut yet. He could potentially make his debut with the Mariners, as he was a top prospect with the Padres and the Cincinnati Reds. 

He has been traded twice within the past year. He was part of a blockbuster deal on July 31, 2019 that also included the Reds, Padres, and the Cleveland Indians. 

Trammell has not developed like the Padres had hoped he would in the year that he was with the team.

The 24-year-old Torrens has spent the last three seasons with the Padres. He missed the entire 2018 season.

This season, he has a .273 batting average with three hits in seven games. He also has two strikeouts and one walk.

The 26-year-old France played the last two seasons with the Padres. However, with this trade, he’s moving away from the town, where he attended college. He attended San Diego State University, before being drafted by the Padres in the 34th round of the 2015 MLB Draft.

This season, he has a .314 batting average with two home runs and 10 RBIs in 19 games. He also has 16 hits, while scoring eight runs. France has struck out 15 times and walked four times.

The 21-year-old Muñoz has not pitched this season. He does have some MLB experience during the 2019 season.

He went 1-1 in 22 games, including three games finished and one save last season. He had a 3.91 ERA in 23 innings, including 10 runs (10 earned runs), including two home runs, on 16 hits. Muñoz struck out 30 batters and walked 11.

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