A's showing interest in Padres' 1B/OF Kyle Blanks

A's showing interest in Padres' 1B/OF Kyle Blanks
May 12, 2014, 9:00 pm
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In 239 games over six seasons, Kyle Blanks has a .228 career batting average with 28 home runs and 98 RBI. (AP)

The A’s have shown interest in trading for San Diego Padres first baseman/outfielder Kyle Blanks, a source with knowledge of the situation confirmed to CSN California.

The A’s were first linked to Blanks earlier Monday in a tweet from Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com. It’s unknown to what degree the teams might be discussing Blanks, 27, a right-handed hitter who has batted .228 with 28 career homers over parts of six seasons with San Diego. He’s played first base and both corner outfield spots over the years.

Obviously it wouldn’t be a splashy move if it ever came to fruition. But the A’s might view Blanks as a decent right-handed hitting option to complement the left-handed hitting Brandon Moss at first base. He could also serve as outfield depth. Or, the A’s could stash Blanks away in the minors in the hopes that the 6-foot-6, 265-pounder can provide some punch down the road, much like Moss did when he was initially called up by Oakland in 2012.

A’s front office officials, as a general policy, don’t comment on the record about trade or free agent speculation.