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Padres acquire former A's pitcher from Astros

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Padres acquire former A's pitcher from Astros

Update: The San Diego Padres officially announced the trade at 5:20 p.m.

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Former A's starting pitcher Dan Straily is headed back to the West Coast, but this time in the National League instead of the American. 

Straily, 27, has been traded by the Houston Astros to the San Diego Padres in exchange for veteran catcher Erik Kratz. 

Selected by Oakland in the 24th round of the 2009 MLB Draft, Straily spent his first two-and-a-half years in the majors with the A's. He went 13-11 with a 4.11 ERA with the A's before being part of a blockbuster deal with the Chicago Cubs in the middle of the 2014 season. 

Straily was traded with Addison Russell and Billy McKinney to the Cubs for Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel. He was then a part of another large trade in the offseason, as he was shipped to Houston with Luis Valbuena for Dexter Fowler. 

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In four big-league seasons, Straily owns a 13-13 record with a 4.60 ERA. 

Kratz, 35, has been a journeyman in baseball. Making his major league debut at 30 years old, Kratz has been a backup behind the dish for four teams in six years. 

Playing in only 16 total games between the Kansas City Royals and Philadelphia Phillies last season, Kratz hit .192/.214/.269 in 26 at-bats. 

Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle first reported Straily being traded to the Padres, while Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune confirmed Kratz going to Houston.

 

A's 2019 Projections: Josh Phegley could start unless team makes moves

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A's 2019 Projections: Josh Phegley could start unless team makes moves

Editor's note: Over the next few weeks, NBC Sports California will be analyzing a different A's player each day to project their numbers for next season.

Unless the A's add another catcher, Josh Phegley is poised to get the most playing time of his big league career. Phegley and Chris Herrmann are currently the only catchers on the A's active roster and they figure to platoon behind the plate.

Last season, Phegley hit .204/.255/.344 with two home runs, seven doubles, and 15 RBI in 39 games. The 30-year-old re-signed with the A's in November for one year at $1.075 million.

Phegley has a career slash line of .223/.264/.372. His best season came in 2015 when he hit .249/.300/.449 with a career-high nine homers and 34 RBI.

Phegley has performed slightly better against left-handed pitching throughout his career, hitting .243/.279/.414. The right-handed hitter figures to get most of next season's at-bats against southpaws, with Herrmann starting against righties.

Phegley has also been solid defensively throughout his career, maintaining a .992 fielding percentage and throwing out 33 percent of attempted base stealers, five points above the league average.

Baseball Reference projects Phegley to hit .223/.285/.368 next year with six home runs, 15 doubles, and 28 RBI. They estimate him at 242 at-bats, which would be a career-high.

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Phegley has done everything the A's have asked of him over the years and proven to be a consistent player and great clubhouse presence. We expect a slight improvement from last season, especially if he gets increased playing time.

Projection: .227/.297/.374, 6 HR, 12 doubles, 27 RBI

2019 NFL mock draft: Mel Kiper Jr. has Kyler Murray as No. 13 pick

2019 NFL mock draft: Mel Kiper Jr. has Kyler Murray as No. 13 pick

Ever since A's top-prospect Kyler Murray declared for the NFL Draft, the question is how he would fair in football.

And while we are still waiting to determine if football is indeed in his imminent future, draft experts are determining where they picture Murray will go. 

ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr., has Murray going in the first round: the No. 13 overall pick to the Dolphins.

"The Dolphins need to rebuild," Kiper writes. "What better way to start that rebuild than to take the Heisman Trophy winner? Now, just because Murray has entered the draft, doesn't mean he's sticking to football. He could stick back out and play baseball. But I'm treating him as if he's all-in for now, and if he goes to the combine -- he's going to run a blazing 40-yard dash -- and goes through workouts for the teams, I expect him to be picked in Round 1. This is an unprecedented situation for a 5-foot-10 quarterback, but it's going to be fun to watch over the next few months."

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Murray sticks out by being a phenomenal passer and runner. He threw for 4,361 yards at Oklahoma and ran for 1,001 more yards on the ground. The combo of his arm strength and his speed makes him the type of quarterback teams are willing to take a chance on. 

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It's still early in projections and especially early in teams' evaluations, but the Heisman Trophy winner appears to be a lock for the first round.

It's just a matter of when.