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A's trade second baseman Jurickson Profar to Padres for Austin Allen

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A's trade second baseman Jurickson Profar to Padres for Austin Allen

The MLB hot stove is beginning to heat up in Oakland. 

The A's traded second baseman/left fielder Jurickson Profar to the Padres on Monday for catcher Austin Allen and a player to be named later. 

MLB Insider Robert Murray first reported the Profar news while ESPN's Jeff Passan was first to have Allen going to Oakland.

Allen, 25, made his major league debut last season. He hit .215 in 34 games at the big league level, but crushed the ball in Triple-A where he had a .330 batting average and 21 homers.

Profar, 26, played in 139 games last season for the A's. Although he belted 20 homers, he hit just .218 with a .711 OPS. 

He also struggled defensively, collecting 13 errors at second base and was worth -10 defensive runs saved in the infield. The veteran is versatile, however, and had eight outfield assists in seven games last season without committing an error. 

Sending the former No. 1 overall prospect to San Diego creates an interesting competition at second base next season for the A's. 

Oakland could give 27-year-old utility man Chad Pinder more playing time there right away. Pinder played every position last season outside of catcher and pitcher, and appeared in 21 games at second base. The fourth-year pro hit 13 homers, but had a lowly .706 OPS.

[RELATED: A's No. 4 prospect Mateo could be valuable trade chip]

The A's also have several younger options in former top prospect Franklin Barreto (23), Jorge Mateo (24) and Sheldon Neuse (24). All three of those players have the ability to play multiple positions as well. 

Trading Profar could be the first of several significant moves from the A's this offseason.

A's top pick Logan Davidson among spring training non-roster invitees

A's top pick Logan Davidson among spring training non-roster invitees

The A's aren't playing it safe with 2019 first-round draft pick Logan Davidson.

The No. 29 overall pick is among 10 non-roster players the A's invited to spring training Friday.

Davidson, a shortstop, isn't on the A's 40-man roster, but the invite will give him a chance to compete in big league camp. Barring an incredible showing in the Cactus League, the A's No. 7 prospect won't break camp with the A's. But this opportunity allows him to try to impress A's coaches.

In 54 games with the short-season Vermont Lake Monsters, Davidson slashed .239/.345/.332 with seven doubles, four homers and 12 RBI.

[RELATED: A's compare Davidson to Corey Seager]

The other invitee to keep an eye on in camp is A's No. 6 prospect Nick Allen. While small in stature, the middle infielder is an incredible defensive player and could find himself playing for the A's at some point in 2020. While Marcus Semien is blocking Allen's path at shortstop, the 21-year-old could get a look at second base if none of the other in-house options pan out for Oakland.

Three other top-30 prospects were invited to spring training: Outfielder Greg Deichmann (No. 17), right-handed pitcher Brian Howard (No. 22) and right-handed pitcher Parker Dunshee (No. 24).

MLB rumors: A's 'showing interest' in free-agent reliever Sergio Romo

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MLB rumors: A's 'showing interest' in free-agent reliever Sergio Romo

Sergio Romo might be headed back to the Bay Area -- just to the opposite side.

The former Giants relief pitcher is a free agent, and according to MLB Network's Jon Morosi, the A's reportedly are interested in acquiring his services.

Romo, 36, is a 12-year veteran who spent the first nine seasons of his career with the Giants, playing a major role in helping San Francisco win three World Series titles in a span of five years. Over 60 1/3 combined innings with the Marlins and Twins last season, he posted a 3.43 ERA and 1.11 WHIP with 60 strikeouts and 20 saves.

[RELATED: How Forst thinks state of free-agent market will impact A's]

Liam Hendricks has Oakland's closer spot locked down, but with Blake Treinen being non-tendered, there could be one or more openings in the A's bullpen. Given that Romo has filled just about every possible role within a major league bullpen over the course of his career, he could be an ideal fit if the price is right.