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Padres send Kyle Blanks back to Triple-A

San Diego Padres v Seattle Mariners

PEORIA, AZ - FEBRUARY 24: Kyle Blanks #88 of the San Diego Padres stands in the dugout prior to the spring training game against the Seattle Mariners at Peoria Sports Complex on February 24, 2013 in Peoria, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)

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In activating Carlos Quentin from the disabled list the Padres also sent Kyle Blanks back to Triple-A, demoting the 27-year-old outfielder without giving him much of a shot for playing time.

Joe Stiglich of reported earlier this week that the A’s are interested in trading for Blanks, whose power and plate discipline could be a nice fit in a part-time role with Oakland.

San Diego may want to keep Blanks around as insurance considering how often Quentin tends to need time on the disabled list, but at this point it seems safe to say that the former top prospect would get more of an opportunity elsewhere.

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