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A's acquire Blanks from Padres for 2 players


The Oakland Athletics acquired a potential right-handed power bat Thursday when they picked up oft-injured first baseman-outfielder Kyle Blanks in a trade with the San Diego Padres.
   San Diego will get minor-league outfielder Jake Goebbert and a player to be named in exchange for Blanks, who has 28 homers in 715 big-league at-bats but has had difficulty staying healthy throughout his career.
   Blanks has yet to appear in more than 88 games in a season with San Diego.
   The Padres optioned Blanks to Triple-A El Paso earlier this week to create room on the roster for Carlos Quentin, who was returning from the disabled list.
   In conjunction with the Blanks move, the Athletics designated first baseman Daric Barton for assignment Thursday.

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