Padres acquire Austin Nola, Austin Adams & Dan Altavilla from Mariners

August 31st, 2020

SAN DIEGO – The San Diego Padres have acquired catcher Austin Nola and right-handed relievers Austin Adams and Dan Altavilla in exchange for catcher Luis Torrens, infielder Ty France, outfielder Taylor Trammell and right-hander Andres Muñoz, Executive Vice President/General Manager A.J. Preller announced today.

In 29 games for the Mariners this season, Nola batted .306 (30-for-98) with a .373 OBP (9 BB), five doubles, one triple, five home runs, 19 RBI and 15 runs scored. The 30-year-old posted a .942 OPS in 27 games as a catcher in 2020, 3rd-best among all Major League catchers behind ATL’s Travis d’Arnaud (.957) and PHI’s J.T. Realmuto (.949). Nola has hit .324 (23-for-71) with a .549 slugging percentage versus right-handed pitchers this year and has a .400 average (12-for-30) against NL West opponents. He reached base safely in each of his last 10 games prior to the trade.

             Since making his Major League debut in 2019, Nola has appeared in games at catcher (34), 1st base (61), 2nd base (15), 3rd base (5), left field (1) and right field (1), and has made just three total errors combined between those six positions (702 TC). He’s posted a .280 (94-for-336) average with a .351 OBP, .827 OPS, 17 doubles, two triples, 15 home runs, 50 RBI, 32 walks and 52 runs scored in 108 career Major League games. Nola was originally selected by the Miami Marlins in the 5th round of the 2012 First-Year Player draft out of Louisiana State University. The Baton Rouge, La. native is the older brother of Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher, Aaron Nola.

Adams, 29, is currently on the 60-day IL recovering from left knee surgery. In 2019, he went 2-2 with a 3.94 ERA (14 ER, 32.0 IP), 1.13 WHIP, 53 strikeouts (14.91 SO/9.0 IP) and a .179 opponents average in 30 games between the Washington Nationals and Seattle Mariners. In 38 career Major League games, Adams is 2-2 with a 3.79 ERA (16 ER, 38.0 IP) in 38 games. He was originally selected by the Los Angeles Angels in the 8th round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft from the University of South Florida.

A five-year Major League veteran, Altavilla has gone 1-2 with one save, a 7.71 ERA (10 ER, 11.2 IP), and 14 strikeouts (10.80 SO/9.0 IP) in 13 appearances in 2020. He has not allowed an earned run in eight of his 13 games this season and has held right-handed hitters to a .212/.316/.455 slash line. In 108 career games (all in relief for the Mariners), Altavilla is 7-6 with a 4.08 ERA (48 ER, 106.0 IP), 1.33 WHIP and 117 strikeouts (9.93 SO/9.0 IP). He was originally drafted by Seattle in the 5th round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft out of Mercyhurst University (Pa.).