San Diego, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The San Diego Padres' busy offseason continued on Thursday when the club acquired power-hitting catcher Derek Norris from Oakland.
Norris will be joined by left-handed pitcher Seth Streich, along with international bonus compensation, in exchange for right-handed pitchers Jesse Hahn and R.J. Alvarez.
The 25-year-old Norris hit a career-best .270 with 10 homers and 55 RBI this past season in Oakland en route to his first All-Star Game selection. He ranked second among AL catchers in batting average and on-base percentage (.361).
Streich spent 2014 with Class-A Stockton and compiled a 9-6 record with 116 strikeouts and a 3.16 ERA in 22 starts for the Ports.
Hahn got some work with the Padres over this past season and went 7-4 with a 3.07 ERA in 14 games -- 12 starts. Alvarez, who was originally acquired by San Diego in the Huston Street trade with the Angels, had a 1.25 ERA in 38 games out of the bullpen for Double-A San Antonio and Arkansas.
The Padres also officially announced their acquisition of Matt Kemp in a trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers which had been reported for over a week. The deal for Kemp hit a snag after the results of the outfielder's physical were a concern.
San Diego's need for a catcher became apparent when it reportedly sent Rene Rivera, among others, to Tampa Bay as part of a three-team deal that will bring 2013 AL Rookie of the Year, Wil Myers, to the Padres.
That trade is pending physicals.