Wednesday, February 21

Oakland Athletics send 3B to Toronto Blue Jays


TABLE, Ariz. — Matt Chapman knew he was likely to be traded as part of the A’s firesale in the weeks ahead of Opening Day. On Wednesday, he finally was.

The two-time Platinum Glove-winning third baseman was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays, according to reports from former major leaguer Carlos Baerga and Jon Morosi of MLB.com.

In return, the A’s will receive pitchers Gunnar Hoglund, Zach Logue and Kirby Snead, along with shortstop Kevin Smith, according to Toronto columnist Shi Davidi. Hoglund was the Jays’ No. 3 prospect in MLB’s 2021 rankings while Smith was ranked No. 9 and Logue was No. 27.

It’s the third trade of a significant contributor already this week, following Matt Olson being sent to Atlanta on Monday and pitcher Chris Bassitt getting dealt to the New York Mets on Saturday. It likely won’t be the last, with rumors continuing to swirl around outfielder Ramón Laureano.

Chapman, 28 (but turning 29 in late April), had what he felt was an underwhelming 2021, batting .210 with 27 home runs and 72 RBI. But coming off hip surgery in late 2020, Chapman told reporters Sunday he’s feeling like he’s built his strength back up and feels ready to get back to his previous all-star worthy form.

“I know, when I’m healthy, what I’m capable of, and I’ve shown it before in this league,” Chapman said Sunday. “I think I want to return to what I was doing in ’18, ’19, but just a more experienced, healthier version of that. Because I think this is the healthiest I’ve ever felt.”

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Hoglund, the 19th overall pick in the 2021 amateur draft out of Ole Miss, is the third former first-round selection acquired by the A’s this week. The right-handed pitcher joins former top-10 pick, catcher Shea Langeliers, and another 2021 first-round pick, pitcher Ryan Cusick, who were both acquired from Atlanta in the Olson trade.

Hoglund is recovering from Tommy John surgery last May and told MLB.com in February that rehab was going smoothly as he had been throwing post-surgery for about four months. Snead and Smith made their MLB debuts last year and, along with Logue, are “major league-ready,” according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan.


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