Oakland Athletics trade former prospect to Marlins for JJ Bleday

Feb 14, 2023, 10:02 AM
JJ Bleday has been traded to the Oakland Athletics. The former #67 of the Miami Marlins takes a swi...
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 18: JJ Bleday #67 of the Miami Marlins takes a swing during a baseball game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on September 18, 2022 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
(Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

The Oakland Athletics are still making moves days before pitchers and catchers to Spring Training.

According to a press release from the team, the A’s sent left-handed pitcher A.J. Puk to the Miami Marlins for outfielder JJ Bleday.

“Bleday was the Marlins first-round pick and the fourth selection overall in the 2019 First-Year Player Draft and made his Major League debut with Miami in 2022,” the release reads. “He batted .167 with five home runs and 16 RBI in 65 games and also walked 30 times for a .277 on-base percentage. The 25-year-old left-handed hitter started 37 games in center field, 15 in left field and four in right field. Bleday also hit .228 with 20 home runs, 52 RBI and an .835 OPS in 85 games with Triple-A Jacksonville and is a .225 hitter with 35 home runs and 125 RBI in 233 games in three professional seasons.”

Puk was a former first-round pick by the Oakland Athletics, and sixth overall in the 2016 draft, who never stayed healthy. He missed the 2018 season because of Tommy John surgery and the 2020 season for shoulder surgery. Last year with the A’s, Puk went 4-3 with a 3.12 ERA and four saves.


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