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Jake Diekman Traded to A’s

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Royals get prospects Ismael Aquino and Dairon Blanco

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He was gone so soon
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As Max wrote last week, lefty Jake Diekman has been listed as one of the most likely pieces to move at the trade deadline. On Saturday, he was traded to the Oakland Athletics.

The trade was first reported by Jeff Passan:

A’s beat writer Susan Slusser reported the return was OF Dairon Blanco and RHP Ismael Aquino.

In corresponding roster moves:

So Diekman out, 2 prospects in, Zimmer up, Duda DFA’d, O’Hearn recalled.

Here’s the story on Athletics Nation.

Here’s what MLBTR had to say about the prospects:

Blanco, 26, was an ’18 Cuban signee who’d spent all of 2019 at AA-Midland, where the outfielder slashed .276/.342/.468. He didn’t check in among the team’s top 38 prospects at FanGraphs, who did note that the righty possesses “80 grade” speed, which could vault him into a potential fifth outfielder spot in the big leagues.

Aquino, 20, had appeared in 10 games for the A’s Arizona League affiliate, mostly in relief. He didn’t crack the team’s top 30 prospects at either FanGraphs or MLB.com.