Source: Ex-Giants pitcher agrees to two-year, $10 million deal with A's


Source: Ex-Giants pitcher agrees to two-year, $10 million deal with A's

The A’s remain the exception in what’s generally been a slow-moving offseason of transactions around the majors.

They continued adding to their bullpen Wednesday, agreeing to terms with one-time Giant Yusmeiro Petit on a two-year contract, a source confirmed to The Athletic reported that it's a $10 million deal with a club option for 2020.

The 33-year-old right-hander was a workhorse for the Los Angeles Angels last season, leading all major league relievers with 87 1/3 innings and posting a 2.76 ERA. He averaged 10.0 strikeouts per nine innings and just 1.8 walks in what was, across the board, the finest season of his 10-year career.

Petit will join Oakland’s crowded right-handed relief contingent that recently added Emilio Pagan from Seattle in a trade for Ryon Healy. With a surplus of right-handed bullpen arms, the A’s may face a tough call or two leading up to Friday’s deadline to tender contracts to players eligible for arbitration. Liam Hendriks and Chris Hatcher, both righty relievers, are among their seven remaining players who are arb-eligible.

Those who get non-tendered become free agents.

The A’s have yet to announce Petit’s signing, but his skill set would be a nice fit for them. He’s proven to be a versatile performer, having pitched in every relief role imaginable over his career. Of his 59 relief appearances last season, in 33 of them he worked more than one inning. But he also made one spot start and saved four games.

Petit won a World Series ring with the Giants in 2014 and earned a victory with six scoreless innings in their memorable 18-inning win over the Nationals in the NL Division Series that season.

The A’s remain in the market for a lefty reliever, but they have no shortage of righties in their ‘pen. Blake Treinen, Santiago Casilla (in the second of a two-year contract), Pagan, Petit and Ryan Dull seemingly would take up five spots in what’s likely to be a seven-man, or at max, an eight-man ‘pen. Hatcher assumed a setup role upon joining the A’s in August and will return if he’s tendered a contract. Hendriks remains in the mix for now.

The A’s will also require a couple of lefties. Incumbent Daniel Coulombe could be one and Oakland is looking to add another. There’s also righties Raul Alcantara, Chris Bassitt and Frankie Montas, the latter of which is out of minor league options.

According to The Athletic, first to report Petit's deal, he will be paid $3.5 million in 2018 and $5.5 million in 2019. The A’s hold a $5.5 million club option for 2020 that includes a $1 million buyout.

Report: A's agree to deal with familiar veteran pitcher


Report: A's agree to deal with familiar veteran pitcher

On the same day the Oakland A's learned they'd be without Jharel Cotton all season, they reportedly reached an agreement with a familiar face to bolster their pitching depth. 

Oakland agreed to a one-year, Major League deal with Trevor Cahill pending the results of a physical, according to's Jane Lee. 

Cahill, a 2006 A's second-round draft pick, pitched for Oakland from 2009-11. He started 96 games in three seasons with the A's, going 40-35 with a 3.91 ERA and 1.32 WHIP. Since Oakland traded him to the Arizona Diamondbacks in Dec. 2011, Cahill's pitched for six teams. 

The 30-year-old won a World Series ring with the Chicago Cubs in 2016, and pitched for the San Diego Padres and Kansas City Royals last season. In 2017, he went 4-3 in 21 appearances (14 starts) with a 4.93 ERA and 1.62 WHIP. 

A's Jharel Cotton to undergo Tommy John surgery, miss 2018 season


A's Jharel Cotton to undergo Tommy John surgery, miss 2018 season

The A's will be without starting pitcher Jharel Cotton for the entire 2018 season as he is set to undergo Tommy John surgery. 

Cotton, 26, went 9-10 with a 5.58 ERA in 2017 after a rookie season in which he went 2-0 with a 2.15 ERA in five starts. Leading up to the injury, he was 0-1 with a 3.75 ERA over four appearances in spring training.

Watch Cotton react to the news: