Jerry Blevins

Giants add three more players to big league camp as non-roster invitees

Giants add three more players to big league camp as non-roster invitees

The Giants invited three more veterans to spring training as non-roster invitees, and did so in areas where they're expected to have heated position battles. 

Left-handed reliever Jerry Blevins, right-handed starter Tyson Ross and catcher Rob Brantly all will be in camp next month, giving the Giants 21 non-roster players. The additions of Ross and Blevins had previously been reported

Blevins, in particular, might find himself in a pretty good spot as pitchers and catchers get going Feb. 12. The former A's reliever has had a solid 13-year career and joins a team that needs left-handed relief depth after Will Smith departed in free agency.

The Giants brought Tony Watson back, but it's a young group behind him, with Andrew Suarez and Wandy Peralta currently standing as the next two left-handed relief options on the roster. Conner Menez might get a look in the bullpen and Tyler Anderson and Drew Smyly could be options if they're not in the rotation. 

Blevins, 36, had a 3.90 ERA and averaged more than 10 strikeouts per nine innings for the Atlanta Braves last season. He previously pitched for the New York Mets, so manager Gabe Kapler has a history facing him when Kapler managed the Philadelphia Phillies.

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Ross, a Bay Area native, adds more rotation depth to a group that already includes Smyly, Anderson and Kevin Gausman behind Jeff Samardzija and Johnny Cueto. Tyler Beede and Logan Webb also will be fighting to keep the spots they earned last summer. Ross made just seven starts for the Tigers last year before getting shut down with an elbow injury. 

Brantly has scattered big league time with the Miami Marlins and Chicago White Sox and got one at-bat for Kapler's Phillies last year. The 30-year-old spent most of last season in Triple-A, batting .314 with six homers. He joins incumbent Aramis Garcia and fellow newcomers Tyler Heineman and Chad Tromp in the race to back up Buster Posey. 

MLB rumors: Jerry Blevins signs minor league contract with Giants

MLB rumors: Jerry Blevins signs minor league contract with Giants

The Giants signed veteran left-handed reliever Jerry Blevins to a minor league contract, The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reported Monday night, citing a source.

The deal includes an invitation to major league camp, Rosenthal reported.

Blevins responded to Rosenthal's tweet, all but confirming the news.

Blevins has pitched parts of 13 seasons with four different teams. He's spent time with the A's, Washington Nationals, New York Mets and Atlanta Braves.

Last season with Atlanta, the 36-year-old posted a 3.90 ERA and 37 strikeouts in 32.1 innings over 45 appearances.

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Blevins appears to be another low-risk, high-reward signing by the Giants' front office. If he makes the team out of spring training and shows he has value, he could be a prime trade candidate ahead of the July 31 trade deadline.

If Farhan Zaidi and Scott Harris can turn Blevins into a future asset, this will look like another stealthy move.

A's Opening Day roster told us plenty before loss to Mariners in Japan


A's Opening Day roster told us plenty before loss to Mariners in Japan

The A's were allowed to bring 30 players on their trip to Japan before cutting the Opening Day roster to 28, including three inactive players. Oakland announced that roster Tuesday, and while there were no major surprises, we did see an interesting development in the bullpen.

Right-handers Ryan Dull and J.B. Wendelken both made the active roster, while left-hander Jerry Blevins was nowhere to be found. Now that doesn't mean his tenure with the A's is over. The 35-year-old signed a minor-league deal with Oakland this offseason and has an opt-out option at the end of next month, the San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser reported.

Oakland was hoping Blevins would emerge as a second left-hander in the bullpen, joining Ryan Buchter, but the veteran had a dismal spring. Blevins allowed eight earned runs in just three innings, surrendering three home runs. It appears Wendelken, after a strong outing in the season opener, may be the favorite to claim the eighth and final bullpen spot.

Meanwhile, the A's placed Jharel Cotton and Nick Martini on the 10-day IL and Chris Herrmann on the 60-day IL. Herrmann underwent arthroscopic knee surgery earlier this month and clearly won't be back for a while. That means Nick Hundley and Josh Phegley will split the catching duties to begin the season.

Hundley started the opener with Phegley replacing him in the late innings.

Oakland's first four starting pitching slots will be occupied by Mike Fiers, Marco Estrada, Brett Anderson, and Frankie Montas. The fifth starter job remains open, with top prospect Jesús Luzardo still a strong possibility.

Luzardo didn't make the trip to Japan but continued his normal throwing routine in Arizona following a terrific spring training.

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The A's will have to set their official 25-man roster before their March 28 home opener against the Angels.