A’s acquire Michael Wuertz

Posted By on February 2, 2009 10:56 am

The A’s just picked up right-handed reliever Michael Wuertz from the Cubs in exchange for minor leaguers Richie Robnett and Justin Sellers.

Wuertz, 30, is a journeyman who has been part of the Cubs bullpen off and on for the past few years. Last year he had a 3.63 ERA in 44 2/3 innings. His career ERA is 3.57 in parts of five years. He’s been pretty consistent, though. His ERA has been under 4.00 each of the past four years.

In his career he’s been just as good against righties and lefties: .233 vs RHs and .232 vs. LHs. Lefties have hit for a little more power against him, though.

Considering that I don’t think either of those minor leaguers fit into the plans, it looks like a good move for the A’s to shore up a bullpen that was a little thin beyond Joey Devine, Brad Ziegler and newly-signed Russ Springer. Looks like now there are three jobs to be had among Jerry Blevins, Santiago Casilla, Chris Shroeder, Jeff Gray and Gio Gonzalez/Josh Outman (whoever isn’t the fifth starter). Of that group I’d say Blevins is the most likely to be one of the relievers because he’s a nasty lefty, and Casilla also probably has a pretty good shot.

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2 Responses to “A’s acquire Michael Wuertz”

  1. Kevin says:

    Any info on the possibility that the loser of the number five spot in the rotation would start the season at AAA to give them work every five days and to keep them stretched out? I like all the names you mentioned above so I guess we’ll just see how they do during ST.

  2. Jeremy says:

    It definitely could change in ST, but the plan should be to keep the loser of Outman/Gonzalez starting in AAA considering the injury histories of Duke, Gallagher, and Braden.

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