Posted By Jeff Fletcher 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.