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Jerry Blevins DFA’d But Not Really, Again

July 19, 2011

Unsurprisingly, after pitching his two innings of work in which he allowed the required run that is a part of any Jerry Blevins outing. Blevins was optioned to Sacramento as the A’s needed to make a roster spot for tonight’s starter in Detroit Guillermo Moscoso. However, the thing that is confusing is this again is being reported as a DFA.


“The A’s announced that they designated Jerry Blevins for assignment. The left-hander, who loses his 25-man roster spot to Guillermo Moscoso, remains on Oakland’s 40-man roster, just as he did when Oakland designated him for assignment in May. The move is simply procedural and does not expose Blevins to other clubs.”

John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle also tweets this strange roster move,

“Blevins designated for assignment, still on 40-man roster.”

Only Joe Stiglich of the Oakland Tribune says that it is an option,

“Blevins optioned out to make room for Moscoso.”

While the roster move does not confuse me in the least and was completely expected, this confusing coverage of it again is very much so confusing. When Blevins was first seemingly optioned, it was likewise reported as a DFA with him somehow staying on the 40-man roster, which of course goes against everything we know about what it actually means to be designated for assignment. This is strange to me as it has been a recurring issue specifically just with Blevins. The question becomes is there something more to this transaction that would appear or is it a media coverage problem of misinterpreting a move care of carelessness in the A’s press department? Very strange stuff.

Regardless, Guillermo Moscoso is in, Jerry Blevins is out (thank goodness).

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