Figueroa Recalled; Miller Optioned
CORRECTION: Reader Ken Arneson noted correctly that Miller has been optioned not to Sacramento but to Stockton of the California League. With Sacramento headed to the playoffs, apparently by optioning him to Stockton he is eligible to return to the A’s as soon as the Cal League season is completed.
This move doesn’t make sense to me. I am not entirely sure how this works though so my fears could be unfounded. Jim Miller has been optioned to Sacramento while Pedro Figueroa has been recalled to take his place. Now… I am unclear as to whether or not this means Miller cannot be recalled until September 9th, or given the expansion of MLB rosters if he is able to circumvent the ten day rule and return to Oakland tomorrow. If it is the former, this move seems highly nonsensical, if it is the latter the move still seems sort of pointless. Regardless, Figueroa who has probably shuttled back and forth more than any other Athletic this year, is back with his 1.20 ERA and terrible 5.08 FIP because his peripherals suck: 4.8 K/9, 6.6 BB/9 and 0.6 HR/9. The ERA us purely based upon the never can possibly stay this low .184 BABIP and 96.6% strand rate. But the lanky lefty is back. In Sacramento he now has thrown a total of 44 2/3 innings, of 8.1 K/9, 3.6 BB/9 and 0.2 HR/9 baseball for a 2.62 ERA and (a surprisingly high) 3.11 FIP.
Miller meanwhile returns to Sacramento for a day or more. In Oakland he has the same condition Figueroa has, terrible peripherals backed by incredible unsustainable BABIP and strand rate numbers: .245 and 94.3% in his case. These leave Miller with a 2.02 ERA despite a 4.53 FIP backed by poor 8.1 K/9, 4.5 BB/9 and 1.0 HR/9 peripherals. To me this move doesn’t do much to improve or weaken the A’s, if it sidelines Miller from the MLB lineup for nine days though for just the sake of bullpen depth I don’t get it.