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Resop Designated for Assignment

May 17, 2013

I haven’t thought Chris Resop has been a very good pitcher this year. That he has been used just four times in May compared to 14 times in April says that Bob Melvin may have been feeling the same way. On Tuesday Resop earned the loss in the tenth inning against the Rangers and today he lost his job with the A’s as they designated him for assignment. On the year Resop ends his Oakland tenure with 18 appearances for 18.0 innings pitched of 6.5 K/9, 5.0 BB/9 and 1.5 HR/9 baseball. He has a .322 BABIP (not much higher than his .316 career mark) but has been victimized by a higher than usual 15.0% HR/FB%. His ERA stands at an ugly 6.00, his FIP not much better at 5.75 and his xFIP if you want to give credit to that messed up HR/FB% still is high at 5.18 adding up to a grand total of -0.3 WAR. For what I think is an important stat for relievers he has two shutdowns to two meltdowns, the thing most striking to me there is how little he was used in a game with much risk as he only had four of those “decisions”. One can see his diminished stock as gmLI on the year was 0.94 but since April 14th he had been used in 1.00+ gmLI situations just twice including his final appearance.

Replacing Resop on the 25-man roster will be left-hander Hideki Okajima, a non-roster invitee who had been lighting the world on fire in Sacramento. In 14 appearances Okajima had thrown 16.2 innings of 9.7 K/9, 1.1 BB/9 and 0.5 HR/9 baseball for a 2.16 ERA and commensurate with that 2.18 FIP.

Players have been known to be designated for assignment and then outrighted and then later re-added to the 40-man roster (most recently of course being Daric Barton) and it is conceivable that happens with Resop as it seems very likely he’d clear waivers without issue.

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