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Otero Contract Purchased, Okajima Demoted

June 14, 2013

Dan Otero had his contract purchased today by the A’s which was not surprising as oftentimes there is a move following an 18 inning game and nearly always it involves finding a new reliever for the big league club. Otero who the A’s claimed off of waivers from the Yankees this spring, had appeared in 23 games for the River Cats serving as their closer notching 15 saves. In his 27 1/3 innings he managed 7.2 K/9, 0.3 BB/9 and 0.0 HR/9 for a sparkling 0.99 ERA and still incredible 1.81 FIP. He certainly has earned a shot at the MLB level where previously his only experience was with the 2012 Giants where he went 12 1/3 innings of 5.84 ERA, 2.77 FIP baseball backed by 5.8 K/9, 1.5 BB/9 and 0.0 HR/9.

To make room for Otero the A’s made two roster moves. The 25-man roster spot was cleared by sending Hideki Okajima back to Sacramento. Yesterday Okajima was the only shaky reliever, but despite having strong numbers the peripherals suggest disaster loomed on the horizon. Okajima had a 2.25 ERA, albeit in just four innings across five games, with a 7.31 FIP due to his 2.3 K/9, 4.5 BB/9 and 2.3 HR/9 not aided at all by a .353 BABIP. How did he hold it all together? An improbable 100.0% strand rate. Go figure?

Meanwhile, the 40-man roster spot was cleared by moving Brett Anderson from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list. Just like last year where the A’s pitchers dropped like flies, having to resort to their River Cats starters hasn’t affected the A’s who have excelled in their ace’s absence. While normally losing a pitcher of Anderson’s caliber for a longer chunk of time than anticipated would be startling, I actually have confidence that the A’s can quite easily overcome this bump in the road.

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