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A’s Sign Mike Zagurski to MiLB Deal

August 18, 2013

The A’s have signed southpaw reliever Mike Zagurski to a minor league deal that contains a September 1st opt-out date. First off before even talking about Zagurski, is it just me or is the September 1st opt-out sort of strange? If you do an August 31st, conceivably someone could add you to their playoff roster if need be, September 1st seems sort of silly, but whatever, it isn’t my contract. Maybe he is thinking that when you are shuttling around from team to team a playoff appearance is just not in the cards.

Regardless, Zagurski, started his season with the Pirates on an MiLB deal before he elected free-agency when he was DFA’d in June. For the Pirates he appeared in six games, posting a 15.00 ERA, but was only 8.04 FIP bad as he managed 7.5 K/9, 12.0 BB/9 and 1.5 HR/9 in his six innings on the hill. Ouch. xFIP liked him a little more at just 7.02. He did pitch well with the Indianapolis Indians, the Pirates top minor-league club where he threw 21 innings with a whopping 15.9 K/9, 3.9 BB/9 and 0.9 HR/9 for a strong 2.14 ERA and 2.34 FIP. After leaving the Pirates organization he signed on with the Yankees and pitched 26 1/3 innings at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre throwing 13.0 K/9, 4.1 BB/9 and 0.7 HR/9 for a 3.08 ERA and 2.78 FIP. In his career which has been split between the Phillies, Diamondbacks and Pirates he has earned an unsightly 6.84 ERA in 75 innings of 9.0 K/9, 5.5 BB/9 and 1.3 HR/9 baseball that adds to a 5.07 FIP.

I don’t see how Zagurski makes this A’s squad that already has two lefties in the pen (Sean Doolittle and Jerry Blevins) and others hanging around at Sacramento like Pedro Figueroa and Hideki Okajima, Prepare for a September 1st outright?

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