Pedro Figueroa Released
To make room for new acquisition Chris Gimenez, the A’s have elected to release left-handed pitcher Pedro Figueroa. Figueroa seemed to be clinging to a roster spot for a while, never materializing the way A’s scouts had envisioned. The 28-year old pitched three innings with Oakland in 2013, impressing no one with his 12.00 ERA in line with a 12.71 FIP, though really with three innings does it mean anything? He saw more time with Oakland in 2012 going 21 2/3 innings of 3.32 ERA baseball that were quite shaky as his 5.08 FIP would attest as the peripherals were an ugly 5.8 K/9, 6.2 BB/9 and 0.8 HR/9. So he ends his Athletics career with a grand total of 24 2/3 innings of 6.2 K/9, 6.6 BB/9 and 1.5 HR/9 baseball for an ERA of 4.38 and FIP of 6.01. Good riddance.
In Sacramento he pitched more admirably with 59 1/3 innings (all in relief save for one start) where he again struggled with control (5.0 BB/9) while having modest strikeout numbers (5.0 K/9) and ERA (4.10) and an ugly HR/9 rate (1.4) and FIP (5.29). It is telling that here is a left-handed pitcher and the A’s didn’t even bother DFA’ing him but instead released him. Clearly they don’t see much to salvage in the Dominican who has been a part of the organization since 2003.