The Oakland Athletics made an important move to bolster their bullpen heading into next season, signing relief pitcher, Pat Neshek to a one year deal. Neshek’s one year deal avoids arbitration with Oakland.
Neshek, 32, pitched in 24 regular season games for Oakland last season, recording a 2-1 record along with a 1.37 earned run average. He held hitters to a .147 batting average in 19.2 innings on the mound, to go with 16 strikeouts.
He also pitched in the AAA International League last season, recording a 3-2 record and a 2.66 earned run average in 35 games. Neshek struck out 49 batters in 44 innings, but also gave up 42 hits in the same period.
Neshek is a side arm pitcher and has spent time with the Minnesota Twins, mostly used as a middle reliever and a specialist for right handed batters. His best year with the Twins came during the 2006 regular season, when he posted an outstanding 2.19 earned run average out of the bullpen along with a 4-2 record. Neshek struck out 53 batters in only 37 innings pitched, along with only walking six batters.
With Neshek signed, the Athletics can now pursue other options and needs for next season, including resigning relief pitcher, Jerry Blevins. He will head to arbitration unless the Athletics sign him to a contract before then. Blevins was a key left handed reliever for Oakland last season, posting a 5-1 record along with a 2.48 earned run average.