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Monday, October 15, 2018

Projecting the composition of A’s bullpen in 2019

The A’s bullpen was probably the greatest strength of the team in 2018. Oakland’s pen ranked third in Major League Baseball with a 3.37 ERA and second with a .220 opponents’ batting average, while pitching the second most innings in the league.

The bullpen should still be a strength next season, although it will likely look a bit different. Veterans Fernando Rodney and Jeurys Familia are long shots to return, while Shawn Kelley and Cory Gearrin are questionable at best. But the A’s will still have plenty of young and talented arms to close out games in 2019.

First and foremost, All-Star closer Blake Treinen should be back in green and gold. The 30-year-old is under team arbitration control, projected to make around $5.8 million, according to MLB Trade Rumors. That would be a bargain for the best closer in baseball, especially one who’s capable of pitching multiple innings.

For those curious, this is part of a series that NBC Sports BayArea is running- there are quite a few other articles posted considering this basic topic, with more apparently forthcoming.

 

QLE Posted: October 15, 2018 at 02:39 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, bullpen, projections

 

 

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