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Friday, December 16, 2022

Trevor May heads to A’s on 1-year deal

The A’s added some much-needed experience to their bullpen on Friday by signing right-handed reliever Trevor May to a one-year deal.

The contract is worth $7 million and includes a $1 million signing bonus and performance bonuses that could earn May another $500,000, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

May had somewhat of a down year for the Mets in 2022 as he battled injuries. The 33-year-old posted a 5.04 ERA with 30 strikeouts and nine walks in 25 innings across 26 relief appearances. Most of those struggles, however, came in his first eight outings of the season while he posted a 8.64 ERA before going on the injured list with a stress reaction in his right arm. Over his final 18 appearances, May notched a 3.24 ERA with 25 strikeouts and six walks in 16 2/3 innings.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 16, 2022 at 04:25 PM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The Duke Posted: December 16, 2022 at 07:10 PM (#6109804)
That's a massive salary for the A's
   2. Howie Menckel Posted: December 16, 2022 at 07:47 PM (#6109810)
they'll only pay half of it before he is traded at midseason, though
   3. Nasty Nate Posted: December 16, 2022 at 08:09 PM (#6109813)
some much-needed experience
Basically a euphemism.
   4. Doug Jones threw harder than me Posted: December 17, 2022 at 03:23 AM (#6109843)
I cannot understand why the A's would do this. The possible benefits of trading him mid-season are outweighed by the injury/suckitude risk.
   5. DL from MN Posted: December 17, 2022 at 09:16 AM (#6109847)
I cannot understand why the A's would do this.

Avoiding a grievance from the union.
   6. A triple short of the cycle Posted: December 17, 2022 at 09:19 AM (#6109848)
That's a massive salary for the A's

They can afford it if they trade Laureano...
   7. Walt Davis Posted: December 17, 2022 at 02:44 PM (#6109883)
This is ... vile? I mean I have nothing against Trevor May, good for him and better $7 M in his pocket than in the A's owners. But ... he's a reliever with a career 96 ERA+, 78 ERA+ last year while, as the excerpt notes, he missed half the season. He hasn't had an above-average season since 2019.

He won't sell a ticket. He won't make the evening news highlights. The flawed but occasionally spectacular Joey Gallo signed for 1/$11 but the A's make this deal?

So indeed, it sure looks like the A's are just tossing some money out there willy-nilly to get total payroll up to Pirate levels so nobody pays too much attention to the $100 M from other teams being shoved under the owner's door.
   8. Buck Coats Posted: December 17, 2022 at 09:04 PM (#6109933)
That's been the thing I've found most surprising about the FA market - how much the fringe guys are getting! I keep seeing guys who I would expect to get 1-2 million signing for 6-8 million!

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