Jake Diekman was traded to the Oakland A’s near the trade deadline this past season. Now, the team has decided to bring him back on a two-year contract. The deal will pay the reliever $7.5 million and includes a club option for the second year, according to Jeff Passan of ESPN.
Jake Diekman’s guarantee on his two-year deal with Oakland will be $7.5 million.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 3, 2019
Jake Diekman Heading Back to the A’s
Diekman didn’t put up great numbers for the A’s last season after coming over. However, he only pitched 20.1 innings in the 28 games he appeared in.
During that time he posted a 4.43 ERA, but his FIP was almost a half-point better.
Overall as a member of the A’s last season, Diekman entered 15 save situations and compiled 13 holds. He also inherited 17 baserunners, but only allowed five of those runners to score.
He was also someone who generally entered in high and medium-leverage situations.
So combining his production with the role that the team used him in after acquiring him, makes this more than worth it.
The A’s are one of the better teams in the league at getting production and value out of players, so a full season of Diekman having a prominent role in the Oakland bullpen will be interesting.
The front office also adding a club option to the second-year of this deal is an ideal situation. Diekman is going to be 33-years old when the upcoming season starts, so him dropping off wouldn’t be a surprise, but this also increases his trade value, if the A’s find themselves not in contention. However, assuming they are in contention again, Diekman can help in many ways.
Overall, this is yet another shrewd move by the Oakland front office.
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