The Oakland A’s bolstered their bullpen on Wednesday, signing left-handed pitcher Eric O’Flaherty to a two-year, $7 million deal.
Ken Rosenthal reported the deal first:
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 22, 2014
Before being forced to miss the rest of the season with Tommy John surgery, O’Flaherty was effective for the Atlanta Braves in 19 appearances in 2013. The last time he had an ERA north of 4.00 was 2009. His best season was 2011, when he put up a 0.98 ERA and a 8.19 K/9 mark in an astounding 78 appearances.
As Rosenthal notes, the A’s won’t actually have O’Flaherty available to them until sometime in the middle of the season. They likely cannot expect the durability or effectiveness from him right away, but if he’s effective that will be a solid addition in the middle of the season.
O’Flaherty stands to benefit from the vast foul ground and outfield of the Oakland Coliseum. Earlier this off-season it was rumored that the Braves would be interested in bring the LHP back to Atlanta. For now, this signing will fly under the radar. But if the A’s are in contention once again, this could be another one of their trademark understated but effective moves.