The Oakland Athletics have taken a couple heavy blows when it comes to their starting rotation. First they lost Jarrod Parker to Tommy John surgery, then A.J. Griffin fell to flexor tendinitis and was expected to miss the first three-four weeks of the season.
They got a little bit of a scare after left-hander Scott Kazmir was pulled from his start against the Seattle Mariners a couple days ago after his velocity had dropped. Kazmir was wiggling fingers, which is not something you want to see after losing a couple starts to begin with.
But when there is bad news, there is always good news. According to the Oakland Athletics official twitter account, the A’s and left-handed relief pitcher Sean Doolittle were able to come to an agreement on a five year deal with options for the 2019, 2020 seasons.
The #Athletics agree to terms with Sean Doolittle on a new 5-year contract. Contract runs through ’18, includes club options for ’19, ’20.
— Oakland Athletics (@Athletics) April 18, 2014
The 27 year old lefty is entering his third year in the league.