Oakland Athletics Sign Capable Reliever

An interesting addition by the Oakland Athletics.

The Athletics have signed pitcher Drew Steckenrider to a minor-league contract with an invite to spring training.

Steckenrider will compete this spring for a spot in the team's Opening Day bullpen.

The thirty-two-year-old made 16 relief appearances for the Seattle Mariners last season, compiling an underwhelming 5.65 ERA, 1.81 WHIP, and 10 strikeouts over 14.1 innings of work.

However, in the 2021 season, Steckenrider was a very effective closer for the Mariners, converting 14 saves along with a 2.00 ERA, so the A's will hope to reclaim some of that success.

For his major-league career, Steckenrider holds a strong 3.27 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, with 210 strikeouts across 195.2 innings. 

He spent three seasons with the Miami Marlins and two with the Mariners.
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