Oakland Athletics Sign Former Mets Pitcher

Vinny Nittoli, a right-handed pitcher formerly with the New York Mets, has inked a minor league deal with the Oakland Athletics.

This opportunity comes on the heels of his decision to become a minor league free agent, following his removal from the New York Mets' 40-man roster.

Nittoli, primarily used as a relief pitcher, has displayed promise with his strikeout ability but has grappled with home runs in recent seasons.

With an invitation to Oakland's Spring Training camp, he now has a chance to vie for a spot in their bullpen, presenting the A's with a cost-effective option to bolster their roster.

Nittoli's journey in professional baseball has seen him make brief appearances in the major leagues over the past three seasons, accumulating 6.2 innings with a 4.05 ERA.

In the previous season, he experimented with transitioning from a four-seam fastball to a cutter in the minors, a move that piqued curiosity about his potential.

Last year, he posted a 4.64 ERA in 42.2 innings at the Triple-A level and had a brief stint with the Mets, allowing just one run over 3.2 innings.

Now, with the A's, he aims to make his mark in their bullpen during the upcoming season. Photo Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports