It’s a signing of sorts. The A’s have acquired right-handed pitcher Deolis Guerra today, possibly preparing us for the news of Joakim Soria and/or Yusmeiro Petit finding a new team in the near future (*).
Whilst the latter may well happen, the addition of Guerra isn’t really going to be linked. He’s signed a Minor League contract and gets an invite to the Spring Training camp, so chances are he’ll either start the season in Triple-A (assuming anyone’s playing in Triple-A at the start of the season) or be released.
You may recognise the name from his time pitching out of the Angels’ bullpen in 2016 and 2017. The A’s whopped 4 home runs off him in 9 appearances during that span, the most long-balls he’s given up against any opponent, so maybe there’s something in it for him not to have to face us.
He appeared in 9 games for the Phillies last year, averaging 1 run allowed per inning pitched, so it’s fair to say his Big League record is uninspiring. However there’s always a chance you can catch lightning in a bottle with a relief pitcher, even if only for a short run of games, and he ticks the ‘cheap’ box so that sounds like a Fisher A’s player to me.
A little piece of friendly coaching advice for him. Here are the pitches that the A’s hit home runs off him in 2016 and 2017:
And these are the pitches he gave up home runs on in 2020.
If we can teach him to stay out of the middle part of the plate, he might have a chance.
(*) UPDATE: Literally within an hour of me posting this blog ….