Left-handed reliever Jerry Blevins could be on his way back to Oakland after agreeing to a minor league deal with the Athletics, according to multiple reports Monday. The contract for Blevins, who pitched for the A's from 2007-13 and made three playoff appearances in 2012, provides a spot at major league spring training as a nonroster invitee. He reportedly will earn $1.5 million if he makes the big-league roster.
In his previous stop with the A's, the 35-year-old Blevins compiled a 13-6 record with a 3.30 ERA and 239 strikeouts in 267 innings over 281 appearances, all in relief. In that seven-year span, he earned two saves. The only left-handed reliever currently on Oakland's 40-man roster is Ryan Buchter, who went 6-0 with a 2.75 ERA last season.
Most recently, Blevins pitched in the National League, going 2-3 with a 4.87 ERA for the Washington Nationals in 2014, and 14-4 with a 3.38 ERA and four saves for the New York Mets from 2015-18. Over a 12-year career, Blevins, a 17th-round pick by the Chicago Cubs in the 2004 amateur draft, has gone 29-13 with a 3.52 ERA. He has held left-handed hitters to a .216 batting average.
--Field Level Media