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A’s decline $3.25 million option on reliever Michael Wuertz

Oct 25, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT


Michael Wuertz was injured and ineffective this season, throwing just 34 innings with a 6.68 ERA, so it comes as no surprise that the A’s have declined their $3.25 million option on the 32-year-old reliever for 2012.

Wuertz will receive a $250,000 buyout instead and may have to settle for a minor-league deal as a free agent looking to get his career back on track.

When healthy Wuertz was a very effective setup man for the Cubs and A’s from 2004-2010, logging 381 innings with a 3.45 ERA and 9.7 strikeouts per nine innings. Depending on the status of his thumb injury he could be a very nice low-cost pickup for a team in need of bullpen help.

  1. sknut - Oct 25, 2011 at 6:01 PM

    Mr. Wuertz the Twins are on line 1.

    • henryd3rd - Oct 25, 2011 at 9:31 PM

      Go East young man; Go to the far east.

    • henryd3rd - Oct 25, 2011 at 9:32 PM

      Go East young man; Go to the far east. Ask Bobby Valentine about it.

  2. pjmarn6 - Oct 25, 2011 at 11:36 PM

    Hey no tears on this guy. He has his five years in and about 10 million in the bank. He can coast the rest of his life. We all should be so fortunate.

  3. APBA Guy - Oct 26, 2011 at 11:09 AM

    Pretty much a no-brainer for the A’s. While Aaron lumped in 2010 with Wuertz’s 2004-2009 stats, the fact is that 2010 wasn’t particularly good either, a 4.31 over 39.2 innings, with much time lost to injury. That made 2 consecutive seasons of well below league average performance. And if there is a strength in the A’s organization, it is in the arms coming up from the minors. Wuertz’s slot will become the “try-out” slot for guys coming up from AAA.

  4. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Oct 26, 2011 at 12:27 PM

    It wasn’t the ‘wuertz’ decision Oakland could have made.

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