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Athletics acquire reliever Chris Resop from Pirates

Nov 30, 2012, 8:20 PM EDT

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The Pirates announced earlier this evening that they traded reliever Chris Resop to the Athletics in exchange for right-hander Zach Thornton.

Resop earned $850,000 this past season while posting a 3.91 ERA and 46/24 K/BB ratio over 73 2/3 innings. While the 30-year-old right-hander did a better job limiting walks and inducing ground balls, he averaged just 5.6 K/9. That’s a huge decline from the 10.4 K/9 he averaged from 2010-2011. The Pirates evidently didn’t think it was worth giving him a raise for 2013 and were able to find a match before tonight’s 11:59 p.m. non-tender deadline.

Thornton, 24, posted a 4.53 ERA and 70/19 K/BB ratio over 53 2/3 innings this season with High-A Stockton. He has a 3.29 ERA and 9.9 K/9 over his first three seasons as a pro, but has only pitched one game above the High-A level.

  1. jlovenotjlo - Nov 30, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    So let me get this straight.

    The A’s pick up a major league-ready reliever, one who can be quite effective towards the back of the bullpen. The Pirates pick up a 24 year old righty who will NEVER see a major league inning. Is Beane that good or are the Pirates just that dumb? I think its both.

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