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A’s sign Philip Humber to minor league contract

Nov 3, 2013, 11:13 AM EDT

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Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports that the Athletics have reached agreement on a minor league contract with right-hander Philip Humber.

Humber became a free agent on October 3 when the Astros made the easy decision to decline his $3 million club option for the 2014 season. The 30-year-old posted a 7.90 ERA in 54 2/3 innings (mostly as a reliever) this past summer for Houston.

Humber, who threw a perfect game as a member of the White Sox in early 2012, received an invitation to spring training from Oakland but will likely struggle to crack the Opening Day bullpen.

The former first-round pick has a 5.31 career ERA in 371 major league innings.

  1. riverace19 - Nov 3, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    If you throw a perfect game that means you have the talent; Humber just has to get his head right. A’s might as well take a chance at the low low price of free.

    • baseballisboring - Nov 3, 2013 at 5:34 PM

      I mean, yeah, anyone who’s shown even the slightest flash of potential is worth a minor league flier. But he’s 30 with a 5.31 career ERA. I think the perfect game thing was just a crazy anomaly.

  2. psunick - Nov 3, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    Cliche, but true: if Billy Beane sees something there, there’s something there.

    • joerymi - Nov 3, 2013 at 2:57 PM


      Colon was coming off 4 years of 4.66 ERA / 1.416 WHIP

      Now, certainly Colon was getting some “extra” help, but A’s have paid just 5 million for 2 years of CY Young level pitching.

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