Carignan Optioned to Make Room for Blackley
Andrew Carignan has not had a very good year for the A’s. In six and a third innings playing with the A’s he has 5.7 K/9 with 11.4 BB/9 a ratio no pitcher in the Majors should have. He has a 7.11 ERA and a 5.48 FIP giving him a weak -0.1 WAR on the short season. While those are the totals for the year, his second stint of the year did not demonstrate much improvement as he had two innings of three walk, two run baseball with one lone strikeout. Despite this lack of success, I am not thrilled that he has been ousted from the bullpen in favor of new addition Travis Blackley.
First and foremost the 29-year-old Blackley has not had any sort of success at the Major League level and calling him even a replacement level bullpen arm may be complimentary as with a 9.30 career ERA and 7.79 FIP he certainly hasn’t been for any of his managers a “relief” in the role of relief pitcher. Even if we assume that he somehow is a worthwhile arm for the bullpen, the A’s bullpen now is so exaggeratedly left-handed as to be a joke. Of the seven bullpen arms now five are southpaws: Jerry Blevins, Pedro Figueroa, Brian Fuentes and Jordan Norberto in addition to Blackley. The only looks from the right side are Grant Balfour and Ryan Cook. Yet meanwhile A’s brass somehow has determined that having a 9.30 career ERA, 29-year-old and having a 71% left-handed bullpen is somehow more advantageous than calling up Fautino De Los Santos who while though he has a 7.36 ERA with the River Cats has a 1.70 FIP and astounding 12.3 K/9. A’s brass has also somehow determined that having a 9.30 career ERA, 29-year-old and having a 71% left-handed bullpen is somehow more advantageous than calling up Neil Wagner who despite a 5.87 ERA has a 2.68 FIP and 10.6 K/9 to just 1.8 BB/9. How on earth these right-handed and better arms are best used in Sacramento as opposed to Oakland is beyond me. I’d rather have Carignan, or De Los Santos or Wagner in Oakland right now than Oakland’s idea of finding a pitcher passed on by seven organizations accumulating just 39 2/3 innings since making his debut in 2004 in Blackley is at all advisable. Can’t say I like this move one iota.