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Wagner Claimed by Padres

May 28, 2012

The waiver wire rules are complicated, but generally players are placed on waivers for a reason. I’m not entirely sure why Neil Wagner found himself on waivers, there are no other moves that have been made to my knowledge and I am curious as to what got him placed on the waiver wire, but needless to say he was placed there and today the San Diego Padres claimed him.

Wagner, who was briefly with the A’s this season but did not appear in a game, had a messy 5.96 ERA that masked his strong 2.64 FIP backed by an astounding 11.0 K/9, 2.8 BB/9 and 0.5 HR/9 across 19 2/3 innings with the River Cats. Wagner in his Athletics career finishes with just six appearances totalling five innings of work (all in 2011) featuring 7.2 K/9, 5.4 BB/9 and 1.8 HR/9 baseball with a 7.20 ERA and near as ugly 6.43 FIP. Though older and not really truly a prospect anymore, the 28-year-old Wagner seemed to have some promise and was a useful piece to have waiting in the wings in Sacramento.

One move I’d love to see the A’s make with a newly opened 40-man roster spot, is to sign new free-agent Jason Marquis. Like with Brandon Inge, the A’s would only be responsible for the league minimum salary for a pitcher who as recently as 2009 was a 4.0 WAR hurler. Marquis, released by the Twins had an 8.47 ERA and 7.23 FIP in 34 innings with 3.2 K/9, 3.7 BB/9 and 2.4 HR/9. While not someone who will be confused for an all-time great anytime soon, he is a groundball pitcher who could certainly benefit from playing in the Coliseum with its run suppressing tendencies making for possible August trade bait.

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