The Oakland Athletics acquired veteran right-hander Chris Hatcher from the Los Angeles Dodgers for $500,000 in international bonus slot money. Hatcher has a 4.72 ERA in 206 career major league innings, all in relief.
Hatcher, 32, made his major league debut in 2011 with the then-Florida Marlins. He pitched for parts of four seasons in Miami before joining the Dodgers as part of the three-team trade that sent Dee Gordon to Miami. In 2015, Hatcher had a 3.69 ERA in 39 innings for the Dodgers, but he has struggled with them the past two seasons despite posting high strike-out totals. In 2016, he had a 5.53 ERA and this year, his ERA is 4.66 in 36.2 innings. Hatcher was activated off of the DL (shoulder strain) on August 13. He allowed one run in six innings in his recent rehab stint. Ironically, the one run allowed came against the A’s Arizona Rookie League team on August 1.
Hatcher has a career 9.4 K/9 and his K/9 this season is a career-best 10.6. He allows a lot of homeruns, however, and has given up seven in 36.2 innings this season. Hatcher still has two years remaining of team control, so if the A’s like what they see from Hatcher the rest of this season, he will be a relatively inexpensive addition to their rebuilt bullpen next year.
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