Oakland A’s reunite with Jerry Blevins on minor league deal

Signing a left-handed reliever wasn’t as high up on the A’s list of priorities as starting pitching or catcher, but they may have just filled that need before the other two.

A familiar face is back with the organization as the club signed Jerry Blevins to a minor league deal Monday. According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, Blevins would earn a $1.5 million salary if he makes the big league club, and he should have a good shot given the current state of the bullpen.

Ryan Buchter is the only left-hander on the A’s 40-man roster. While Buchter is utilized often against right-handed batters as well as lefties, Blevins is more of a left-handed specialist. In 12 big league seasons, Blevins has held left-handers to a .216 batting average. He’ll compete with other non-roster invitees Dean Kiekhefer, Kyle Crockett and Kyle Lobstein for a spot on the on the big league roster as the A’s second lefty.

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