LHP Jake Diekman returns to Oakland Athletics on two-year deal

Left-handed reliever Jake Diekman agreed to a two-year contract, with a 2022 club option, with the Oakland A’s, the team announced on Tuesday.

The contract is reportedly worth $7.5 million over the two years, per the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser.

Diekman came to the A’s in a trade with the Kansas City Royals at the 2019 trade deadline. He recorded a 4.43 ERA with 21 strikeouts, 16 walks and a 3.95 FIP and allowed no home runs in 20.1 innings as an Athletic.

Though he struggled with his command at times — he had a 1.31 strikeout-to-walk ratio — Diekman often displayed knockout stuff. His fastball/sinker combo clocked in around the mid-90s mph with a semi-consistent wipeout slider.

The A’s declined Diekman’s $5.75 million mutual option after the season ended, making him a free agent.

The 32-year-old left-handed reliever’s 76 total appearances had the second-most in the American League.

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