Lefty reliever Diekman receives two-year deal from Athletics

Tue Dec 3 3:23pm ET

Players: Jake Diekman

Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Jake Diekman throws to a Los Angeles Angels batter during the seventh inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Left-handed reliever Jake Diekman reached agreement on a $7.5 million, two-year contract with the Oakland Athletics after joining the club in a trade from Kansas City before last July’s deadline.

Diekman’s deal includes a team option for the 2022 season. Oakland also announced Tuesday that it reached minor league agreements with right-hander Jordan Weems and outfielder Dillon Thomas and each receives an invite to spring training.

After the season, Oakland declined its half of a $5.75 million mutual option on the 32-year-old Diekman, who went 1-1 with a 4.43 ERA in 28 outings for the A’s following his July 27 trade after beginning 0-6 with the Royals. Diekman received a $500,000 buyout, then the A’s decided to bring him back on a new contract.

He made a career-high 76 relief appearances and was second in the AL in games pitched.

In an interesting stat, Diekman had two appearances on May 19 last season with two different clubs. He pitched one inning for the Royals in Anaheim on May 19, and then got into a September game with Oakland against Detroit that had been resumed but with the stats credited for May 19.

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