Rzepczynski struck out one in 0.2 scoreless innings of work Saturday against the Yankees. Rzepczynski entered with two runners in scoring position but was able to escape by striking out Brett Gardner and getting Andrew Romine to ground out. Other than a rough outing in Boston, the lefty has been solid out of the bullpen this season, mainly used as a specialist against left-handed hitters. Oakland has one of the weakest pitching staffs in the league, so Rzepczynski should continue getting plenty of relief opportunities.
Rzepcynski had a scoreless outing Wednesday against the Yankees, allowing a hit over 0.2 innings. Rzepcynski has appeared in seven games for the A's so far in 2016 and has yet to allow a run. He has thrown 5.1 innings in those seven appearances, giving up four hits and a walk while punching out three. He will remain one of the A's stalwarts in the backend of the bullpen, usually deployed to retire lefties.
Rzepczynski signed a one-year contract with the A's on Wednesday, avoiding arbitration, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The A's acquired Rzepczysnki earlier Wednesday along with first baseman Yonder Alonso in exchange for Drew Pomeranz. While Rzepczysnki's final numbers from 2015 appear unsightly on the surface, he was the victim of bad luck -- he had a .381 opponents' BABIP and 53 percent strand rate. His 26 percent strikeout rate and 67.3 percent groundball rate from 2015 bode well for the future.
Rzepcyznski was traded from the Padres to the Athletics on Wednesday, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports. Rzepczynski was traded mid-season from the Indians to the Padres and they then turned around and moved him to the Athletics with Yonder Alonso to acquire Drew Pomeranz. Rzepczynski struggled heavily on the Padres, posting a 7.36 ERA in 27 appearances with a 17:4 K:BB ratio. Rzepczynski will compete for one of the last spots in the bullpen as a LOOGY for the Athletics.
The Indians have traded left-handed reliever Marc Rzepczynski to the Padres for center fielder Abraham Almonte, per ESPN. Rzepczynski has struggled this year after two strong seasons in Cleveland. His 4.43 ERA, if maintained, would be his worst since 2010. The 26-year-old Almonte is hitting just .204 for San Diego this year and is batting .233 in 330 big-league at-bats.