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A's sign Eric O'Flaherty to two-year, $7 million contract

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

Eric O'Flaherty is shifting coasts and leagues.
Eric O'Flaherty is shifting coasts and leagues. (USATSI)

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Free agent relief pitcher Eric O'Flaherty has agreed to a two-year, $7 million deal with the Oakland Athletics, confirms Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.

O'Flaherty, 28, is coming off season-ending Tommy John surgery and isn't likely to be available until around the All-Star break this coming season.

Prior to the injury, O'Flaherty was among the top left-handed relievers in baseball. In the past four seasons combined, O'Flaherty sports a 1.68 ERA (234 ERA+), 1.13 WHIP and has struck out 160 hitters in 193 innings. He rarely allows inherited runners to score, as in 2012 only one of his 22 inherited runners scored.

Once O'Flaherty returns, he joins Luke Gregerson, Sean Doolittle and Ryan Cook as setup men for closer Jim Johnson.

News of the signing was first reported by Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.

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