Herrmann agreed to a contract with the A's on Tuesday, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports. Herrmann appeared in only 36 games for the Mariners in 2018, slashing .237/.322/.421 with two homers in those appearances. He should compete with Josh Phegley in spring training for the starting backstop role. Herrmann owns a career .205/.282/.351 slash line with 24 homers across parts of seven seasons (340 games).
Herrmann wasn't tendered a contract for the 2019 season by the Astros, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports. Herrmann will hit the open market after being claimed off waivers by the Astros at the beginning of November. He hit .237 with two homers and seven RBI over 36 games with the Mariners in 2018.
Herrmann was claimed off waivers by Houston on Friday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports. Herrmann played in just 36 big-league games for the Mariners this past year after battling a couple injuries and spending some time at the Triple-A level. He wound up slashing .237/.322/.421 with two home runs and seven RBI, and will provide the Astros with veteran experience as a reserve backstop.
Herrmann slugged a pinch-hit, two-run, game-winning home run in an extra-innings victory over the Athletics on Tuesday. Herrmann launched a 410-foot shot to right center with Ben Gamel aboard in the 11th, sending the Mariners home winners. The veteran backstop has been relegated to the bench for the majority of September, as he's logged just one start and three pinch-hit appearances while David Freitas has served as Mike Zunino's primary backup.
Herrmann went 1-for-2 with two walks in a loss to the Diamondbacks on Sunday. He's 2-for-6 overall in his three games since returning from a one-game absence due to a knee injury. The veteran backstop has been a solid complement to Mike Zunino behind the dish, logging sporadic starts and providing some decent pop (four doubles, two triples, one home run over 72 plate appearances). While his modest playing time essentially negates any fantasy utility, Herrmann is proving valuable to the Mariners from a real-world baseball perspective and figures to continue seeing semi-regular playing time during the stretch run of the regular season.