Blake Treinen was the Nationals' first choice to close, but he absorbed a 7.11 ERA and a 2.53 WHIP through his first eight games and then spent several months in irrelevant fantasy roles until Washington shipped him to the Athletics. For his new club, he rattled off a 2.13 ERA with 42 strikeouts in 38 innings while converting 13 of 16 save chances. At season's end, he'd increased his swinging-strike rate from 10.5 percent in 2016 to 13.1 percent His sinker, emerging plus-slider and serviceable four-seam fastball gained velocity befitting a stopper. The right-hander should be ready for spring training following October surgery to remove a cyst from his middle pitching finger. It's safe to wonder whether that was hindering his grip last season, considering his elite groundball rate dipped to a still awesome 58.4 percent.
Treinen (finger) agreed to a one-year, $2.15 million deal with Oakland on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports. This marks the second offseason he was arbitration eligible. Treinen underwent minor surgery to remove a cyst from his middle finger in October, but should be completely healed and ready for the start of spring training. In 2017, the right-hander posted a 3.93 ERA and 1.39 WHIP over 75.2 innings split between Washington and Oakland.
Treinen underwent successful surgery to remove a cyst from his middle finger Monday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. It was a minor procedure and Treinen is expected to be ready for the start of spring training. The 29-year-old posted a 2.13 ERA for the A's after being acquired from the Nationals, and Oakland has expressed interest in using him as the closer next season.
Treinen will have a small cyst surgically removed from his middle finger later this week, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The issue was minor and didn't affect Treinen's pitching at all, but the team will have it taken care of now that the season is over. Treinen compiled a 2.13 ERA for the A's after being acquired from the Nationals, and Oakland has expressed interest in using him as the closer next year.
Treinen worked around a hit with a strikeout in a scoreless inning of work to earn his 16th save of the season Sunday against the Rangers. Treinen was squared up for a two-out double in this appearance, but he promptly got Brett Nicholas to line out to end the game. Though he struggled mightily at times this year, Treinen finished the season in strong form, with 10 consecutive scoreless innings, racking up six saves during that span. He posted a 2.13 ERA after being acquired from the Nationals.
Treinen picked up his 15th save of the season Thursday, allowing one hit and one walk while striking out one in a scoreless inning against Texas. He allowed the first two batters he faced to reach base, but Treinen buckled down and escaped with his 12th save in 13 chances since taking over as the closer in Oakland. Improved control has been a key to his success this season -- Treinen has shaved his BB/9 to 3.0, from 4.2 a year ago. The right-hander should enter camp next spring with a decent leash in the ninth-inning role.