Buchter will become a free agent after being non-tendered by the Athletics on Monday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Buchter posted a solid 2.98 ERA and 1.43 WHIP with 50 punchouts over 45.1 innings, but he'll head to the open market after failing to receive a contract extension.
Buchter (1-1) earned the win Saturday, allowing just two hits and a walk while striking out one in 1.1 innings in an 8-6 win over the Rangers. Saturday's game became an impromptu bullpen game for the Athletics when Mike Fiers exited with an arm injury in the second inning. Buchter ended the fourth by striking out Elvis Andrus after allowing an inherited runner to score, but he kept it clean in the fifth after the Athletics restored a two-run lead with a Mark Canha homer. Buchter has a 2.79 ERA and 1.48 WHIP in 42 innings this season, adding 12 holds while primarily working in the middle innings. He has fired off 6.1 scoreless innings over his last eight appearances.
Buchter, who logged his 10th hold in a win over the Twins on Friday by firing 1.1 hitless innings in which he issued one walk, has a 1.17 ERA, .207 BAA and five holds over his last 13 appearances. The veteran southpaw has proven to be a versatile asset out of the bullpen for manager Bob Melvin, and after some uncharacteristic control problems earlier in the season, he's progressively settled in by issuing just four walks over the aforementioned 13-outing stretch. Buchter's 3.16 ERA and 1.60 WHIP still actually qualify as career worsts for the 32-year-old, but the fact they've been improved steadily over the last month-plus lends credence to the notion he's firmly on his way back to his solid career norms.
Buchter was charged with a blown save Wednesday at Angel Stadium after walking in a run and failing to record an out. Buchter came into the eighth inning with two outs and the bases loaded. His first and only batter faced was Shohei Ohtani, and unfortunately, he walked him to tie the game. The good news is that the run was charged to Liam Hendriks. The bad news is that the A's wound up losing on a walkoff double in the ninth. Buchter now owns a 4.00 ERA and 1.78 WHIP through 30 games this season.
Buchter owns a 1.42 ERA, .143 BAA and 1.11 WHIP over nine appearances since being recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas on April 29. Prior to being demoted to the Aviators on April 22, Buchter had generated a bloated 7.04 ERA over his first 7.2 innings of the season. The veteran southpaw got the call back up to the big leagues just eight days later, however, and he's been vastly improved in his second stint of the season with the Athletics. Buchter has allowed just one earned run in his last nine trips to the mound, which came on a solo home run he yielded to the Indians' Roberto Perez last Sunday.