Turley was traded from the Pirates to the Athletics on Thursday in exchange for cash considerations, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports. Oakland picked Turley up for cheap after he was designated for assignment by Pittsburgh earlier in the week. It's tough to get too excited about a 31-year-old with a 7.78 ERA in 39.1 career MLB innings, but he at least throws left-handed, which could help his chances of winning a relief role.
Turley was designated for assignment by the Pirates on Tuesday. Turley threw 21.2 innings of relief for the Pirates last season with mediocre results, posting a 4.98 ERA, a 21.7 percent strikeout rate and a 12.0 percent walk rate. The 31-year-old lefty may not be a particularly attractive option on the waiver wire. Troy Stokes was claimed off waivers in a corresponding move.
Turley (0-3) allowed three runs on two hits and hit a batter in one inning in a loss to Cleveland on Sunday. Turley was responsible for Cleveland's three-run, go-ahead rally in the seventh inning. The southpaw had strung together 4.1 scoreless innings over his previous five outings. Turley ends the season with a 4.98 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 20 strikeouts in 21.2 innings across 25 appearances.
Turley (0-1) gave up a run on a hit and a walk in two-thirds of an inning, taking the loss Monday versus the Brewers. Turley allowed a double to Ben Gamel, and then intentionally walked Avisail Garcia before Chris Stratton entered from the bullpen. Stratton gave up an RBI single to Orlando Arcia, which was enough to stick Turley with the loss. The 30-year-old Turley has allowed three runs over his last 1.2 innings, raising his ERA to 4.85 with a 1.23 WHIP and 10 strikeouts in 13 innings this season.
The Pirates selected Turley's contract Thursday. Turley hasn't appeared in affiliated ball since the 2017 season due to a suspension and elbow injuries, but he stayed healthy throughout spring training and summer camp and impressed enough to clinch a spot on the 30-man Opening Day roster. Most of his initial usage out of the Pittsburgh bullpen will likely come in lower-leverage spots.