Mengden signed a one-year, $725,000 contract with the Korea Baseball Organization's Kia Tigers on Dec. 29, the Associated Press reports. Cut loose from the Athletics' 40-man roster in late September, Mengden likely would have had to settle for a minor-league deal this winter after he posted a 3.65 ERA and 1.70 WHIP across 12.1 innings with Oakland in 2020. Rather than dealing with the uncertainty of the 2021 minor-league season, Mengden instead felt heading overseas with a guaranteed contract in hand was the preferable option. He'll likely look to turn in a strong showing in South Korea this season with the hope of garnering renewed interest from MLB teams in 2022.
Mengden cleared waivers Tuesday and was outrighted to Triple-A Las Vegas. Mengden lost his spot on the 40-man roster Sunday after being activated from the COVID-19 injured list, but he'll remain in the organization going forward. It's unclear whether the right-hander will be included in the Athletics' player pool heading into the postseason. Mengden posted a 3.65 ERA and 1.70 WHIP across 12.1 innings spanning four appearances in 2020.
Mengden was reinstated from the COVID-19 injured list Sunday and subsequently designated for assignment by the A's. The right-hander landed on the COVID-19 IL in early September and was recently cleared to return to the alternate training site, but he won't retain his spot on the 40-man roster. Mengden appeared in four games this season and had a 3.65 ERA, 1.70 WHIP and 10:7 K:BB across 12.1 innings.
Mengden (illness) joined the Athletics at the alternate training site and will begin throwing Saturday, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports. Mengden tested positive for COVID-19 at the beginning of September, but he was reportedly asymptomatic. It's unclear when he'll be able to return to game action, but a better timetable for his return could be known once he resumes throwing.
Mengden was placed on the COVID-19 injured list Thursday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. He is asymptomatic, but will nonetheless have to quarantine until he tests negative, so he should be considered out indefinitely. The Athletics say that Mengden did not violate safety protocols, so there will be no discipline from the team. Mike Minor was added to the active roster in a corresponding move.
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