Oakland sent Pagan to Tampa Bay in a three-team deal Friday, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports.
There are a number of moving parts in this deal, including Jurickson Profar heading from the Rangers to the A's. Pagan will step into a relief role with the Rays after appearing in 55 games for Oakland this past season. The 27-year-old logged a 4.35 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 63:19 K:BB while giving up 1.9 home runs per nine innings. Pagan still has minor-league options remaining on his contract, so he could spend some time in Triple-A Durham next year, but the right-hander should be able to carve out a role in low-leverage spots.
Pagan was optioned to the minors following Saturday's game against the Twins, but the reliever will return to the 25-man roster less than 24 hours later following Sean Manaea's (shoulder) surprising placement on the disabled list. The right-hander will likely settle back into a middle-relief role for the Athletics after compiling a 3.71 ERA and 1.18 WHIP in his first 45 appearances of the season for the big club.
Pagan was optioned to Triple-A Nashville on Saturday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Pagan, who hasn't pitched since Aug. 19, was sent to the minors to free up a roster spot for Sunday's starter, Chris Bassitt, who is set to be promoted from the Sounds in a corresponding move. In his last appearance, Pagan surrendered a trio of solo homers across three innings, raising his ERA from 3.40 to 3.71. He should be back with the A's sometime in early September after rosters expand.
Pagan owns a 2.35 ERA, .207 BAA and 14:3 K:BB across 7.2 innings over eight June appearances.
The right-handed reliever has been mowing down opposing hitters at an impressive clip, as he sports a 42.4 percent strikeout rate during that stretch. Pagan had hit a rough patch prior to a late April demotion to Triple-A Nashville, but he's bounced back to generate scoreless efforts in 10 of 11 appearances since returning to the Athletics on May 18. However, his lack of hold or save opportunities does cap his fantasy utility to an extent, and his 1.37 WHIP also has room for improvement.
Pagan fired two perfect innings in a loss to the Rays on Tuesday, recording four strikeouts.
Pagan has been a different pitcher since returning to the big-league club after a stint at Triple-A Nashville, now having fired 6.1 scoreless innings during which he's only allowed a pair of singles and recorded seven strikeouts. The 27-year-old right-hander has already lowered his ERA more than a full run (5.17 to 4.05) during that stretch, a stark departure from the seven earned runs he'd allowed over his last six appearances before being demoted May 2.
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