Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Etherton May Start for Oakland

According to the A's website, right-handed starter Seth Etherton has a good shot to make the Athletics starting rotation in 2005. The former USC prodigy was a first-round pick of the Angels in 1998 and serves as a cautionary tale as to why they do not want to pay Jeff Weaver $10 million as an unproven major leaguer.

A's GM Billy Beane signed Etherton to a minor league deal in the off-season after he went 4-1 with a 1.98 ERA in seven starts for AA Chattanooga. After getting promoted to AAA Louisville Etherton's numbers fell off a bit but he still posted a 5-6 record with a 3.47 ERA in 10 starts. More importantly, the fragile pitcher managed to stay healthy, something he had not done in his previous five years of professional baseball.

Etherton will compete with Japanese pitcher Keiichi Yabu and rookies Dan Meyer and Joe Blanton for one of the final two starting jobs which opened up after Oakland traded Tim Hudson and Mark Mulder in the off-season.

If there's one thing I hate, its guys the Angels give up on that come back to haunt them later on. Mercifully there have not been too many in recent years but this one concerns me.

2 Comments:

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It's only fair; we have Kevin Gregg, who the A's gave up on.

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