With more gaps in their rotation than starters, the A’s on Tuesday claimed right-hander Parker Bridwell off waivers from the Angels.
Bridwell, 27, missed most of 2018 with an elbow injury that required arthroscopic surgery, but in 2017, he was 10-3 with a 3.64 ERA. His walk-to-strikeout ratio was just 73-to-30, but he had a 2.0 WAR that season. He has five solid big-league pitches: fastball, curveball, changeup, cutter and sinker.
Not facing the A’s should help him: Bridwell has appeared five times against Oakland and surrendered 23 hits, including seven homers, and given up 22 runs, all earned, in 92/3 innings.
Bridwell was 1-0 with a 17.55 ERA in five games with the Angels last year and he had an 8.68 ERA in six starts at Triple-A Salt Lake. He was claimed by the Yankees on Nov. 26, reclaimed by the Angels on Dec. 21 and then designated for assignment last week.
The A’s have only one healthy starter back from their late-season rotation, right-hander Mike Fiers, who was re-signed to a two-year deal after being non-tendered.
— Susan Slusser
Braves bring back Markakis: Atlanta agreed to one-year contract to bring back All-Star outfielder Nick Markakis, who took a big pay cut coming off one of the best seasons of his career. The deal is worth a guaranteed $6 million and includes a club option for 2020.
Markakis became a free agent after completing a $44 million, four-year deal that he signed with Atlanta for the 2015 season after he left the Orioles.
Rangers’ moves: Texas found someone to play third base after the retirement of Adrian Beltre, reportedly agreeing to a one-year, $3.5 million deal with Asdrubal Cabrera, who split last season, his 12th in the majors, with the Mets and Phillies.
Texas also announced a $1 million, one-year contract with right-hander Zach McAllister.
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