Athletics trade RHP Saarloos to Cincinnati
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Oakland Athletics traded pitcher Kirk Saarloos to the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday for minor league reliever David Shafer.
Each team also received a player to be named.
The 27-year-old Saarloos went 7-7 with two saves and a 4.75 ERA last season for the AL West champions. After being Oakland’s No. 5 starter in 2005, he made 16 starts and 19 relief appearances last year.
Saarloos had a chance to rejoin the rotation full-time this year under new A’s manager Bob Geren. Last week, Saarloos and the Athletics avoided salary arbitration when they agreed on a one-year contract worth $1.2 million.
Shafer, a 24-year-old righty, had 26 saves and a 2.36 ERA for Double-A Chattanooga last year.
And, as referred to below, the Reds signed Mark Bellhorn to a minor league contract...
The team also announced today that veteran infielder Mark Bellhorn has agreed to terms on a minor league contract that includes an invitation to its major league spring training camp.
The 32-year-old played in 115 games, batting .190 with eight homers and 27 RBI, for the Padres last season. Bellhorn has made more than 200 career appearances at second base and third base and has also played first base and shortstop during his career with the A’s, Cubs, Rockies, Red Sox, Yankees and Padres.