The Oakland Athletics acquired left-back Jake Diekman of the Kansas City Royals on Saturday, bolstering a bull who is already considered one of the most talented baseball players.
The widely traveled Diekman, 32, joined the Royals as a freelancer for Agent this winter and was one of the most popular players on the trading market, running until July 31
Oakland crashed, sending prospects Dairon Blanco, an outfielder, and right winger. Handover of the thrower Ismael Aquino to Kansas City.
Oakland (58-47) has eight games behind on the Houston Astros in the American League West on Saturday. However, athletics is equated with the Boston Red Sox for third place in a heated chase – just half a game behind the Tampa Bay Rays for last place.
While Diekman's 4.75 ERA is below the league average, with 13.6 excretions per nine, he occupies eleventh place among the reliefs and is among the top 25 at the lowest home-run rate. Diekman's biggest bugaboo was the control, as he completes nearly five fights per nine in line with his career statistics.
With Diekman, Blake Treinen, Liam Hendriks and Lou Trivino, the A builds one of the hardest thrown bullpups in the major leagues, hoping to make it into the postseason, as they did last year.
Oaklands 3.94-Bullpen-ERA takes seventh place in the majors.
This is the second trade this month between Kansas City and Oakland. On July 14, A acquired starter Homer Bailey for center-back Kevin Merrell.
Diekman signed a one-year $ 2.25 million deal with the Royals in the off-season, which included a common 2020 option. He has also promoted the Phillies, Rangers and Diamondbacks and has a career of 3.87 ERA.
Blanco, 26, who signed up as an international free agent in 2017, beat .276 with 44 RBIs and 27 stolen bases for Double- A Midland this season. Aquino, 20, was 1-1 with a 4.58 ERA over 10 appearances in the Arizona League. In a similar move, the Royals right-hander reminded Kyle Zimmer of Triple-A Omaha.