Oakland A’s: Dan Straily nearing a return to the majors

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - JUNE 12: Pitcher Straily Dan #58 of Lotte Giants throws the bottom of the first inning during the KBO League game between Lotte Giants and LG Twins at the Jamsil Staidum on June 12, 2020 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Han Myung-Gu/Getty Images)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - JUNE 12: Pitcher Straily Dan #58 of Lotte Giants throws the bottom of the first inning during the KBO League game between Lotte Giants and LG Twins at the Jamsil Staidum on June 12, 2020 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Han Myung-Gu/Getty Images) /
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Former Oakland A’s prospect Dan Straily has a chance to return to the majors as several teams are interested in his services.

The 2019 season was a disaster for former A’s pitcher Dan Straily. Released by the Marlins just before the start of the regular season, he was signed by the pitching desperate Orioles. He completely imploded in Baltimore, banished to the minors after 47.2 horrendous innings. After he was unable to find any major league offers last offseason, he headed to Korea, hoping to resurrect his career.

After dominating in the KBO, Straily’s sojourn into free agency this year is vastly different. According to reports, there are several major league teams interested in his services.

Of course, this is contingent on Straily wanting to return stateside. He dominated in the KBO, posting a 15-4 record with a 2.50 ERA and a 1.022 WHiP, striking out 205 batters with 51 walks in his 194.2 innings.

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That was a far cry from his last season in the majors. In his brief time with the Orioles, he posted a 9.82 ERA and a 1.993 WHiP, striking out 33 batters with 22 walks. Straily was absolutely hammered in that time, allowing 22 homers with the opposition producing a .349/.411/.746 batting line. Straily essentially turned every player into Barry Bonds‘ 2000 season.

But there is reason to hope that this time will be different. Straily has a new grip for his curve that he learned in the KBO. He was able to find far more success than he ever had. And he does have a track record of being a serviceable back of the rotation arm, at least prior to his implosion in 2019.

But now, if Straily wants it, he has another chance. Teams are vying for his services, hoping that he has found another gear during his stint in the KBO. While he could be a relatively inexpensive signing, Straily also has the potential to be an impressive lottery ticket, the perfect low cost free agent that can bring back an impressive return.

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Former Oakland A’s prospect Dan Straily has generated plenty of interest if he wants to return to the majors. The ball is now in his court.

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