Oakland A’s add another left handed pitcher in Sam Selman

Sep 30, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Sam Selman (67) pitches against the Texas Rangers during the sixth inning at Globe Life Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 30, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Sam Selman (67) pitches against the Texas Rangers during the sixth inning at Globe Life Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports /
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There has been a lot of focus on who the Oakland A’s will be getting rid of. The fire sale has already begun with Chris Bassitt heading to the Mets over the weekend and it is expected that other players will be right behind him. However, as the A’s get rid of players, they will need to find even more options to fill out the roster.

One of those moves happened on Sunday. The A’s announced that they had claimed Sam Selman off of waivers from the Angels, adding another lefty option for their bullpen.

Oakland A’s add Sam Selman off waivers

After being a serviceable piece of the Giants bullpen in 2020, Selman struggled last year. He produced a 5.76 ERA and a 1.280 WHiP in his 25 innings between the Giants and Angels, striking out 19 batters with 12 walks. With those numbers, it is not a surprise that the Angels placed him on waivers.

Selman gives the A’s yet another left handed option in their bullpen. As it is, A.J. Puk, Adam Kolarek, and Sam Moll are their top options for lefties amongst their relief corps in the upcoming season. None of those potential options are exactly proven at the major league level. While the same can be said for Selman, he provides another candidate for a tryout.

Selman also has one minor league option left. It is entirely possible that the A’s bullpen sees a lot of turnover, especially at the start of the season, as they try to find viable major league options. That could include sending Selman back and forth to Las Vegas as they give different arms a chance to establish themselves.

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The Oakland A’s have added another possible option to their bullpen. They have claimed Sam Selman from the Angels on waivers.

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