How much longer for Lou Trivino with Oakland A’s?
By David Hill
The Oakland A’s are in a difficult spot with Lou Trivino. They would ideally have him on the trade block as the deadline approaches, looking to not only save a few more dollars, but also add another prospect to their farm system. But Trivino has to be a useful piece of the bullpen for that to happen.
That has not been the case this year. He had struggled before missing time with COVID, and it is fair to wonder if he was rushed back due to his complete ineffectiveness. Heading into Sunday, Trivino has posted an 8.59 ERA and a 2.045 WHiP in his 7.1 innings, striking out nine batters, but also issuing five walks.
Oakland A’s need Lou Trivino to turn season around in hurry
Trivino’s struggles lead to a difficult spot for the A’s. They need him to be effective in order for him to be a valuable trade piece. However, with his current implosion, it is difficult to justify putting him on the mound in anything other than a blowout until he rights the ship.
That usage would not generate any interest in his services at all. However, the A’s cannot use him in any other role without further sabotaging any efforts made to win a ballgame.
The other option would be to send Trivino back to the minors until he can find his way. He had all of one inning of rehab work after COVID, allowing five runs in one inning as a precursor to what the major league experience would be like. It is time for a return to the minors.
Maybe a longer stint in the minors will make a difference. Maybe Trivino can find the form that he showed for most of the 2021 season and rebuild his trade value. At this point, the A’s have absolutely nothing to love and everything to gain by sending him down and hoping for the best.
The Oakland A’s are hoping to find a taker for Lou Trivino at the trade deadline. He needs to actually show he can get outs for that to happen.