Lou Trivino is a difficult piece for the Oakland A’s to evaluate. Yet, he could actually generate interest at the trade deadline.
His numbers are mediocre at best. Trivino has a 6.75 ERA and a 1.650 WHiP in his 13.1 innings, numbers that are not going to attract much attention. However, he has also struck out 21 batters and has a 2.77 FIP thus far. He may be maddeningly inconsistent, but his metrics are solid enough.
That could be enough for a team to take a chance on him. Everyone is looking to shore up their bullpen at the trade deadline and even mediocre relievers can change teams. Trivino’s advanced stats, and his time as a closer in 2021, could lead to another team giving him a chance.
Those metrics also indicate that he could return to form for the A’s. As he is under team control through 2024, it would theoretically be worthwhile to see if that happens. However, sometimes players just need a change of scenery for them to get back to being what they once were. That may be the case with Trivino as well.
Lou Trivino was supposed to be a big part of the Oakland A’s plans in 2022. Instead, they may be better off cutting bait if he cannot be traded.