Danny Duffy made sense as a buy low option even before the Oakland A’s even before their spending spree this offseason.
As it currently stands, Paul Blackburn, Cole Irvin, and Drew Rucinski appear to be set in the rotation. The A’s have said that Kyle Muller is going to get his chances. Ken Waldichuk would seemingly have the opportunity to make the rotation as well. Then there is A.J. Puk, who the A’s plan on stretching out as a starter once again.
While there are plenty of options, none of them are exactly proven. It would behoove the A’s to bring in more depth pieces, especially if they have had success at the major league level previously. Duffy would be such a piece.
There are risks associated with bringing him on board. Duffy has not pitched since July 16, 2021 due to arm injuries, even being acquired by the Dodgers at the trade deadline that year, and re-signed in 2022, in the hope that he would fortify the pitching staff. If he is healthy, he could be a solid depth option for the cost of a minor league deal. However, that is a big if.
The Oakland A’s need to find more depth for their rotation. Danny Duffy would be a perfect low cost lottery ticket.