Francis had been filling the long-man role, but the former Rockies’ ERA was mile high at 6.08 since joining the A’s. The move also leaves Jim Johnson on the roster, which many fans will be unhappy about. Somehow, JJ may still be an asset to the team if they can unload him for a prospect as the trade deadline nears. This may have been the only saving grace for Johnson this time around. His performance certainly hasn’t warranted a roster spot.
As for Eric O’Flaherty, he is added in hopes of solidifying the bullpen. With Otero, Gregerson, Abad and Doolittle performing very well in large part, it has been Cook, Johnson and Francis that have been inconsistent for the club.
Eric O’Flaherty’s ERA hasn’t been exactly awe-inspiring in Sacramento, gathering a 4.32 in 8.1 IP. Yet, before he had Tommy-John surgery, he was among the best relievers in baseball.
O’Flaherty will most likely start off in a lesser role, and work his way up the bullpen ladder as the season progresses.
Welcome to Oakland Eric O’Flaherty. We have been waiting for this day for quite awhile.