A’s release Michael Wuertz, pick up reliever and outfielder on waivers from Padres

The A’s released reliever Michael Wuertz on Tuesday, not a big shock as it was likely they would decline his $3.25 million club option in a few days anyway. The A’s claimed right-handed reliever Evan Scribner and outfielder Cedric Hunter off waivers from the San Diego Padres, and they needed to clear a space on the 40-man roster, so Wuertz was released as a result.

It was an interesting three seasons for Wuertz in Oakland. He was one of the majors’ most dominant relievers in 2009, going 6-1 and striking out 102 in 78 2/3 innings. But he was nowhere near that form over the past two seasons, going 2-3 with a 5.40 ERA, 47 walks and 72 strikeouts in 73 1/3 innings combined. He was signed to a two-year, $5.25 million contract for the 2010-11 seasons, and it was pretty obvious the A’s weren’t going to pick up his option for this upcoming season. Wuertz is a stand-up guy and knew he wasn’t likely to be back with Oakland. “I know I haven’t performed up to what they paid me to do the last couple years,” he said today over the phone. “It’s a business. I don’t know if they’re going to try to go younger or whatever. It’s just time to move on. I think wherever I go, whatever team that gets me is going to get a pretty good steal and a pretty good pitcher.”

I don’t have a whole lot to offer on Scribner, 26, and Hunter, 23, at this point. You can click on the links to read up on their stats. Scribner was a 28th-round pick of Arizona in 2007 and made his big league debut in 2011 with San Diego, posting a 7.07 ERA in 10 appearances spread over two stints. Hunter, who bats and throws left-handed, was a third-round pick in 2006. He made the Padres’ Opening Day roster this season (his big league debut) but played in just six games before spending the rest of the season in Triple-A, where he hit.255 with two homers and 33 RBIs in 81 games. A groin injury in July ended his season.

That’s all for now …

Joe Stiglich

  • Stan

    Wertz might as well have said “Yeah,I guess when they gave me 5 and a quarter million,I sort of took it easy”…”And now that I need a contract I’m going to play hard for another big contract drive in 2013”.
    Isn’t it the story of the pro ahlete nowadays? Sure has been the Huff and Ross story …

  • Stan

    I wonder if Susan Slusser-and Tim Kawakami,who also buys into Beane’s version of everything,notice that when the Raiders were losers,nobody came to see them. When they win? They sell out..the Coloseum. You think there is a correlation between winning and attendence? I do.

  • JP

    With the extra guys they claimed from the Padres, who got bumped from the 40-man roster to make room? Releasing Wuertz freed up one spot, but they needed another; roster’s currently at 41. Anyone know who it was?

  • Joe Stiglich

    Hey JP,

    Cedric Hunter (the OF they got in the trade) joined the 40-man roster but Evan Scribner (a reliever)was on the Padres’ 60-day DL with a torn lat muscle at the time of the trade. He transfers to the A’s 60-day DL and therefore does not take up a 40-man spot yet. Scribner has been throwing in Arizona, and I was told he’s a couple weeks away from being 100 percent healthy.

    Hunter also has been hurt — a groin injury ended his season in July. But he took part in the Padres’ fall instructional league and was OK during that time.

  • Stan

    If Josh goes…then the protesters need to occupy the “O”. Ironic that they can then use the A’s claimed dilapidated toilets and hang “occupied” signs at every stall…

  • Babysitter for Wuertz.

    I babysit for Michael Wuertz and his wife Megan. I live in Walnut Creek and their house was in San Ramon. They now have to stop coming here because he was released… Im not happy about this at all , neither is his wife, him, or anybody who personally knows him.

  • Stan

    I saw Susan Slusser on Comcast…and I had a long post in mind,but to say she’s biased and pro Beane who can do no wrong in her eyes is an understatment.
    Beane will never get a discouraging word said about him on Comcast-no “He trades away the A’s best players” even from Greg Papa who does say that on 95.7..on TV ,on Comcast, he and Susan have a “That silly man Beane” attitude as their big criticism-with happy smiles. Yeck.

  • Bee Hylinski

    I’m sorry to see Wuertz go, but it was the right thing to do. Ever since his breakout season in 2009, he hasn’t lived up to his $5+ million contract. I’m not sure he was taking it easy, he had some inhuries, etc., but he never regained his dominant stuff, and I’m sure he’s just a frustrated about that as are we. Sure, it’s disruptive to his family life, but that’s the nature of baseball. Wives sign on to that expectation when they marry a ballplayer.

    Check out my A’s blog at contractyear.mlblogs.com.