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Jake Diekman stays with A’s: 2/$7.5M

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Former Ranger reliever Jake Diekman has agreed to a two year deal with Oakland

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Jake Diekman and the Oakland A’s have agreed on a 2 year, $7.5 million deal with a third year option, per reports. Diekman was traded to Oakland last July by the Kansas City Royals, who had signed Diekman to a one year deal last offseason.

Diekman is a former Texas Ranger, a fan favorite who came over to Texas from the Philadelphia Phillies as part of the Cole Hamels trade. Diekman was very good for the Rangers in 2015 and 2016, then missed most of 2017 due to surgery stemming from his ulcerative colitis. Diekman was solid for the Rangers in 2018, but with the team out of the race, he went to the Arizona Diamondbacks at the trade deadline for Wei-Chieh Huang and a player to be named later, who turned into Joshua Javier.

Diekman had a 4.65 ERA and a 3.55 FIP between Kansas City and Oakland in 2019. With the Rangers potentially in need of lefthanded relief options, a reunion seemed like it was possible, but instead, he’ll be pitching for a division foe in 2020.