December 19: The A’s have officially announced the signing of Gott to a one-year deal. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic relays the financials. Gott is guaranteed $1.5MM, with bonuses of $50K available for making 45 and 50 appearances. There’s a $100K bonus if he’s traded.
December 15: The A’s are in agreement with reliever Trevor Gott on a major league contract, reports Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic (X link). Financial terms are not clear. The A’s have a full 40-man roster, meaning they’ll need to make a corresponding DFA once the contract is official. Gott is represented by Sports One Athlete Management.
Gott was non-tendered by the Mets. He’d been projected for a modest $2MM salary, but New York apparently didn’t envision him holding a middle innings spot all season. He should have that opportunity in Oakland, where he’s one of the most experienced pitchers in a bullpen full of uncertainty.
The 31-year-old righty has appeared in parts of eight MLB seasons, although he has between five and six years of service time overall. Gott has appeared with the Angels, Nationals, Giants, Brewers, Mariners and Mets over the course of his career. He turned in serviceable middle relief results between Seattle and New York this year, pitching to a 4.19 ERA through 58 innings.
Gott struck hitters out at an average 23.8% clip while walking fewer than 8% of opponents. He didn’t miss many bats on a per-pitch basis, generating swinging strikes on only 9.2% of his offerings. That came with a slight velocity dip. After averaging north of 95 MPH on his sinker and four-seam in 2022, he sat in the 93-94 MPH range last season.
Even in the absence of overpowering stuff, Gott posted better results than most Oakland relievers. Only the Rockies and Royals had a higher bullpen ERA than the 5.20 mark turned in by the A’s. Among the team’s relievers with 20+ frames, Austin Pruitt, Trevor May and Dany Jiménez worked to a sub-4.00 ERA. Pruitt was waived and elected free agency; May retired. Jiménez found his decent results in 22 1/3 innings with mediocre strikeout and walk rates.
Gott could therefore pick up some high-leverage work for skipper Mark Kotsay. He’ll return to free agency again next winter. As a decent veteran arm on what’s surely a low-cost guarantee, he could find himself on the move for a mid-level prospect at next summer’s trade deadline.
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