Mike Elias added some veteran depth to the bullpen this morning, signing 34-year-old LHP Fernando Abad to a minor league contract.
Making his debut in the majors in 2010 with the Houston Astros, Abad is a product of the Dominican Republic. Never finding too much longevity with any one ball club, Abad has bounced around a decent bit in the majors.
After his initial signing of the Astros in 2006, Abad would not see a major league pitcher’s mound until 2010. In 2013, he would sign a small deal with the Nationals, where he spent the 2013 season.
2014 in Oakland was certainly Abad’s best stat line, when he held a 1.57 ERA in 69 games across 57.1 innings pitched. However, Orioles fans may remember him in 2014 as the guy who threw near Manny Machado’s knee, prompting him to throw his bat down the third base line.
Abad spent the first half of 2016 in Minnesota and was great as well, posting a 2.65 ERA for a last place Twins team.
After one season in Boston in 2017, Abad was released and signed a minor league deal with the Phillies, and then a few months later with the Mets. While he was with the Mets, he got busted for using Stanozolol and was suspended for 80 games in 2018 and never played that year all together.
2019 was spent in San Francisco, where he posted a 4.15 ERA in 21 games.
What a guy means like this for the Orioles is simply just bullpen depth. At 34 years old, he has no future plans in Baltimore and most likely is a piece just for 2021, if even the whole season.
Abad is a guy whose record never showed the success he has had in the majors, where a powerful curveball and sinker have certainly kept some bats off his pitches over his career.
This move reminds me of the César Valdez move last season, which turned out to be a solid pick up to eat up some innings and actually record some outs in return.
Welcome to Birdland, Fernando!
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