ARLINGTON, Texas — The A’s made a trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers Wednesday, acquiring right-handed pitcher Wilmer Font in exchange for minor league pitcher Logan Salow.
Font, 27, struggled through six relief appearances with the Dodgers, going 0-2 with an 11.32 ERA before getting designated for Assignment by the club as he was out of options. Signed as a free agent out of Venezuela by the Texas Rangers in 2006, Font has appeared in 14 games in the big leagues over four different seasons. He is 38-29 with a 3.69 ERA over nine seasons in the minors.
A starter the past two seasons in the minors, Font could be used as a long relief man with the A’s. He went 10-8 with a 3.42 ERA in 25 starts with the Dodgers Triple-A club last season as he led the entire Pacific Coast League in strikeouts with 178 over 134 1/3 innings.
“I don’t know how it’s gonna go down yet. This is a guy our front office has talked about before,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “He’s got a big arm. Not only is he potential relief, but he’s also a potential start. You’re always trying to have as many guys in the mix as you can. He could potentially fill a couple of roles if the need were there for it.”
Salow, 23, was a sixth round pick by the A’s out of the University of Kentucky in the 2017 draft. The left-hander went 2-0 with a 1.59 ERA through four appearances at Single-A Beloit.
The A’s had an open spot on the 40-man roster after Renato Nunez was claimed by the Texas Rangers earlier this season. No corresponding move was made on the active roster as of Wednesday afternoon.