Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin in August of 2017. (Courtesy Keith Allison/Flickr)

Oakland Athletics: A’s trade Font for minor-league righty

The Oakland Athletics have traded right-handed pitcher Wilmer Font to the Tampa Bay Rays for minor league right-handed pitcher Peter Bayer, the club announced today.

Font, acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 25 for minor league pitcher Logan Salow, was designated for assignment two days ago. He posted a 14.85 ERA in four games with the A’s after recording an 11.32 ERA in six outings with the Dodgers.

Font has a 12.71 ERA and .388 opponents batting average in 10 games overall this season, and has surrendered 10 home runs in 17.0 innings.

Bayer was 0-0 with an 18.00 ERA in five relief appearances with Single-A Charlotte of the Florida State League before he was sent to extended spring training on April 23.  The 24-year-old right-hander was a ninth-round selection by the Rays in the 2016 Major League Draft. Bayer is 4-4 with a 4.08 ERA in 40 career appearances, including 11 starts, over three seasons in the minors.  Bayer has 146 strikeouts in 103.2 innings, an average of 12.68 per nine innings.

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