Reliever Pat Neshek reaches agreement with A’s

Right-handed reliever Pat Neshek and the A’s reached agreement on a one-year contract, avoiding salary arbitration.

The AL West champion A’s rallied around Neshek after his newborn son, Gehrig, died 23 hours after his birth just before the playoffs began last month. Oakland players took the field wearing patches in the baby’s honor during their five-game division series loss to the Detroit Tigers.

He went 2-1 with a 1.37 ERA in 24 appearances with the A’s after being acquired from Baltimore on Aug. 3 for cash considerations.

Meanwhile, the A’s acquired right-hander Sandy Rosario from the Boston Red Sox for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

The AL West champion A’s cleared room on the 40-man roster by designating outfielder Jermaine Mitchell for assignment.

Boston claimed Rosario off waivers from Miami on Oct. 17 after he spent the year in the Marlins organization. He began the season with a 1.04 ERA in 25 outings at Triple-A New Orleans while converting all 16 of his save opportunities.

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