The San Francisco Giants announced on Friday morning that they had agreed to terms on a one-year Major League contract with ambidextrous free agent pitcher Pat Venditte.
New Giants President of Baseball Operations Farhan Zaidi is familiar with the switch-pitching Venditte, who appeared in 15 games with the Los Angeles Dodgers last season, when Zaidi was the team’s general manager.
Over his final 10 games with Los Angeles, the 33-year old Venditte threw 9.2-scoreless innings, allowing only three hits and two walks. Venditte appeared in 45 games with triple-A Oklahoma City, going 4-2 with a 1.75 ERA (10er, 51.1ip) and a 0.85 WHIP.
Venditte was non-tendered by the Dodgers, who had five years of team control left over the Creighton product. He made $545,000 last season.
Drafted by the New York Yankees in the 45th round of the 2007 MLB Draft, Venditte became a national story during his early minor league career, when he and a switch hitter for the Brooklyn Cyclones had a lengthy back-and-forth figuring out who would approach an at-bat from which side. That precipitated a new rule for when switch-pitchers face switch-hitters.
Venditte broke into the major leagues with Zaidi’s previous employer, the Oakland Athletics, in 2015, after signing a minor league contract with a spring training invite. He signed with the club shortly after Zaidi left to become GM of the Dodgers.
The Omaha, Nebraska native has appeared in 56 big league games between the A’s (2015), Toronto (2016), Seattle (2016) and Los Angeles-NL (2018) and owns a 2-2 record with a 4.45 ERA. The two-way reliever has had more success against lefties, holding them to a .186 average (21-for-113), while right-handers have hit .277 (36-for-130) off him over his Major League career.
With Friday’s addition, the Giants 40-man roster now stands at 38 players.