The Oakland A's made their first off-season moves on Friday, outrighting four players off the 40-man…
A's Claim Giese; DFA Schroder
The A's will be Giese's sixth major league franchise. In addition to Oakland and Boston, Giese has played in the San Diego, Philadelphia, San Francisco Giants and New York Yankees chains. He made his major league debut with the Giants in 2007, posting a 4.82 ERA in 9.1 relief innings with seven strike-outs and two walks. He appeared in 20 games (three starts) for the Yankees in 2008, going 1-3 with a 3.53 ERA in 43.1 innings. He also had a 1.98 ERA in 59 innings for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He was mostly used as a starter for Scranton, but he has primarly been a reliever throughout his career.
Giese is known primarily as a strike-thrower. He doesn't throw hard, but he has walked only 1.7 batters per nine innings during his minor league career. He has also done a good job limiting homeruns, allowing only 58 in 658 minor league innings. He has allowed seven homers in 52.2 major league innings.
Chris Schroder is in his first year in the A's organization, having signed a free agent deal during the off-season. The right-hander had a 9.90 ERA in 10 innings for the A's this spring. He struck-out 11 and walked four. He will have to clear waivers in order for the A's to retain him as a non-roster player.
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