Happy Wednesday, Athletics Nation!
Allow me to wax lyrical for just a moment.
Daniel, my brother, you are furrier faced than me
Okay, that was pretty self-indulgent. But I relish any chance I get to serve up that well-worn cliché, having been on the receiving end of it countless times. And as someone who can’t grow proper facial hair, I’ve always somewhat enviously admired Daniel Mengden’s handlebar mustache. It certainly lent him a lot of character on the mound, as did his distinctively old-school windup (though he simplified the windup in 2020).
After five years in the A’s organization, Mengden was oughtrighted in September 2020, elected free agency, and spent last year playing in Korea with the Kia Tigers. Yesterday, the Kansas City Royals signed him to a minor league deal, per Anthony Franco of MLB Trade Rumors. If he makes it back to the big leagues with the Royals, it will be his first MLB stint not wearing green and gold.
Mengden never played a full season with the A’s, partly due to various injuries, but he saw action every summer from 2016 through 2020. After posting a disastrous 6.50 ERA in his rookie year, he flashed promise in 2017, improving to a 3.14 ERA in seven starts, including a complete game shutout of the Philadelphia Phillies. In 2018 he enjoyed his most productive season with the resurgent, playoff bound Athletics, posting 115.2 IP and a serviceable ERA of 4.05. He even notched another CG SHO against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Unfortunately, Mengden struggled in 2019, then was limited to only 12.1 major league innings in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, and was outrighted off the 40-man roster before the playoffs began. All told, Mengden fared thusly in his five seasons with the A’s:
Mengden, 2016-20 MLB: 302.2 IP, 224 Ks, 4.64 ERA, 4.58 FIP, 1.312 WHIP
He may not have been consistent, but he had some great moments with the A’s, and I was always a fan. Athletics Nation wishes Daniel Mengden all the best!
- Franco: Royals Sign Daniel Mengden To Minor League Deal
- Adams: Royals Sign Brad Peacock
- Lockard: A’s prospects Zack Gelof and Colin Peluse aim to raise the baseball profile of their home state of Delaware ($)
- Gallegos: Muncy ‘2.0’: More muscle, more dingers
- Nesbitt: The Athletic’s ’30-Team Era’ MLB Franchise Rankings: How each club stacks up since 1998 ($)
MLB News & Interest:
- Franco: MLB, MLBPA Continue Negotiations; MLB Suggests Tuesday As Latest Deadline For 162-Game Season
- Drellich and Rosenthal: MLB points to Tuesday as deadline for 162-game schedule, full pay, service time ($)
- Franco: Latest On Collective Bargaining Negotiations
- Dierkes: Latest Collective Bargaining Positions For MLB, Players Association
- Slusser: ‘I’ve just told myself not to get too hopeful’: MLB players at union camp worry about fan response ($)
- McCullough: The most maddening thing about the MLB labor standoff is the scope of the stakes ($)
- Adams: MLB, Apple Agree To Streaming Deal
- Adams: MLB Launches Fund For Spring Training Workers Impacted By Canceled Games
- Today in Baseball History
Best of Twitter:
The beat goes on.
MLB’s proposal, sources tell me and @Ken_Rosenthal:— Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) March 9, 2022
• Luxury tax thresholds: 230, 232, 236, 240, 242⁰
• Prearb pool: 40m, flat over time
• Pool counts against CBT (1.33m per team)
•Minimum salary: 700, 715, 730, 750, 770
SuSlu captures a clip of our salty former closer training in Mesa:
It’s one of the all time great talkers on the bullpen mound here at Bell Bank Park - former A’s closer Liam Hendriks. I couldn’t use the first clip because bad words. and yes it’s former A’s closer day here in Mesa: pic.twitter.com/Ny9Uy3J0qX— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) March 8, 2022
She spoke to another ex-closer in Mesa, too:
Blake Treinen spoke to about a dozen of us ink stained wretches at the union camp in Mesa and speaking as a lifelong baseball fan, he thinks 162 games are important.— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) March 8, 2022
MLB celebrates International Women’s Day.
... as do the A’s. Let’s hear it for the ladies!
In celebration of #IWD2022, A’s coach Veronica Alvarez joined PA Announcer @SchimmelAmelia and the front office staff for a discussion on her baseball career, her role as a coach in the organization, and what it means to be a role model to other girls and women in the game. pic.twitter.com/YbEUr42lMs— Oakland A's (@Athletics) March 9, 2022