Keith Foulke apparently has reason to smile
According to Rick Eymer at MLB.com, the Oakland Athletics have brought back relief pitcher Keith Foulke on a 1-year, incentive-laden contract. The deal is said to be for $700,000, with another $2.5 million in incentives, as per Susan Slusser. In 2003 with the A’s, Foulke went 9-1 with a 2.08 ERA and 43 saves, earning an All-Star appearance and the Rolaids Relief Man of the Year award.
Previous Foulke entries at 'Boston Irish'
Foulke had missed all of the 2007 season with knee and elbow injuries. He had signed a 1-year deal with the Indians last offseason, but announced his retirement before the season began, due to those ailments. He did win a World Series with the Boston Red Sox in 2004.
Foulke is expected to be a main setup man, along with Alan Embree, for team closer Huston Street.
This Fantasy Sports blog even suggests Foulke might be an interesting sleeper pick for 2008.
''Keith Foulke, MR- Cannot believe I am typing this. He could be inline for saves if/when Houston Street gets traded. For a team that is rebuilding this recent signing does not make a ton of sense, unless they plan on building up his value and then dealing him some where as well. The best way for Oakland to build his trade value is to get him to accumulate saves, an old trick the A's have used often.'
All things considered, it sounds pretty depressing to be an A's fan, no? When you are talking about wasting outings using them specifically to inflate a players value in terms of trading? Yeesh.
So, welcome back to the Majors Keith, hope it works out for you skipper.