A’s claim Savery off waivers

The A’s just claimed lefty reliever Joe Savery off waivers from the Phillies, further adding to their enviable bullpen depth.

To make room on the 40-man roster for their newest addition, Oakland transferred southpaw Eric O’Flaherty — recovering from Tommy John surgery and not expected back until midseason — to the 60-man disabled list.

The 28-year-old Savery was Philadelphia’s first-round selection,19th overall, in the 2007 Draft.  He went 2-0 with a 3.15 ERA and two saves in 18 appearances for the Phillies last year, holding opponents to a .205 average in 20 innings of work.

Savery has pitched in parts of the last three seasons with Philadelphia, compiling a 4.15 ERA and 1.28 WHIP in 41 games overall, striking out 32 but also yielding 42 hits in 47 2/3 innings.

He’ll face heavy competition in camp for a bullpen spot. And while it’s expected he’d likely battle it out with Fernando Abad for a job as a lefty specialist, it’s worth taking a look at his bizarre splits to debate whether that’s even a good role for him. Last year he held right-handers to a .118 average spanning 51 at-bats. Lefties, though, hit .409 off him in 22 at-bats. For his career, right-handers own a .212/.315 .363 batting line vs. him; lefties .286/.304/.429.

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