According to Susan Slusser, the Oakland A’s have acquired relieve pitcher Fernando Nieve from the Cleveland Indians in return for cash. Nieve, a veteran, has just turned 31, and hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2010 with the Mets. He is posting a 1.81 ERA to go with 55 strikeouts, and 12 walks in 44 and two-thirds inningsof pitching.
Nieve is set to join the A’s affiliate in Sacramento. In 1999, The Houston Astros took a chance and signed the Venezuelan. He made his rookie debut in the MLB with the Martinsville Astros. He then made his Major League debut on April 4, 2006. Nieve wasn’t bad, going 3-3 in 40 appearances, but he’s been a drifter in the MLB. He hasn’t really found a true home.
#Athletics confirm they have acquired Fernando Nieve from Indians for cash.
— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) August 3, 2013
Heading to Sacramento to play for the A’s affiliate may be good for him. If he can impress there, he might actually get a shot to pitch in the Majors again, which I’m sure he’s dying to do. As of now, however, he will be one of the guys that no one pays attention to until he makes the roster. His last game in the Majors, again was in 2010, so I’m sure he’s thirsting for some action.