The Oakland Athletics added an arm on Saturday when they signed right-hander Phil Humber to a minor-league contract.
According to CSNBayArea.com, Humber will likely get an invitation to spring training with the major-league squad.
Humber, 30, spent last season with the Houston Astros, where he was an unsightly 0-8 with a 7.90 ERA and 1.738 WHIP in 54.2 innings over 17 appearances, seven of them starts. He struck out 36 and was roughed up for nine home runs.
Humber’s claim to fame came in April 2012, when he fired a perfect game at the Seattle Mariners while pitching for the Chicago White Sox.
But that was maybe his only highlight in 2012—Humber was 5-5 with a 6.44 ERA and 1.539 WHIP in 102 innings over 26 appearances, 16 of them starts, while fanning 85 hitters. Those stats include the perfecto.
Humber also spent time last season at the Astros’ Triple-A affiliate in Oklahoma City, where he was 2-4 with a 4.68 ERA and 1.50 WHIP in 50 innings. He made 20 appearances, seven of them starts, and struck out 38.
He was originally drafted by the New York Mets as the third overall pick in 2004 out of Rice. The Texas native debuted with the Mets in 2006 but made only five appearances with New York.
He was part of the February 2008 trade that sent Johan Santana from the Minnesota Twins to the Mets, with Humber and newly minted Gold Glove winner Carlos Gomez going to Minnesota as part of the deal.
He became a minor-league free agent in 2009 and signed with the Kansas City Royals in December of that year.
Humber was briefly a member of the A’s organization, as they claimed him off waivers from the Royals in December 2010, but a month later, he was waived again and picked up by the White Sox.
Humber wound up in Houston when he was claimed off waivers last November. He is 16-23 in his career with a 5.31 ERA and 1.42 WHIP in 371 innings. He has appeared in 97 games and started 51 of them for the Mets, Twins, Royals, White Sox and Astros.
He’s a long shot to make the Oakland roster next spring, but at worst, he provides a veteran arm for Triple-A Sacramento.
And, hey, they can’t take his perfect game away.