Giants add reliever Blevins on minors deal

The San Francisco Giants added another veteran reliever to their arsenal as Jerry Blevins joins the club. Blevins comes back to the Bay Area for the first time since he was with the Oakland A's for 7 years. Prior to being traded to the Athletics, Blevins was first drafted by the Cubs in the 2004 June Amateur Draft out of the University of Dayton. He was traded to the Athletics with Rob Bowen for catcher Jason Kendall and cash considerations. While with the A's, the left hander was 13-6 in 281 total games with a 3.30 ERA totaling 239 strikeouts in 267 innings pitched.

Blevins was traded to the Washington Nationals in 2013 for Billy Burns and was just 2-3 in 64 games for the Nationals with 66 strikeouts and a 4.87 ERA but was traded in 2015 to the New York Mets for Matt den Dekker and was bothered by a Distal radius fracture. He missed 2 months because of the injury but made 1 start for the Mets in his 4 years with the team and appeared in 219 total games going 14-4 with 166 strikeouts in 138.2 innings while having a 3.38 ERA.

He was then a free agent in 2019 and the Athletics brought him back on a minors deal but actually started the year with the Braves. Oakland traded him to the Braves for cash after he appeared in 7 games and had a 1.69 for the Las Vegas Aviators. Blevins was just 1-0 for the Braves in 2019, entering 45 games and striking out 37 batters and a 3.90 ERA.

The 36 year old comes to the Giants on a minor league deal but it includes an invite to Spring Training.

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