The A's reportedly have signed a right-handed pitcher and a left-handed pitcher, all in one move.
The ambidextrous Pat Venditte will take his switch-pitching talents to Oakland on a Minor League deal that includes an invitation to big league Spring Training, according to a recent tweet from his agent, Marc Kligman. The club has not confirmed the signing.
Venditte, a member of the Yankees' organization since it drafted him in 2008, got as far as Triple-A this season, but he is still looking to break into the Majors. A free agent this winter, he told Newsday he was looking to sign a deal that would net him a Spring Training invite for the first time. Oakland's forward-thinking front office also appealed to the 29-year-old.
"Because I do something that's different than anybody else, I wanted to be in a spot where I'm judged purely on performance, not on how you do it," Venditte told the paper. "I think they'll look past that as long as I hold up my end of the deal and perform well."
Switch-pitchers are rare in the Majors, but Venditte has given himself a chance by enjoying success throughout his time in the Minors. A 20th-round Draft pick out of Creighton, Venditte owns a 2.46 career ERA over seven seasons, stopping at each level along the way and working mostly in relief.
Venditte split 2014 between Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, posting a 2.64 ERA in 78 1/3 innings overall, with 22 walks and 83 strikeouts. At Triple-A, both right-handed and left-handed batters hit .250 against him.
Andrew Simon is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewSimonMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.