There is only one major change to Oakland's bullpen this season. Right-hander Chris Resop was acquired in a trade with the Pirates, and he nailed down a spot with the team after going unscored upon all spring.
"He's going to be an important guy for us," manager Bob Melvin said, "a versatile guy."
Resop came out of the gate looking much like the guy the A's saw all spring, with scoreless innings on Opening Night and again on Wednesday. He didn't walk a batter all spring, or in either outing so far this season.
This is Resop's eighth big-league season and fifth Opening Day roster with four different teams, including Florida, Atlanta and Pisstburgh, so the A's like the experience he brings a relatively young group. The A's two set-up men, Ryan Cook and Sean Doolittle, are both in their second seasons.
The A"s didn't need to do much sprucing up of the relief corps, despite the youth -- the A's bullpen had a 2.90 ERA last year, second best in the league. Opponents hit .209 off A's relievers last year.
Seems as is Resop will fit right in.
One member of last year's bullpen, long man Travis Blackley, was traded to Houston on Thursday after being designated for assignment on March 30.