A's reliever Chris Resop wants to add postseason to resume
Penny-pinching Pirates never got his close to promised land
Published: Friday, March 22, 2013 at 3:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, March 22, 2013 at 11:32 p.m.
PHOENIX -- Chris Resop is rightly proud of his résumé.
"There's nothing in the bullpen I haven't done,'' the 29-year-old said. "I've pitched long, I've pitched short, I've pitched middle innings, I've pitched late innings. I think that kind of experience has some value.''
So do the A's, who despite having a loaded bullpen, went out of their way to trade for Resop this winter, sending minor league pitcher Zach Thornton to the penny-pinching Pirates, who weren't keen on paying Resop the $1.35 million he'll make this season.
It's not about money for Resop.
"It's all about winning,'' he said. "I'm not saying they didn't want to win in Pittsburgh, but their idea of winning is getting to .500 (the Pirates were 79-83 last year). Here, winning is about going to the playoffs.''
And that's one stamp Resop has never had affixed to his résumé. He was briefly on the staff in Anaheim when the Angels won the 2007 AL West, but he never got a postseason nibble. And he'd like one.
"What's so exciting about coming here is that the bullpen was already so good, and they bring you in with the idea of making it better,'' Resop said. "You have (Ryan) Cook and (Sean) Doolittle who come in throwing in the upper 90s, you have guys like (Pat) Neshek who rely on deception, and you've got (closer Grant) Balfour who's just crazy. It's all pretty cool.''
And now the A's have Resop, who figures on making the opening day roster despite Oakland having some of the fiercest competition for berths in the big leagues.
"I bring a lot of experience, and I've been through almost every situation,'' Resop said. "There's nothing that's going to happen in a game that is going to intimidate me. And I think there's some value in that.''
Resop, who was scheduled to pitch Friday night against the White Sox, has yet to allow a run in six appearances (seven innings).
Manager Bob Melvin said he's going to continue to give shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima a little more room than just about everyone else in the Oakland clubhouse.
Nakajima has not hit well or played defense well, but with almost two weeks to go before the April 1 start of the season, Melvin said the shortstop has had a lot on his plate.
"We have no history with Hiro; we can't say was a (sub-) .200 average means,'' the manager said. "He's trying to adjust to a lot of new things. We're going to give him more rope that other guys.''
Melvin indicated that he's looking at lots of last-minute decisions. He probably won't settle of his second baseman and shortstop until the Bay Bridge games next week. And he may not make a decision on where Bartolo Colon will fit in the Oakland rotation once the remaining five days on his suspension are up until after the first few games of the season.
Coming into Friday, rookie outfielder Shane Peterson had played every day in the Cactus League. It's true that the A's had played 24 games while Peterson had played just 23, but he couldn't very well be expected to play in both games of the club's split-squad games on March 16, could he?
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