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A's add to bullpen depth with acquisition of Mecir
The Athletics, who also acquired Class AAA left-hander Todd Belitz, sent right-hander Jesus Colome -- one of Oakland's top prospects -- and a player to be named to Tampa Bay.
"I just think it's a disruption in your life," Mecir said. "I think it's great that I'm going to a team that's in the race. Any time you make a move after being in one spot it's a little nerve-racking."
Mecir, a sidearming right-hander, has been one of the most effective middle relievers in the American League this season. He was 7-2 with one save and a 3.08 ERA in 38 games for the Devil Rays.
He has stranded 19 of 21 inherited runners -- the best ratio in the AL -- and opponents are batting .201 against him, fifth among AL relievers. He holds lefties to a .205 average.
"I think after being here for three years, I love playing here and I love the guys on the team, so yeah, I would like to have stayed here and seen it through," Mecir said.