Jerry Blevins looks to re-establish lefty specialist role in A’s return

MESA, Ariz. — Jerry Blevins returns to the A’s a different pitcher, a veteran who is now well-traveled with plenty of experience. But that sense of humor he had his first time around remains intact, and it was on full display as he arrived at Hohokam Stadium for the first day of workouts.

“I don’t think I’ll get sick from mold in this one,” Blevins joked when talking about the differences from his first A’s stint, referring to the club’s older spring home of Phoenix Municipal Stadium.

The left-hander managed to remain positive through a tough free agency long enough for a minor league deal to reunite with Oakland, where he spent the first seven seasons of his 11-year big league career. He didn’t want to get too deep into it, but Blevins has some thoughts on the unusual state of the free agent market, which still features stars like Bryce Harper and Manny Machado without teams as spring training gets underway.

“It was definitely different this time around for me than it was before on top of my performance last year,” Blevins said of his free agent experience. “It’s a rough go for pretty much everyone and there are some changes that need to be made because there are too many good players out there still looking for a job.”

Blevins, 35, struggled in 2018 with the Mets as his ERA ballooned to a career-worst 4.97 ERA. But still the holder of a solid 3.66 ERA over his career, Blevins hopes a return to Oakland, where he compiled a 3.30 ERA over 281 appearances from 2007-13, can get him back on track.

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