The A’s signed right-hander Phil Humber to a minor league contract Saturday, and the veteran will likely get the chance to win a roster spot in spring training.
It’s a low-risk move for the A’s. Humber went 0-8 with a 7.90 ERA in 17 appearances (seven starts) with Houston this past season, but at the very least, the 30-year-old can provide some Triple-A pitching depth.
Humber etched his name in the record books on April 21, 2012. Pitching for the Chicago White Sox, he threw the 21st perfect game in major league history in a 4-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners.
However, Humber is just 16-23 with a 5.31 ERA over eight big league seasons spent with the New York Mets, Minnesota Twins, Kansas City Royals, Chicago White Sox and Astros. The A’s claimed him off waivers from Kansas City in December 2010, only to waive him one month later, when he was claimed by the White Sox.