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Kirk Saarloos | Relief Pitcher

Team: Cleveland Indians
Age / DOB:  (35) / 5/23/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 180
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Cal State Fullerton
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Indians signed RHP Kirk Saarloos to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.
Saarloos has little chance to win a spot on the pitching staff and particularly in the Indians' suddenly deep rotation, but could stick as a long reliever. Thu, Jan 15, 2009 09:20:00 AM

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Athletics sent RHP Kirk Saarloos and infielder Donnie Murphy outright to Triple-A Sacramento.

Saarloos had a 5.67 ERA in 26 1/3 innings this season. He's still relatively young at age 29, but he's no longer the serviceable major league middle reliever he once was and it's probably time for him to start thinking about his next career.
Mon, Oct 6, 2008 08:36:00 PM

Athletics purchased the contract of RHP Kirk Saarloos from Triple-A Sacramento.

Oakland's bullpen has been stretched of late, so they'll bring up Saarloos to eat some innings. He's allowed nine runs in his last 30 innings, and has apparently looked very good in the minors. Still, he's not a fantasy option in middle relief.
Mon, Aug 18, 2008 05:19:00 PM

Kirk Saarloos accepted his assignment to Triple-A Sacramento.

He was DFA'd to make room for Rajai Davis.
Sat, Apr 26, 2008 10:04:00 AM

Athletics designated RHP Kirk Saarloos for assignment.

Saarloos gave up two earned runs in 7 2/3 innings out of the pen during his nine days with the A's.
Wed, Apr 23, 2008 07:31:00 PM

Athletics purchased the contract of RHP Kirk Saarloos from Triple-A Sacramento.

He'll be available to eat innings until the A's get Justin Duchscherer or Rich Harden back, allowing them to return Lenny DiNardo to the pen.
Mon, Apr 14, 2008 07:52:00 PM

Athletics reassigned RHP Kirk Saarloos and C Matthew LeCroy to minor league camp; optioned LHP Jerry Blevins and RHP Henry Rodriguez to Triple-A Sacramento.

Several youngsters have performed well this spring, so Saarloos, who was brought in as a fallback, wasn't needed. Blevins allowed two runs in six innings and is a definite candidate to spend considerable time with the A's this year. Rodriguez, one of the team's best young arms, allowed one run in five innings, though he walked five in the process.
Sun, Mar 16, 2008 01:36:00 PM

According to the Contra Costa Times, the A's have agreed to terms with Kirk Saarloos on a minor league contract with an invite to spring training.

Saarloos pitched for the A's from 2004-2006, but then went 1-5 with a 7.17 ERA in 42 2/3 innings last season after being traded to the Reds. With the A's in rebuilding mode, there could be a place for Saarloos to stick around as an innings eater.
Wed, Jan 16, 2008 10:00:00 AM

Reds sent RHP Kirk Saarloos, infielder Mark Bellhorn and outfielder Jason Ellison outright to Triple-A Louisville.

Bellhorn was going to be a free agent anyway. Saarloos made $1.2 million while amassing a 7.17 ERA in 42 2/3 innings this year, so it figured that the Reds would drop him before he could go to arbitration again. He was so awful this year that he might not have much of a chance when he is competing for a job elsewhere next spring.
Thu, Oct 11, 2007 04:34:00 PM

The Reds will start Kirk Saarloos in place of Phil Dumatrait in Saturday's game.

Saarloos gets the nod despite possessing a 7.39 ERA in 35 1/3 innings.
Wed, Sep 12, 2007 09:27:00 PM

Reds recalled RHP Kirk Saarloos from Triple-A Louisville.

Saarloos will probably do little but mop up this month. He'll probably be non-tendered in December after such a disastrous season in his return to the NL.
Tue, Sep 4, 2007 02:15:00 PM

Reds optioned RHP Kirk Saarloos to Triple-A Louisville.

Saarloos was brought back to join the pen five days ago, but the Reds weren't interested in using him as a starter. He'll rejoin the team in September.
Sun, Aug 26, 2007 12:58:00 PM

Reds recalled RHP Kirk Saarloos from Triple-A Louisville.

Saarloos has an 8.19 ERA in 29 2/3 innings for the Reds this season. He figures to work in middle relief.
Tue, Aug 21, 2007 03:47:00 PM

Reds optioned RHP Kirk Saarloos to Triple-A Louisville.

Saarloos gave up eight runs in his final three appearances, taking his ERA from 5.97 to 8.19. The Reds probably won't be quick to try him again.
Fri, Jul 27, 2007 05:53:00 PM

Reds recalled RHP Kirk Saarloos from Triple-A Louisville.

Saarloos had a 4.30 ERA in 14 2/3 innings for Louisville. The International League hit .333 against him, which is even better than the NL did. He'll work in middle relief.
Sat, Jul 7, 2007 04:59:00 PM

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2B1Jason Kipnis
SS1Jose Ramirez
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LF1Michael Brantley
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CF1Michael Bourn
RF1David Murphy
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DH1Nick Swisher
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5Kyle Crockett
6Nick Hagadone
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