San Francisco, CA – The San Francisco Giants and the Oakland Athletics finalized a trade on Friday, bringing veteran pitcher Ross Stripling to the Athletics in exchange for infielder/outfielder Jonah Cox. The trade was announced by both teams on Friday afternoon.
Stripling’s performance saw him struggle in his first season with the Giants after signing a two-year, $25 million contract with the team last year. In his first season, he posted a 0-5 record with a 5.35 ERA, 70 strikeouts, and 16 walks in 89 innings pitched. His role shifted between the starting rotation and the bullpen.
Despite his struggles, Stripling exercised the second and final year of his contract with the Giants and is set to make $12.5 million in 2024. The Giants will pay $3.25 million of Stripling’s salary as part of the trade, leaving the Athletics responsible for the rest of his salary.
In exchange for Stripling, the Giants acquired 22-year-old Cox, a versatile player who has experience playing center field, left field, and shortstop in the minor leagues. In 2023, Cox batted .287/.366/.403 with two home runs, 15 RBI, and 20 stolen bases while playing for the A’s rookie ball and Single-A affiliates.
Looking ahead to the upcoming season, Stripling has been working on adding a new pitch to his repertoire, which he has dubbed the “Deathball.” This new pitch is expected to make its debut in the upcoming season with the Oakland Athletics.
Additionally, Stripling will be joining former Giants teammate, veteran left-handed pitcher Alex Cobb, who officially signed a one-year contract with the Athletics on the same day. This trade and signing mark significant changes for both the Giants and the Athletics as they prepare for the upcoming season.