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Top Aaron Brooks News

  • Athletics' Aaron Brooks: Catches on with Oakland

    Brooks signed a minor-league contract with the Athletics on Friday.

    Brooks will begin his third stint with the Athletics organization, after previously seeing big-league action with the club in the 2015 season and during the 2018 and 2019 seasons. He spent the entire 2023 season in the minors with the Padres' Triple-A affiliate in El Paso, logging a 4.95 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 51:20 K:BB in 63.2 innings. Brooks will likely open the 2024 campaign as a member of Triple-A Las Vegas' bullpen.

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  • Padres' Aaron Brooks: Sent to minor-league camp

    The Padres reassigned Brooks to minor-league camp Wednesday.

    San Diego signed Brooks to a minor-league deal in December, but the 32-year-old wasn't able to win a spot in the Friars' Opening Day bullpen after attending camp as a non-roster invitee. Assuming he sticks with the San Diego organization, Brooks could serve as a swingman at Triple-A El Paso to begin the 2023 campaign.

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  • Padres' Aaron Brooks: Gets NRI from San Diego

    Brooks and the Padres agreed Wednesday to a minor-league contract with an invitation to major-league spring training.

    Brooks was lit up for eight earned runs over just 9.1 total big-league frames last season with the Cardinals, who officially cut him loose in October. The veteran reliever will look to right the ship in the Padres' camp this spring, though he faces an uphill battle to actually claim an Opening Day roster spot.

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  • Aaron Brooks: Parts with St. Louis

    The Cardinals released Brooks on Friday.

    After spending the 2020 and 2021 seasons in the Korea Baseball Organization, Brooks returned stateside for the 2022 campaign, signing a one-year, $1.4 million deal with St. Louis. Brooks secured a spot in the Cardinals' Opening Day bullpen, but he was dropped from the 40-man roster one month into the season after yielding eight earned runs in 9.1 innings. He went on to spend the remainder of the season at Triple-A Memphis, where he pitched to a 5.56 ERA and 1.46 WHIP in 69.2 frames. The 32-year-old right-hander will have to settle for a minor-league deal if he opts to keep playing in affiliated ball in 2023.

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  • Cardinals' Aaron Brooks: Clears waivers

    Brooks cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Memphis on Thursday, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.

    Brooks will remain in the organization after being designated for assignment by the Cardinals on Monday. The right-hander made five relief appearances for St. Louis to begin the year, and he posted a 7.71 ERA and 1.39 WHIP in 9.1 innings.

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  • Cardinals' Aaron Brooks: Dropped from 40-man roster

    The Cardinals designated Brooks for assignment Monday.

    Brooks and long reliever Packy Naughton were dropped from the active roster, which the Cardinals needed to reduce from 28 to 26 ahead of Monday's game against the Royals. In the case of Brooks, he'll also lose his spot on the 40-man roster, as he didn't have any minor-league options remaining. After agreeing to a one-year, $1.4 million deal with St. Louis in the offseason, Brooks earned a spot on the Opening Day roster but was hit hard across his five relief outings. He'll finish his time in St. Louis with a 7.71 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 7:2 K:BB across 9.1 innings.

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  • Cardinals' Aaron Brooks: Hit hard Thursday

    Brooks allowed three runs on three hits and a walk with one strikeout in 2.2 innings during Thursday's 5-0 loss to the Marlins.

    Brooks gave up a solo home run to Jesus Sanchez in the sixth inning and a two-run blast to Jazz Chisholm in the seventh. It's been a rough start to the season for Brooks following a two-year stint in the KBO. He's posted a 6.35 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 4:1 K:BB across 5.2 innings in his first three appearances as a multi-inning option out of the bullpen -- he's only kept runs off the board in one of those outings.

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  • Cardinals' Aaron Brooks: Contract selected

    Brooks' contract was selected by the Cardinals on Friday.

    The 31-year-old impressed enough in camp to earn a spot despite his poor 6.49 ERA in 170.2 career innings at the MLB level. He's had far more success in Korea over the last two seasons, cruising to a 2.79 ERA in 229.1 frames. He could compete for a back-end rotation spot or serve as a long reliever.

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  • Cardinals' Aaron Brooks: Invited to camp by Cardinals

    Brooks joined the Cardinals as a non-roster invitee Monday.

    The 31-year-old righty owns a poor 6.49 ERA in 170.2 career major-league innings. He hasn't missed nearly enough bats, striking out just 16.1 percent of opposing batters. Brooks spent the last two seasons pitching for the Kia Tigers in Korea, where his 2.79 ERA in 36 starts suggests he may have figured something out. His strikeout rate remained a fairly modest 20.1 percent against lesser competition overseas, however, so he may still lack the ability to put big-league hitters away.

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  • Aaron Brooks: Heads to Korea

    Brooks will leave the Orioles to sign with the Kia Tigers of the KBO, Dan Connolly of The Athletic reports.

    Brooks threw a career-high 110 innings last season, split between Oakland and Baltimore. He wasn't particularly good, finishing with a 5.65 ERA and a 17.0 percent strikeout rate. He could return to American baseball in the future but is unlikely to be a significant asset unless his skillset changes in Korea.

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  • Orioles' Aaron Brooks: Captures win as reliever

    Brooks (6-8) allowed one run on one hit with one walk and four strikeouts across seven innings during a relief appearance to earn a victory over the Mariners on Friday.

    The Orioles pitching strategy Friday worked to perfection, as Richard Bleier got through the first two innings and then Brooks finished the game as the primary pitcher. Bleier yielded a pair of runs in his two frames, but Brooks almost held the Mariners completely off the scoreboard and allowed the Orioles to win their 50th game. Brooks improved to 6-8 and has a 5.75 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 81 strikeouts across 108 innings this season.

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  • Orioles' Aaron Brooks: Working as primary pitcher

    Brooks will serve as the primary pitcher for Friday's game against the Mariners, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.

    He will take the hill after Richard Bleier opens the contest. Brooks has struggled to a 6.06 ERA and 1.48 WHIP with a 77:32 K:BB over 101 innings this year.

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  • Orioles' Aaron Brooks: Could move to bullpen

    Brooks could pitch out of the bullpen going forward, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.

    Brooks isn't scheduled to start any of the Orioles' next several games and could be a reliever for the final 11 games of the season. The team has scheduled a bullpen day Friday against the Mariners, when Brooks could presumably pitch multiple innings.

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  • Orioles' Aaron Brooks: Snags fifth win

    Brooks (5-8) picked up the win after surrendering two runs on seven hits and three walks over 5.1 innings Friday night against the Tigers.

    Brooks cruised through the first five innings unscathed, and even after giving up two runs in the sixth, he'd exit the ballgame with a 4-2 lead. The 29-year-old right-hander managed to bounce back from his last outing, when he yielded seven runs (six earned) over just 2.2 frames, though he sits with a 6.06 ERA and 1.48 WHIP with 77 strikeouts over 101 innings this season.

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  • Orioles' Aaron Brooks: Falls to 4-8

    Brooks (4-8) was charged with seven runs (six earned) on six hits over 2.2 innings in a loss to the Rangers on Saturday. He struck out three batters and walked one.

    The first inning was one to forget; Brooks hit the first batter he faced, committed a throwing error and gave up a three-run homer in the frame. Brooks had a pair of good starts at the end of August, but he has mostly struggled since joining Baltimore on a waiver claim. In 11 starts for the Orioles, Brooks has a 7.54 ERA with nine home runs allowed in 45.1 innings. He could get a road start in Detroit next week, or the Orioles could also use Monday's off day to skip a starter, in which case Brooks would face the Dodgers.

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  • Orioles' Aaron Brooks: Ends hot streak

    Brooks allowed three runs on six hits and four walks with three strikeouts across 4.1 innings as he contributed to the Orioles 6-4 loss to the Royals on Sunday.

    Heading into Sunday's matchup, Brooks had gone the last 11 innings while only allowing one run and had picked up two wins in a row for the first time all season. That quickly ended as he gave up three quick runs in the first inning but was spared the loss as the Orioles tied it back up in the third before Brooks departed his start in the middle of the fourth. The 29-year-old now owns an ugly 5.81 ERA and a 74:28 K:BB ratio across 93 innings this season. He is lined up next to face the Rangers on Friday at home.

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  • Orioles' Aaron Brooks: Throws six scoreless innings

    Brooks (4-7) tossed six shutout innings, allowing only two hits with one walk and six strikeouts to earn a victory against the Nationals on Tuesday.

    The 29-year-old isn't having a very good season, but he has only allowed one run in his last 11 innings, and he's won both of his starts during that stretch. Of course, that's only brought his ERA down to 5.79. He is 4-7 and owns a 1.38 WHIP and 71 strikeouts in 88.2 innings across 24 appearances, including 15 starts this season between Oakland and Baltimore. Brooks will start again Sunday in Kansas City.

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  • Orioles' Aaron Brooks: Earns third win

    Brooks (3-7) allowed one earned run on seven hits and a walk while striking out four across five innings to earn the win Wednesday against the Royals.

    Brooks held the Royals in check, with his only earned run coming on a solo home run by Whit Merrifield to lead off the third inning. That was the only extra-base hit Brooks surrendered and he also allowed only two runners to reach scoring position across his five innings of work. He was in desperate need of a strong outing, as he's allowed 29 earned runs across 32.1 frames since making his debut with the Orioles on July 13. Brooks will look to build on this effort in his next start, currently scheduled for Tuesday at Washington.

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  • Orioles' Aaron Brooks: Bounced by Boston

    Brooks (2-7) took the loss Friday, giving up five runs on eight hits and a walk over 5.1 innings while striking out two as the Orioles were routed 9-1 by the Red Sox.

    If there was a silver lining to this performance for Brooks, it's that he managed to keep the ball in the yard after serving up seven homers over his prior three starts and 13 innings. The right-hander will carry a 6.49 ERA and 61:22 K:BB through 77.2 innings into his next outing Wednesday, at home against the Royals.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-4, 230 lbs
Birthplace: Montclair, CA
Age: 33
Experience: 2
Bats/Throws: R, R