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MLB Rumor Central: Roster spot for Ross Detwiler in Oakland?

Ross Detwiler struggled to a 6.10 ERA with the Indians and A's last season. AP Photo/Tony Avelar

Veteran left-hander Ross Detwiler, who is in camp on a minor league contract, is "emerging as a strong possibility" for a role in the Oakland Athletics' bullpen, reports Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.

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Slusser says Detwiler is the front-runner for the role of second southpaw behind Sean Doolittle.

The 31-year-old Detwiler split last season between Cleveland and Oakland, struggling to a 6.10 ERA and 1.60 WHIP in 16 outings, including seven starts. Detwiler, who started 27 games with a 3.40 ERA for the Nationals in 2012, was without a job until mid-January, when he agreed to a minor league deal with the A's.

Detwiler has not been all that impressive in Cactus League play, compiling a 5.40 ERA while walking three in five innings. But Daniel Coulombe, Detwiler’s primary competition, has allowed 10 hits with an 8.31 ERA in 4 1/3 innings.

- Doug Mittler