A's add lefty reliever Sauerbeck

Updated: June 19, 2006, 8:45 PM ET
Associated Press

OAKLAND, Calif. - The Oakland Athletics agreed to a one-year contract with left-handed reliever Scott Sauerbeck on Monday, one day after Steve Karsay announced his retirement and opened a spot in the bullpen.

Sauerbeck was scheduled to join the A's in Denver on Monday night for the opener of a three-game interleague series with the Colorado Rockies.

The 34-year-old Sauerbeck, in his seventh big league season, went 0-1 with a 6.23 ERA in 24 relief appearances for Cleveland this season before being designated for assignment June 9 and then unconditionally released June 16.

The A's will pay the prorated portion of the minimum of Sauerbeck's contract, with the Indians responsible for the remaining amount of the $1.2 million.

Late last month, Sauerbeck was charged with obstructing official business and permitting someone intoxicated to drive his vehicle. He and a woman were taken into custody after fleeing the pitcher's vehicle early on May 30 in northern Ohio and were found hiding behind bushes, police said.

Sauerbeck, who is married, was the passenger in his 1966 Lincoln Continental convertible, which a patrolman observed weaving at 3:45 a.m. The vehicle pulled into a driveway and the driver, Lily Miller, 28, and Sauerbeck got out, walked into the backyard and jumped a fence, according to a police report.

The owner of the house reported hearing voices outside and police found Sauerbeck and Miller hiding between the home and some bushes.

A's assistant general manager David Forst said the team was aware of Sauerbeck's legal issues.

"I spoke to Scott and his agent about it," Forst said. "My understanding is the legal proceedings have been pushed to the offseason."

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