Keith Foulke
45-Year-Old PitcherRP
 Free Agent  
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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$One-year deal with the A's for 2008 worth $700,000 -- signed in February of 2008 -- with performance bonuses of another $2.5 million.
PFree Agent  
December 2, 2008
Foulke was not offered arbitration by the A's.
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Oakland is loaded from the right side of the bullpen, so we expect him to sign elsewhere.
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Foulke's heroic 2004 season seems so long ago. Injuries to his right knee, elbow and back took their toll on Foulke in both the 2005 and 2006 seasons. But last season wasn't a total loss. Once he got healthy, his second-half ERA was 2.04 and he wasn't scored upon in 11 September appearances. After signing with Cleveland, he'll compete in spring training with Joe Borowski for the vacant closer job and could be a nice bargain.
Foulke remains an enigma entering the 2006 season. His 2005 season was derailed by knee surgery, and he never found effectiveness after returning. The sore knee took some velocity off his fastball, making his signature changeup less effective. His role of closer is in doubt, but we'll be better able to assess his value during spring training.
Foulke returns as Boston's closer in 2005, but manager Terry Francona deploys him a bit differently than the typical closer. Foulke finished 15th in all of baseball with 32 saves -- behind the likes of Shawn Chacon and Jose Mesa. Feeling Foulke was his best pitcher, Francona often brought him into came into games with the score tied, with runners already on base or for multiple-inning work. His usage pattern increases the risk of blown saves, of which Foulke had seven in 2004, or no save at all in the case of games that were already tied. If you're looking for the 40-save stud, Foulke is not your man.
Foulke is coming off of an insanely good season, though pretty representative of what he was capable of pre-Jerry Manuel Scapegoat Era. He yields the occasional longball, though that's really nit-picking. He signed with Boston in the offseason and should remain an elite closer.
Forget the talk of Foulke being the next Derek Lowe. Oakland picked him up to be their closer, a job that the White Sox bizarrely decided he couldn't do anymore despite an 86% save conversion rate and 347 K's in 352 innings over the last four years. He's not a sure-fire lock -- his K rate has dropped three years running -- but he's more likely to duplicate Billy Koch's 2002 numbers than Koch himself is.
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PFree Agent  
November 2, 2008
Foulke has officially filed for free agency.
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POakland Athletics  
October 14, 2008
Foulke was limited to just 31 appearances out of the A's bullpen in 2008 due to shoulder problems.
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POakland Athletics  
September 30, 2008
Foulke isn't expected to return to the A's in 2009, the Contra Costa Times reports.
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POakland Athletics  
August 30, 2008
Foulke (shoulder) was activated from the 15-day DL on Saturday.
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POakland Athletics  
August 28, 2008
Foulke (shoulder) threw an inning in a rookie-level game Wednesday, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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