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Oakland A's remove four players from 40-man roster

The Oakland A's announced on Monday that they had removed four players from the 40-man roster, including switch-pitcher Pat Venditte, who was claimed by the Toronto Blue Jays.

With players on the 60-day disabled list set to be added to the active 40-man roster, the Oakland A's removed four players from their 40-man roster over the weekend: switch-pitcher Pat Venditte, RHP Cody Martin, outfielder Jason Pridie and catcher Bryan Anderson. A's starter Barry Zito also announced his retirement. Venditte and Martin were both claimed by other teams and remain 40-man roster players. Pridie was released by request so he could pursue a career in Japan, while Anderson was outrighted to Triple-A Nashville.

Venditte made his major-league debut with the A's this season after seven years in the minor leagues with the New York Yankees. He will return to the AL East, as he was claimed by the Toronto Blue Jays. Venditte appeared in 26 games with the A's and had a 4.40 ERA in 28.2 innings. He struck-out 23, walked 12 and allowed three homeruns. In the minor leagues, Venditte had a 1.81 ERA in 44.2 innings between Nashville and High-A Stockton. He struck-out 45 and walked 15. During his big league stint, Venditte held left-handers to a .116 average while righties hit .274 against him. He threw 5.2 scoreless innings to start his big league career before landing on the DL with a strained right shoulder. After returning from the disabled list, Venditte had a 5.48 ERA in 23 big league innings.

Martin joined the A's midseason from the Atlanta Braves organization in a trade that sent an international signing bonus slot to Atlanta. Martin will stay in AL West, as he was claimed by the Seattle Mariners. The right-hander made his major league debut in April this season with the Atlanta Braves as a reliever. He made his first big league start with the A's on September 1. In total, Martin had a 7.92 ERA in 30.2 big league innings between Atlanta and Oakland. In Triple-A, Martin had a 4.01 ERA in 94.1 innings for Gwinnett and Nashville. His ERA with Gwinnett was 2.10, but he posted a 5.10 ERA in 60 innings for the Sounds.

Pridie was the Sounds' offensive MVP in 2015 after he posted a 20/20 season and was named to the mid-season PCL All-Star team. The longtime veteran hit .310/.380/.515 for the Sounds. He joined the A's in September but didn't collect a hit in nine at-bats. Pridie heads to Japan as a career .278 hitter in 14 minor league seasons.

Anderson spent the entire regular season in Nashville as one of the Sounds' two main catchers. He hit only .202 in 82 games but joined the A's midway through September when Josh Phegley suffered a concussion and Carson Blair was sidelined with a knee injury. Anderson appeared in four games with the A's and had two hits in five at-bats. He also walked once.

Zito announced his retirement in an article written for The Players Tribune. His retirement was expected. The left-hander had a 3.46 ERA in 138 innings for Triple-A Nashville this season. He appeared in three games for the A's in September and Oakland won his final start, which came in Anaheim against the Los Angeles Angels. Zito finished his MLB career with 165 wins and 1,885 strike-outs over 15 seasons. He went 102-63 with a 3.58 ERA for the A's and he won the 2002 AL Cy Young award while with Oakland.

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