Illini closer Garrett Acton signs with A’s


WCIA — One of the best relievers in Illinois baseball history signed a free agent deal with the Athletics on Monday. Garrett Acton set the Illini and Big Ten record for saves in a season in 2019 with 19. The Parkland College transfer added six more this spring, to secure the career program mark with 25.

“I am excited to announce that I have officially signed a Free Agent contract with the Oakland Athletics,” Acton posted on his Instagram account. “Thank you to my friends, family, teammates and coaches for the help and support along the way. I could not be more appreciative and thankful to have been a part of Illinois baseball and to wear the block I these last two years.”

Acton finished his Illini career as an All-American, posting a 1.82 ERA with 42 strikeouts in 39 2/3 innings over 36 appearances.

“It was really what needed to happen, this kind of situation to leave,” Acton said during a Zoom call on Tuesday. “Obviously I take a lot of pride in being a baseball player at the University of Illinois. It was a tough decision but I think that in terms of progressing my baseball career, this was the best timing.”

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