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  1. From the AP:

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – Left-hander Brett Anderson and the
    Oakland Athletics have agreed to a $12.5 million, four-year
    contract that could be worth $31 million over six seasons.
    Anderson receives a $1 million signing bonus, payable in equal
    installments on Aug. 5, Nov. 1, March 1 and Nov. 1, 2011. He gets
    $500,000 this year, $1 million next year, $3 million in 2012 and
    $5.5 million in 2013, and Oakland has options for $8 million in
    2014 and $12 million in 2015.
    If either option is declined, he would get a $1.5 million
    buyout. Oakland must decide within 10 days of the end of the season
    whether to exercise the following year’s option.
    Anderson’s deal replaces a one-year contract reached in February
    that called for salaries of $410,000 in the majors and $240,000 in
    the minors.
    A 2008 U.S. Olympian, Anderson went 11-11 with a 4.06 ERA in his
    rookie season for the A’s last year. He threw 175 1-3 innings and
    struck out 150 batters to just 45 walks. He is 1-0 in two starts
    this season.

    Comment by Jay — April 16, 2010 @ 7:34 pm

  2. Anderson was called up in April of last year and got a full year of service time. As such, he was to have been eligible for arbitration after the 2011 season and to have been a free agent after 2014.

    This deal buys out the two remaining pre-arb years and two arbitration years, with options for year 3 and his first free agent season.

    His deal is less team-favorable than James Shields’ deal, but perhaps that’s understandable since he seems like a better prospect than Shields was at the point in Shields’ career when he signed his long-term contract.

    Comment by Paul Thomas — April 16, 2010 @ 7:43 pm

  3. I think like Tim Hudson, Mark Mulder, the A’s will look ride him through his late 20s and when the innings pile up, trade him for prospects when people assume Anderson still has a lot of pitching left.

    Comment by Larry — April 16, 2010 @ 9:01 pm

  4. I also think Anderson had more service time than Shields when the deal was signed–which would be a major factor.

    That’s just going back on the service time mistake from last year… waiting a month in (what should have been****) a noncontending/rebuilding season to call him up would have REALLY helped.

    ****Yes, hindsight is 20/20, and yes, the A’s were trying to contend, as evidenced by that godawful Matt Holliday trade.

    Comment by BX — April 16, 2010 @ 10:18 pm

  5. I’ve got a crazy theory that he will be traded in 3 1/2 years. Just a hunch.

    Comment by TJ — April 16, 2010 @ 11:41 pm

  6. You should get a prize for being the millionth person to come up with that one.

    Comment by Streams Of Whiskey — April 17, 2010 @ 12:18 am

  7. When will the A’s win something? This isn’t a game of getting the most wins/dollar. It is about winning hardware. Where is their hardware?

    Comment by TedWilson — April 17, 2010 @ 5:42 pm

  8. Fail.

    A’s = 6th winningest team of the last decade.

    5 playoff appearances, one ALDS championship (2006), 3 AL West titles (2002, 2003, 2006).

    Comment by BX — April 17, 2010 @ 9:27 pm

  9. This writer actually has no idea what he is talking about. Anderson would not qualify as a super two and this deal at most buys our 1 year of FA while providing 12 million guaranteed. In contrast, Evan Longoria signed a 6 year contract with three option years that take away two years of FA and pay him an average of less than Brett, for those six even though Brett’s is for an earlier portion of his career. The Haren example is ridiculous, it has no basis in comparison two a pre-arbitration signing. This writer does not know baseball.

    Comment by Wow — April 18, 2010 @ 8:11 am

  10. Yeah and you’re ugly.

    Comment by ajax — April 18, 2010 @ 8:34 am

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