A's avoid arbitration with four key players

A's avoid arbitration with four key players
January 17, 2014, 11:00 am
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Brandon Moss led the A's with 30 home runs last year, connecting every 14.9 at-bats. (USATSI)

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The A’s avoided arbitration with four more players on a busy Friday morning, signing first baseman Brandon Moss, shortstop Jed Lowrie, reliever Luke Gregerson and outfielder Craig Gentry to one-year contracts.

Their only remaining unsigned player who’s eligible for arbitration is right fielder Josh Reddick.

Lowrie will receive $5.25 million this season, Gregerson gets $5.065 million, Moss $4.1 million and Gentry $1.145 million. All those figures were reported by the New York Post’s Joel Sherman.

Past performance and major league service time both get taken into account when teams hammer out contracts with players in their arbitration years.

In all but a few cases, players need three years of service time to be eligible for arbitration, and they remain under team control during this period. After six years, they’re eligible for free agency.

If the A’s don’t announce an agreement with Reddick on Friday, they will exchange salary figures with his agent and continue trying to negotiate a contract in order to avoid going before an arbitration panel in February.


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