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OAKLAND -- The financial details have trickled out on the five-year contract given to A’s reliever Sean Doolittle.
The five-year deal is worth $10.5 million, according to the Associated Press, though the deal will increase to $13.75 million if he becomes eligible for salary arbitration as a “Super Two” player after this season.
The breakdown: Doolittle is set to receive $600,000 this season, $750,000 in 2015, $1.55 million in 2016, $2.6 million in 2017 and $4.35 million in 2018. There’s a $6 million club option for 2019 ($500,000 buyout) and a $6.5 million club option for 2020 ($500,000 buyout).
If Doolittle winds up becoming arbitration-eligible after this season, which is certainly possible, his salaries bump up to $1.4 million for 2015, $2.45 million for 2016, $3.65 million for 2017 and $5 million in 2018.
There are also clauses that call for more money based on how many games Doolittle finishes, which will factor in if he eventually becomes the A’s regular closer.