A's tender contracts to nine, sign Rodriguez to one-year deal

A's tender contracts to nine, sign Rodriguez to one-year deal
December 2, 2013, 8:30 pm
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Seth Smith is due a salary in excess of $4 million, while Daric Barton is in line for a salary in the neighborhood of $1.5 million. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

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The A's tendered contracts Monday to all nine of their arbitration-eligible players.

They quickly took care of business with one of those players, signing reliever Fernando Rodriguez to a one-year deal. Others tendered contracts were first basemen Daric Barton and Brandon Moss, shortstop Jed Lowrie, outfielders Josh Reddick and Seth Smith, catcher John Jaso and relievers Jerry Blevins and Jesse Chavez.

The A's had until 9 p.m. Monday to offer contracts to these players or they would have become free agents. Now the A's will try to come to terms on salaries with their tendered players and avoid going before an arbitration panel, though Rodriguez is already taken care of.

The upshot of Monday's decisions are that some players thought to be "on the bubble" -- most notably Barton and Smith -- will be back in the fold when the A's report for spring training in February. Smith is due a salary in excess of $4 million, and given how his playing time was squeezed last season in a crowded outfield, it was unknown whether the A's would retain him.

Barton is one of three players in the mix at first base along with Moss and Nate Freiman. Like Moss, he hits left-handed, which raised the possibility of Barton being cut loose. He's in line for a salary in the neighborhood of $1.5 million.

Rodriguez, obtained from Houston last winter in the same deal that brought Lowrie to Oakland, missed all of last season after undergoing reconstructive elbow surgery. He'll now get the chance to win a spot in the bullpen.

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