OAKLAND -- The Oakland Athletics have locked down their final two arbitration eligible players by signing Brandon Moss and Jerry Blevins, each to one-year contracts.
Blevins' and Moss' deals will give them a bump in pay for 2013, but they are still under team control beyond that year. Blevins won't be a free agent until 2016, and Moss won't hit the open market until 2017.
Both Blevins and Moss had career years last season. Blevins was 5-1 with one save, but managed to wiggle out of a seemingly impossible situation in that save. Up 6-5 in Anaheim on September 11, the Angels had runners on the corners and no outs. Blevins struck out Kendrys Morales swinging and then got Howie Kendrick to ground into a game-ending double play.
After the game, Blevins could be heard shouting "Where's my pie?" in the A's clubhouse. He deserved one. Because had he not worked his way out of that jam, the A's would probably not have ended up winning the division.
The 29-year-old reliever had a career-best 2.48 ERA and .201 opponents batting average last season. His 54 strikeouts and 65 1/3 innings pitched were career-highs.
Moss, 29, clubbed 21 home runs and drove in 52 runners. Those numbers are very good, then you realize he joined the team in June and they become downright spectacular. Moss hit .291 with 18 doubles, and more than half of his hits were for extra bases. The outfielder-turned-first baseman will likely continue to bat in the heart of the A's lineup and share time at first base with Chris Carter.