A’s tender contracts to all but two arbitration eligible players

A’s also sign Fernando Rodriguez and Ike Davis to one-year deals

The A’s tendered contracts to all but two of their arbitration eligible players Tuesday prior to the 9pm ET deadline. Those players include: (list provided by CSN Bay Area via MLBTradeRumors and includes their projected salaries for 2015):

John Jaso – $3.3MM
Jeff Samardzija – $9.5MM
Brandon Moss – $7.1MM
• Sam Fuld – $1.6MM
Jesse Chavez – $2.5MM
Craig Gentry – $1.5MM
Josh Reddick – $3.7MM
Fernando Abad – $900,000
Eric Sogard – $1.0MM
Brett Lawrie – $1.8MM
Ryan Cook – $1.3MM
Jarrod Parker – $900,000

The two non-tendered players were first baseman Kyle Blanks and outfielde Andrew Brown. Blanks had been designated for assignment when the A’s traded Josh Donaldson and recieved Brett Lawrie and three other players from the Toronto Blue Jays.

Brown was designated for assignment upon the acquisition of first baseman Ike Davis from the Pittsburgh Pirates. Both Brown and Blanks will now become free agents.

What does all this mean? Well, being tendered means that the player remains under team control and will negotiate their 2015 salary with the team through arbitration. If the two parties cannot agree on a number that’s where arbitration hearings come in. 

In arbitration hearings, each side gets to present their case and an arbitration panel will rule on either the team’s offer or the player’s number depending on who has the best case.

In recent years the A’s have been able to for the most part avoid any arbitration hearings. Last season Josh Reddick and the Athletics almost took the process all the way to a hearing but decided on a figure with just a day prior to the scheduled hearing. 

Reddick asked for an amount that was higher than the A’s thought he had earned during the 2013 season which was not a great season for the right fielder. Luckily the two parties found some sort of middle ground and were able to avoid the hearing.

In related-news the Athletics came to terms on one-year contracts with first baseman Ike Davis and pitcher Fernando Rodriguez, avoiding the arbitration process with them completely.

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