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.