The Oakland Athletics and reliever Fernando Abad have come to an agreement on a one-year deal thereby avoiding arbitration.
The 29-year-old left hander will make $1,087,500 in 2015. Abad had initially asked for 0$1.225 million when he filed for arbitration and the A’s countered at $850,000, meaning Abad got approximately $50,000 over the mid-point between the two offers.
That’s a substantial raise for the reliever who is coming off of a career year which is definitely not a bad thing in your first year of arbitration eligibilty.
In 2014 Abad posted a 1.57 ERA in 57.1 innings pitched collecting 51 strikeouts. He was 2-4 in 69 total appearances in his first season with the Athletics.
Abad had not had such luck in his first four big league seasons, three with the Houston Astros and one with the Washington Nationals. During that time he was 1-14 with a 4.56 ERA in 127 games and 122.1 innings pitched.
His move to the A’s and the American League (the Astros were still in the National League between 2010 and 2012, moving to the A.L. West in 2013) proved to be a great one for Abad.
Abad made $525,900 with Oakland in 2014, The southpaw currently has 3.073 years of MLB service time and will first be eligible for free agency in 2018.
Oakland still has to agree to terms with pitchers Jarrod Parker and Tyler Clippard in order to avoid arbitration hearings this year, something that the team has managed to do all but twice under Billy Beane‘s tenure as general manager of the club.