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UPDATE: Athletics lock up Brett Anderson through 2013

Apr 16, 2010, 8:25 PM EDT

Brett Anderson.jpgUPDATE: According to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle, Anderson could earn a maximum of $31 million if both option years are exercised. He’s guaranteed $12.5 million over the four year contract with a $1 million signing bonus and a $1.5 million buyout. He could potentially earn $8 million in 2014 and $12 million in 2015.

7:09 pm: The Athletics inked left-hander Brett Anderson to a four-year contract through the 2013 season, the team announced on Friday afternoon. The contract includes club options for 2014 and 2015. Financial details were not disclosed.

The extension covers his final two years of pre-arbitration and his first two years of arbitration, while the options consist of his final year in the process and his first year of free agency.

Anderson, 22, was 11-11 with a 4.06 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and a 150/45 K/BB ratio in his rookie campaign with the Athletics last season, emerging as one of the most promising young left-handers in the game. He’s already off to a fantastic start this season, tossing 12 scoreless innings to begin his second year in the bigs.

There’s obviously a bit of an injury risk attached with any young pitcher, especially one who threw 175 1/3 innings in his first major league season, but the Athletics could save millions in the long run.

  1. Patrick - Apr 16, 2010 at 8:37 PM

    That is an absolute steal.

  2. Old Gator - Apr 17, 2010 at 7:52 AM

    That’s too much for Billy Beane to be spending on anything as frangible as a pitcher. If bondage is really what they wanted, for a fraction of the cost, they could have paid off their road strange tie him to the bed with old neckties. I bet he would have liked that just as much, if not more. At my age, I know that I would.

  3. APBA Guy - Apr 17, 2010 at 10:29 AM

    As an A’s fan, you have to like the 4 year deal. The $ 20M in options is “illusion” money, designed to create the illusion for free agents that Oakland is willing to pay you to play for the team. I doubt that Anderson will see the $ 20M payday. Beane will trade him for 3 more prospects, unless the A’s have a new stadium actually under construction by then.

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