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Athletics and Dallas Braden agree on one-year contract

Dec 13, 2011, 8:45 PM EDT

Athletics pitcher Dallas Braden throws during their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

The Athletics and Dallas Braden avoided arbitration today by agreeing on a one-year contract, the team announced.

Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle hears that he’ll make a $3.35 million base salary and could earn an additional $400,000 with performance-based incentives. He made the same salary in 2011 and was arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter.

Braden, 28, posted a 3.00 ERA and 15/5 K/BB ratio in 18 innings over three starts this past season before undergoing surgery in May to repair a torn capsule in his left shoulder.

The Athletics are hopeful that he’ll be ready to return around the start of next season, but as we have learned with the lengthy rehab process of Mets’ left-hander Johan Santana (who had the very same surgery), any timeline is subject to change.

  1. APBA Guy - Dec 14, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    Signing Dallas portends nothing about keeping him on the A’s payroll. Forget his positive mind control over Gio, if the New Stadium Deal is not worked out soon, everyone not making MLB minimum will be sold by the A’s before the trade deadline. That is, if there are any takers. If Dallas is finally healthy, a $ 3.5 M will look extremely attractive to a contender are pretender needing a 5th starter or filling in for an injured starter.

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