Friday, January 19, 2007
A's re-sign right-hander Saarloos
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Kirk Saarloos and the Oakland Athletics
agreed Friday to a one-year contract guaranteeing the right-hander
$1.2 million and avoided arbitration.
Saarloos went 7-7 with a 4.75 ERA in 16 starts and 19 relief
appearances last season. The club's No. 5 starter in 2005, he could
rejoin the rotation this season under new manager Bob Geren.
In addition to his salary, he could earn a $50,000 bonus for
appearing in 50 games. He also could make $300,000 based on starts:
$100,000 each for 20 and 25, and $50,000 each for 27 and 30.
Saarloos, who earned $354,000 last year, had asked for
$1,475,000 in arbitration and had been offered $925,000.
Right-hander Justin Duchscherer and outfielder Bobby Kielty are
the only arbitration-eligible players who still haven't re-signed
with the A's. Outfielder Milton Bradley and infielder Marco Scutaro
agreed to one-year contracts earlier in the week.