A's to sign Duchscherer, eye Springer

Updated: January 24, 2009, 6:40 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

The Oakland Athletics' efforts Saturday appear to have gone a long way toward shoring up their pitching staff.

Oakland and right-handed starter Justin Duchscherer, the club's last remaining roster player eligible for arbitration, avoided a salary arbitration hearing, reaching agreement on a one-year, guaranteed $3.9 million contract, according to his agent.

And the A's were in the process of hammering out a one-year deal with reliever Russ Springer, a union source told ESPN The ...

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