Four settle thru arbitration.......
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OAKLAND -- The A's on Tuesday announced that they've avoided arbitration with outfielder Milton Bradley, right-hander Kiko Calero, lefty Joe Kennedy and infielder Marco Scutaro by agreeing to terms with them on one-year contracts for the 2007 season.
The signings leave outfielder Bobby Kielty and righties Justin Duchscherer and Kirk Saarloos as the only arbitration-eligible Athletics yet to sign with the team. Unsigned players and teams throughout MLB must exchange proposed salary figures for the season by Wednesday, but negotiations can continue thereafter. Arbitration hearings are scheduled for Feb. 1-20.
In his first year with Oakland, Bradley, acquired in a trade with the Dodgers last offseason, made 95 starts in right field and batted .276 with 14 home runs and 52 RBIs. After batting .213 (20-for-94) with three home runs and eight RBIs in 28 games before the All-Star break, Bradley, who was on the disabled list twice in the first half, hit .300 (77-for-257) with 11 home runs and 44 RBIs after the break. He also batted .500 (9-for-18) with two home runs and five RBIs in the American League Championship Series against Detroit.
Calero, who led the A's and tied for eighth in the American League with a career-high 70 appearances last season, was 3-2 with two saves and a 3.41 ERA in 2006. He posted career highs in strikeouts (67), innings pitched (58) and pickoffs (three) and was the only member of the A's Opening Day bullpen to spend the entire season in the 'pen; four players (Duchscherer, Kennedy, Huston Street and Jay Witasick) spent time on the DL, and two (Brad Halsey and Saarloos) had stints in the starting rotation.
Calero had 24 first-batter strikeouts, ranking second in the AL behind Francisco Rodriguez (25) of the Angels.
Kennedy posted a 4-1 record with a 2.31 ERA in 39 appearances last season. He missed half of the season while on the disabled list from May 11 to August 14 with left shoulder tendinitis, but when healthy, he posted some of the best numbers in the A's bullpen. His ERA was the lowest on the A's pitching staff, and he allowed just two of his 21 inherited runners to score.
Kennedy did not allow an earned run in 35 of his career-high 39 outings, and he's the front-runner to fill the hole in the starting rotation created by the departure of free agent Barry Zito.
Scutaro began the season as the A's backup middle infielder but saw significant playing time because of injuries to others, starting 61 games at shortstop, 33 games at second base and eight at third for 102 starts on the season. He has started 324 of 486 (66.7 percent) regular-season games over the past three years, ranking him fourth among A's during that time frame.
Scutaro batted .266 with five home runs and 41 RBIs in 117 games overall in 2006, posting career highs in runs (52), walks (50), triples (six), on-base percentage (.350) and slugging percentage (.397). He batted .305 (61-for-200) with four home runs and 24 RBIs in 60 games after the All-Star break, and over the past three seasons he has eight game-winning plate appearances with the A's, including one home run, six singles and a sacrifice bunt/error.
According to the Associated Press, Kennedy's contract calls for a base salary of $2.8 million, and he could earn an additional $300,000 in performance bonuses under terms of the deal; $100,000 each for 20 and 25 starts, and an additional $50,000 each for 27 and 30 starts. Details of the other deals had not been released as of Tuesday afternoon.
A's pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training on Friday, Feb. 16, with the first workout scheduled for the next day. The remainder of the squad will report on Wednesday, Feb. 21, with the first full squad workout set for Feb. 22.
The A's will open Cactus League play on Thursday, March 1, against the Milwaukee Brewers in Phoenix, Ariz.
I think Scutaro should get what he is asking for. He has done nothing but 110% of what the A's have asked of him in the past! HOOK HIM UP!!!!!!!