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The A’s agreed to one-year contracts with first baseman Ike Davis and reliever Fernando Rodriguez on Tuesday, and they non-tendered first baseman Kyle Blanks and outfielder Andrew Brown.
Blanks and Brown now become free agents.
Oakland tendered contracts to all 12 of their remaining arb-eligible players – pitchers Fernando Abad, Jesse Chavez, Ryan Cook, Jarrod Parker and Jeff Samardzija; outfielders Sam Fuld, Craig Gentry and Josh Reddick; first baseman Brandon Moss; catcher/first baseman John Jaso; third baseman Brett Lawrie and second baseman Eric Sogard.
Those 12 are under team control and the A’s will now work to hammer out contract agreements with them. But trade possibilities remain.
The A’s reportedly gave Davis a one-year $3.8 million deal. He was a potential non-tender candidate, and the fact he remains in the fold means the A’s could potentially trade Brandon Moss and/or John Jaso, two other players who would likely see time at first base. Davis, Jaso and Moss all hit left-handed, and the presence of all three leaves a glut at first.
However, right fielder Josh Reddick’s name also has been floated in trade speculation, and were the A’s to deal him, it’s possible Moss could take over as the primary right fielder.
Rodriguez's deal is reportedly worth $635,000.
Blanks was hampered by leg injuries after the A’s acquired him last May in a trade from San Diego, and he was a victim of the numbers game at first. Brown was claimed off waivers from the New York Mets in October and was non-tendered even though he was not yet eligible for arbitration.