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Kurt Suzuki Signed To 4 Year Extension

Susan Slusser reports that Kurt Suzuki has agreed to a four-year, $16.25 million contract, with a vesting option in 2014. The exact figures are outlined in Slusser's article.

What I want to say about it is that rumblings were that Suzuki was not eager to sign an extension and wasn't necessary happy -- some of this comes second-hand and from inside sources -- and so while we don't know if the A's upped the dollar amounts from previous discussion, on the face of it the signing indicates to me that Suzuki likes what he sees more than he did a few months ago.

Perhaps the rebuilding plan is starting to take better shape right now, with the emergences of Trevor Cahill and Gio Gonzalez, with Michael Taylor and Chris Carter reknocking on the door a bit more lately, with the team playing better and feeling like it's closer to 1-2 players away than to 5-6. And so on.

Anyway, Suzuki has established himself around the league as one of the AL's best defensive catchers, a leader with the young pitching staff, and a league average hitter with some pop. That's a great player to have under contract, pretty affordably, for the next 4-5 years.