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Athletics and Tyler Clippard avoid arbitration

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The Oakland Athletics have agreed to terms with right-handed reliever Tyler Clippard on a one-year deal, avoiding arbitration, the team announced in a tweet. The deal is for $8,300,000, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Clippard had submitted for $8,850,000 and the team had offered $7,775,000.

With the settlement, the A's close the book on their 12 arbitration-eligible players. Jarrod Parker was the only player to reach the hearing stage, which the team won. Since Billy Beane became general manager in the 1998 season, the A's have gone to arbitration just three times, and have won all three.

Clippard's award is just below the midpoint of $8,312,500, which is a mild surprise given the lack of comparable players to support a higher award. The $2.425 million raise exceeds the $2.115 million raise David Robertson received in his final arbitration year as a non-closer reliever.

The deal bring the A's payroll to around $85 million.

2015 Oakland Athletics arbitration ($Millions)
Player Estimates Arbitration salaries filed
2015
Actual
2014
Salary
Service
Time
Swartz
Model
My
Estimate
Player
Demand
Club
Demand
Mid-
point
Tyler Clippard $9.300 $9.300* $8.850 $7.775 $8.3125 $8.300 $5.875 5.148^
Josh Reddick $3.700 $3.700 XXX XXX XXX $4.100 $2.700 4.050
Ike Davis $4.400 $4.400* XXX XXX XXX $3.800 $3.500 4.155^
Jesse Chavez $2.500 $2.400 XXX XXX XXX $2.150 $0.775 4.108
Brett Lawrie $1.800 $1.800* XXX XXX XXX $1.925 $0.516 3.055
Sam Fuld $1.600 $1.500 XXX XXX XXX $1.750 $0.800 4.140^
Craig Gentry $1.500 $1.800 XXX XXX XXX $1.600 $1.145 4.084
Ryan Cook $1.300 $1.300 XXX XXX XXX $1.400 $0.505 3.036
Fernando Abad $0.900 $1.400 $1.225 $0.850 $1.0375 $1.088 $0.526 3.073
Eric Sogard $1.000 $1.500 $1.425 $0.900 $1.1625 $1.075 $0.510 3.064
Jarrod Parker $0.900 $1.500 $1.700 $0.850 $1.2750 $0.850 $0.500 3.000
Fernando Rodriguez $0.900 $0.700 XXX XXX XXX $0.635 $0.600 3.053^
Total $29.800 $31.300 $29.925 $27.100 $28.513 $28.673
*I adopted Swartz's estimate ^Player was a Super-2 player "XXX" Settled before figures exchanged