The Oakland Athletics have reached arbitration settlements with Josh Reddick and Fernando Rodriguez, resolving all remaining arbitrations.
The A's and Josh Reddick first reached an agreement on a one-year arbitration settlement, reports MLB Network's Jon Heyman:
reddick, a's settled at $6.575M— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 15, 2016
The deal falls below the $7.0 million projected by Matt Swartz for MLB Trade Rumors. Today's deal shouldn't have any effect on the possibility of an extension, as the sides needed to reach an agreement for this year's salary before February arbitration hearings. This year's free agent outfielder market could provide the A's and Reddick a better idea of what Reddick could expect at free agency at the end of 2016, but it has been slow to develop.
Oakland's last arbitration-eligible player was Fernando Rodriguez, who also reached an agreement according to the Associated Press:
RHP Fernando Rodriguez's deal also considered done with Athletics, for $1.05M.— Janie McCauley (@JanieMcCAP) January 15, 2016
Rodriguez had been projected to earn $1.3 million under the Swartz model.
A primer on the arbitration process is available at this hyperlinked text.
Here's where the A's stand with their arbitration-eligible players this year:
|2016 Oakland Athletics arbitration settlements ($Millions)|
Under Billy Beane, the A's have only gone to an arbitration hearing on three occasions, the club winning all three times: (1) Ariel Prieto in 2000, (2) Juan Cruz in 2005, and (3) Jarrod Parker in 2015.
Oakland's eight arbitration settlements come in $1.6 million below those projected by Swartz. Payroll should look something like this in 2016:
|Pre-arb players (full season)||11||$5,582,500|
I've listed Henderson Alvarez separately because he is arbitration eligible for 2017, but the nature of his agreement this year after being non-tendered was not an arbitration settlement. Alvarez could earn up to $1.6 million more in games started bonuses. You can lop off up to $1.5 million for Felix Doubront, depending on when he is released from the A's.