The Oakland Athletics announced that they have come to terms with right-hander Paul Blackburn on a one-year deal thus avoiding arbitration. Blackburn’s deal is worth $3.45 million per the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser.
The A’s have agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Paul Blackburn and outfielder Seth Brown on one-year contracts for the 2024 season and have now signed or agreed to terms with all arbitration-eligible players on the 40-man roster.— Oakland A's Communications (@AthleticsPR) January 11, 2024
Blackburn was slowed by injury to start the 2023 season, but ended up appearing in 21 games (20 starts) while posting a 4.43 ERA and a 3.96 FIP in 103 2⁄3 innings. He posted a career-best 22.4 percent strikeout rate, but also posted a higher walk-rate of 9.3%.
Blackburn will be arbitration eligible again next offseason before entering free agency at the end of the 2025 season. He will enter the season as the A’s most experienced starter and will likely be a candidate to start on Opening Day. Blackburn could also be a trade candidate in 2024 if he stays healthy and productive.
The Athletics avoided arbitration with outfielder Seth Brown by agreeing to a one-year deal worth $2.6 million earlier today.