A’s Re-Sign Mark Ellis

SUNDAY: The A’s reached an agreement with Ellis, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.  He’ll make about $5MM in ’09, $6MM in ’10, and has a $6MM club option for ’11.  There’s also about $2MM in possible incentives.  Olney believes the deal could be worth $18MM with all incentives reached.  Slusser has quotes from the happy second baseman in this morning’s article.

SATURDAY: According to ESPN’s Buster Olney:

Heard this: The Oakland Athletics are moving closer to signing second baseman Mark Ellis — who would be eligible for free agency after the World Series — to a multiyear deal.

Ellis, 31, hit .233/.321/.373 in 507 plate appearances.  He was stellar again defensively, making 26 more plays than the average second baseman.  He missed time for a sore hamstring and a torn labrum in his shoulder (which eventually required surgery last month).  Ellis would’ve been an intriguing alternative to Orlando Hudson, but it looks like he won’t reach the open market.



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