A’s Extend Brett Anderson

The A's signed lefty Brett Anderson to a four-year contract extension, the team announced (via Twitter). The deal runs from 2010-2013 and includes club options for 2014 and 2015. The extension buys out Anderson's last two pre-arbitration seasons and his first two arbitration years. The options cover Anderson's final arb year and his first year of free agency. 

As the Associated Press reported (via ESPN.com), Anderson will earn $500K in 2010, $1MM in 2011, $3MM in 2012, and $5.5MM in 2013. The options are for $8MM in 2014 and $12MM in 2015, with a $1.5MM buyout for each year. Anderson will also receive a $1MM signing bonus, paid in four equal installments between now and November 2011. Overall, the deal will guarantee the left-hander $12.5MM and could be worth as much as $31MM over six years.

In comparison, Brandon Webb signed a $7.5MM extension covering the same four-year chunk of his career in 2004. The Anderson contract overwrites the 2010 deal worth $410K that the A's re-signed him to last month.

The 22-year-old lefty pitched to a 4.06 ERA in 175.1 innings last year with 7.7 K/9 and 2.3BB/9. He has pitched similarly well in his two starts this season. Baseball America ranked Anderson the seventh-best prospect in the game going into the 2009 season.

14 Responses to A’s Extend Brett Anderson Leave a Reply

  1. BIGPELF 5 years ago

    good for the A’s

  2. Great deal, hopefully the A’s can lock up Cahill and eventually have a new big three in the coming seasons.

  3. Nicolas_C 5 years ago

    Yes this had to be done. Seems like the A’s got their next Dan Haren here, making the deal a good one. They also got some other good talent in that deal.

  4. whynot49 5 years ago

    Bretty Anderson baby, thank the lord. I truly hope he dons the green and gold for the extent of his career. The kid is a stud, don’t be too surprised if he makes a run at the AL Cy Young this year or the next.

    • alxn 5 years ago

      I agree completely with him being capable of making a run at the CY this year. He’s that good. A pitcher’s park and the best defense in baseball doesn’t hurt.

  5. lakersdodgersyankees4life 5 years ago

    This basically was just cost control. They now know how much he will cost until at least year 5 of control. It’s good they are able to negotiate with him, but it isnt something that should get everyone extremely excited about… remember, at most, it buys out 1 FA year

    • alxn 5 years ago

      When players like Tim Lincecum are looking for $10M+ in arbitration, this is something to be excited about.

      • lakersdodgersyankees4life 5 years ago

        Im just pointing out this isnt an extension that gives you extra control. I will agree that if he is anything towards what his potential is, this deal will be great for them.

        • Yankees420 5 years ago

          C’mon you know that if the dodgers had locked up some young guy they had with Anderson’s numbers and potential to this kind of deal you’d be ranting and raving.

          • lakersdodgersyankees4life 5 years ago

            No, Id be saying the same thing. It is a cost control move that could look GREAT in a couple of seasons… right now it is a way for them to know how much that Anderson will cost through the rest of his already-controlled years, plus possibly 1 FA year, but it did not give them multiple extra years of control…

  6. awesome… i just bought an authentic brett anderson jersey, at least i can keep it for 4 years now!

  7. AmericanMovieFan 5 years ago

    Great deal for both parties.

  8. 0vercast 5 years ago

    Should be easy to trade with this contract. He’ll land a couple of nice prospects. lol

    • whynot49 5 years ago

      nah overcast, he isn’t getting traded anytime soon. maybe once the contract is expiring, but not for another three-four years and even then maybe we’ll be getting a new ballpark and we’ll be able to afford a stud like him. as you can see, my name on here is whynot49 and it’s because if anyone asks me who’s gonna win the cy young this year I just say why not 49? Brett Anderson, baby.

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