The Athletics are next in our arbitration-eligible series. Their candidates:
- First time: Craig Breslow, Dallas Braden, Ryan Sweeney, Travis Buck
- Second time: Kevin Kouzmanoff, Rajai Davis, Boof Bonser, Joey Devine
- Third time: Jeremy Hermida, Conor Jackson, Jack Cust, Gabe Gross
Hermida and Jackson, once top prospects, are now locks to be non-tendered. In a poll earlier this month, 71% of you predicted that Jackson will be cut. MLBTR readers also voted on Kouzmanoff, with 38% expecting a non-tender. Mark me down for a non-tender vote on the third baseman. It appears that Buck received the service time needed for Super Two status. He had a decent year at Triple A, but he's still a likely non-tender. I imagine Bonser will be non-tendered for the flexibility, even if the A's want him around for next year. Gross should round up the team's sizeable list of December cuts.
Breslow and Braden are locks to be tendered contracts. Sweeney had season-ending knee surgery in July, but I expect the A's to retain him. Davis has been disappointing, but he wouldn't get much of a raise. Devine missed the entire season with lingering elbow concerns, but he could be kept again for less than $1MM.
Due in part to a career-best .271 batting average, Cust has an OBP near .400 this year. Last time around the A's non-tendered Cust, re-signed him, and designated him for assignment in April. I'll guess he's non-tendered again.
The A's have to decide on a dozen arbitration-eligible players, but the salaries of those tendered contracts will be modest.