A few notes from Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle:
- Mark Ellis’s deal is for two years with a third year option; it could be worth close to $20MM. He came at a discount due to his shoulder injury this year. He would’ve been a bargain regardless; the market continues to undervalue defense in some ways. Tom Tango goes as far as to say the players union should be having a fit over Ellis’ new deal.
- Just like he was open to Barry Bonds, third baseman Eric Chavez would like to see the A’s sign Jason Giambi. Speaking of Bonds – John Shea doesn’t buy the idea that he’d play for the minimum.