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Saturday, January 28, 2006

Ellis signed to two-year extension

Second baseman Mark Ellis, the last of the A's arbitration-eligible players who had not yet been signed for 2006, agreed to a two-year extension with $6M. The contract will pay him $2.25M this year, $3.5M next year, and $5M if the team picks up an option on him for 2008, otherwise a $250,000 buyout. This seems like a good deal for the A's, considering Ellis was the team's best hitter last year. If his offensive improvement is for real, then he's an elite player, because his defense at 2B is fantastic. If he regresses to league average as a hitter (or slightly worse), the A's have still locked up his prime years at a reasonable price.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Whup, there is it!

The A's signed Frank Thomas today. Let the shooting of the moon commence. The Q of spades has been acquired. Except for this Q has a big bat. And he is an injury risk, which means he may turn out more like the Ron Gant or David Justice pickup than the final piece to the puzzle of this year. But we sure can hope. My hopes for other years have been high, but this team is looking really really good.

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