Oakland Athletics Avoid Arbitration With Four More Players; Josh Reddick Still Unsigned


Jed Lowrie, left, and Brandon Moss each agreed to one-year contracts with the Oakland Athletics on Friday. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

The Oakland Athletics came to terms on one-year contracts with four arbitration-eligible players on Friday, according to MLB.com, leaving only right fielder Josh Reddick unsigned on the deadline for teams and players to exchange salary figures.

Shortstop Jed Lowrie signed for $5.25 million for 2014, setup man Luke Gregerson agreed to $5.065 million, first baseman Brandon Moss for $4.1 million and outfielder Craig Gentry at $1.145 million. The signings were confirmed by MLB.com, with salary figures reported by Joel Sherman of the New York Post via Twitter:

Reddick and the A’s will swap salary figures, but can continue to negotiate. If the sides are unable to reach a deal, an independent arbitration panel will choose either the player’s salary number or the team’s.

Lowrie hit .290/.344/.446 in 154 games and 662 plate appearances in his first full season as a starting shortstop. Lowrie smacked 45 doubles and 15 homers and finished with 80 runs and 75 RBI after being acquired with Fernando Rodriguez from the Houston Astros for Chris Carter, Brad Peacock and Max Stassi last February.

Gregerson was acquired from the San Diego Padres last month for outfielder Seth Smith. Last year with the Padres, Gregerson was 6-8 with a 2.71 ERA and 1.010 WHIP in 66.1 innings over 73 appearances, with 64 strikeouts. Gregerson also recorded four saves, but mostly worked as a setup reliever for closer Huston Street.

Moss had a career-high 505 plate appearances in 145 games last season, playing mostly first base but also starting 25 games in the outfield. He hit .256/.337/.522 with 23 doubles and 30 homers, notching 73 runs and 87 RBI with 140 strikeouts. He was fourth in the American League with a ratio of one home run every 14.9 at-bats.

Gentry was acquired along with Josh Lindblom from the Rangers last month in exchange for Michael Choice and minor-leaguer Chris Bostick. Gentry started 49 games in center field and 20 more in left field for Texas last season, hitting .280/.373/.386 in 287 plate appearances with 12 doubles, four triples and two homers, scoring 39 runs and driving in 22. He stole 24 bases in 27 attempts and struck out 46 times.

Reddick earned $510,000 last season and this is his first year of arbitration eligibility. After a breakout year in 2012 that included a Gold Glove in right field and 32 home runs, a wrist injury hampered Reddick in 2013, when he hit .226/.307/.379 in 441 plate appearances, with 19 doubles and 12 home runs. He scored 54 runs and drove in 56, with 86 strikeouts.