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A's wrap up touted lefty potentially through '15

OAKLAND, Calif. — So much for the small-market mentality of the A's.

Three months after signing veteran RHP Ben Sheets to a $10 million, one-year deal, LHP Brett Anderson and the A's agreed to a $12.5 million, four-year contract that buys out his arbitration years, keeps him under their control through 2015 and could be worth $31 million over six seasons.

"If you're going to get to the next level as a team, you have to lock down your core group of players," A's general manager Billy Beane said. "There's no question that (Anderson has) a chance to be one of the elite pitchers in the league. He was certainly only going to become more expensive."

Anderson, 22, receives a $1 million signing bonus, $500,000 this year, $1 million in 2011, $3 million in 2012 and $5.5 million in 2013. Oakland has an option for $8 million in 2014 and $12 million in 2015. If either option is declined, he gets a $1.5 million buyout.

"I'm just happy that they have the confidence in me to extend an offer," Anderson said. "Once we started talking, I expected that if there was going to be a deal done that we'd get it done as close to the beginning of the season as possible so I wouldn't have to deal with it during the season."

A 2008 U.S. Olympian, Anderson went 11-11 with a 4.06 ERA as a rookie last year. He threw 1751/3 innings and struck out 150 with just 45 walks. He is 1-0 in two starts this season.

Manny hurtS CALF: Dodgers LF Manny Ramirez left Friday's home game after three because of tightness in his right calf. Ramirez, hitting .355 with a homer and eight RBIs, batted twice, grounding out both times. He needs one home run to tie Mike Schmidt for 14th all time at 548.

Astros: 1B Lance Berkman, on the DL after arthroscopic knee surgery March 13, is expected to make his first rehab appearance today for Triple-A Round Rock. The team hopes he can return to its lineup Tuesday.

Cardinals: LF Matt Holliday did not start because of an undisclosed illness and is day to day.

Cubs: The team said LHP Ted Lilly, coming off offseason shoulder surgery, will make a rehab start Monday for Class A Peoria then return to the rotation.

Mariners: LHP Cliff Lee said he felt great after throwing 51 pitches in a simulated game, keeping the ace on track to make his season debut in about two weeks. "No pain. No pain at all. I feel perfectly normal," Lee said. Lee, who strained his abdomen March 15 after being acquired from the Phillies during the offseason, is scheduled for another simulated game Tuesday then make a minor-league rehab outing, likely on April 25.

Nationals: 3B Ryan Zimmerman did not start for the fifth consecutive game because of a strained left hamstring. But he pinch-hit in the eighth and hit into a double play.

Phillies: RHP Joe Blanton, out with an oblique injury, is scheduled to make his first minor-league rehab start Tuesday.

Pirates: 3B Andy LaRoche left in the second with back spasms. His status hadn't been determined. Also, RHP Ross Ohlendorf was scratched from today's start because of lower back spasms. He will be replaced by LHP Brian Burres or RHP Daniel McCutchen.

Royals: 2B Chris Getz was a late scratch with tightness in his right oblique. He's day to day.

Twins: 3B Nick Punto sat with a sore groin and is day to day.

Yankees: RHP Chan Ho Park went on the DL with a strained right hamstring. Park, 36, 1-1 with a 4.76 ERA in three relief appearances, is expected to be okay in a few days, but the team decided to be cautious. LHP Boone Logan, part of the offseason deal with the Braves that included Javier Vazquez, was called up.

A's wrap up touted lefty potentially through '15 04/16/10 [Last modified: Saturday, April 17, 2010 12:13am]
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