The Oakland A’s avoided arbitration with right-handed pitchers Sonny Gray and Liam Hendriks and catcher Stephen Vogt when they agreed to terms on one-year contracts for the 2017 season, the club announced today.
Gray went 5-11 with a 5.69 ERA in 22 starts last year in a season shortened by two stints on the disabled list. His ERA was more than 2½ runs higher than his previous career high and his five wins follow back-to-back 14-win seasons. Gray went 33-20 with a 2.88 ERA 76 games over his first three seasons with the A’s and now has a 3.42 ERA in his career, which ranks ninth in Oakland history.
Hendriks compiled a 3.76 ERA and .270 opponents batting average in 53 relief appearances in his first season with the A’s. He had an 8.27 ERA and .394 opponents batting average in 11 games before going on the disabled list in early May with a strained right triceps. Hendriks then logged a 2.23 ERA and .222 opponents batting average in 42 games following his return from the DL.
Vogt played in a career-high 137 games last year and hit .251 with 14 home runs and 56 RBI. He also had career bests with 123 hits, 30 doubles and 46 extra base hits. Vogt was named to his second consecutive American League All-Star team.
The only remaining arbitration eligible player on the A’s roster is Khris Davis.
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