Liam Hendriks

A's sign MVP finalist Marcus Semien, six others to avoid arbitration

A's sign MVP finalist Marcus Semien, six others to avoid arbitration

After entering the winter with seven arbitration-eligible players, the A’s have reached agreements with all parties, including AL MVP finalist Marcus Semien, the team announced Friday.

Semien will get $13 million in a one-year deal, MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand first reported. The shortstop earned $5.9 million in 2019 and is set to enter free agency after the 2020 season.

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The San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser first reported the figures for the other six players.

The others coming to agreements include All-Star closer Liam Hendriks ($5.3 million), outfielder Mark Canha ($4.8 million), lefty pitcher Sean Manaea ($3.75 million), outfielder Robbie Grossman ($3.725 million), pitcher Chris Bassitt ($2.25 million), and outfielder Chad Pinder ($2.025 million).

Oakland will be back on the field soon, as pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to spring training in Mesa on Feb. 12.

A's Marcus Semien, Liam Hendriks on MLB's 2019 breakout players list

A's Marcus Semien, Liam Hendriks on MLB's 2019 breakout players list

The 2019 season gave us a little bit of everything. The A's season gave us a little bit more. 

Beyond the top bat flip of the season from the talents of Mark Canha, two of his teammates earned respect by landing on the top breakout players list.

In no surprise, Marcus Semien landed on the MLB.com list, and at the No. 3 spot -- the exact place he landed during AL MVP voting.

"Semien did it all for the A's in 2019, becoming one of baseball's biggest surprise performers," wrote Manny Randhawa.

He led the league with 747 plate appearances and started in all 162 games at shortstop.

As his defensive game drastically improved, Semien also more than doubled his home run numbers from the previous season with 33 long balls while slashing .285/.369/.522 with 187 hits and 92 RBI.

He should have been an All-Star selection, but ultimately landed on MLB's inaugural All-MLB Second Team.

Reliever Liam Hendriks was also given All-MLB Second Team honors and landed on the breakout players list, joining Semien.

"A big part of the club's success was Hendriks," Randhawa wrote.

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Hendriks took over the closer role and did exceptionally, well finishing the season with a 1.80 ERA and a 0.965 WHIP with 124 strikeouts in 85 innings.

He earned just one of the two All-Star selections for the A's last season joining Matt Chapman in Cleveland for the game.

A's Marcus Semien, Liam Hendriks make inaugural All-MLB second team

A's Marcus Semien, Liam Hendriks make inaugural All-MLB second team

The A's were well-represented on the inaugural All-MLB Team. 

Shortstop Marcus Semien and closer Liam Hendriks made the second team, MLB announced Tuesday at the Winter Meetings. 

Semien and Hendriks broke out in big ways in 2019, earning their spots in the best seasons of their respective careers.

The shortstop played all 162 games, slashing a career-best .285/.369/.522 to go with 33 home runs and 92 RBI. Semien finished third in AL MVP voting behind Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman and Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout, the 2019 MVP. 

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Hendriks, meanwhile, emerged as a steadying force in the A's bullpen amid Blake Treinen's struggles. The Australian posted a 1.80 ERA and 0.97 WHIP, both of which were career bests. He also recorded 25 saves and made his first career All-Star Game. 

The All-MLB Team was selected by fan voting (50 percent) and a panel of experts (50 percent).