Sean Manaea

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.

Brett Anderson wants to return to A's in 2020 if spot is available

Brett Anderson wants to return to A's in 2020 if spot is available

Brett Anderson was sitting in front of his locker next to Mark Canha, who was surrounded by the media scrum after Wednesday night's devastating AL Wild Card loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.

The A's starter took to Twitter following the game to give thanks to the team he called the "most fun" he's had with a group throughout the entirety of his career. And after 11 years in the league, that's a hell of a compliment.

The early conclusion to the season brought about questions as to whether or not the lefty veteran would re-sign with the A's. The San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser reported Anderson wants to return to the Green and Gold in 2020, but with the future of the pitching staff looking bright, he's unsure how that would come to fruition:

The 31-year-old finished the 2019 season with a 3.89 ERA and 90 strikeouts in 176 innings pitched. 

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With Jesús Luzardo, Sean Manaea and A.J. Puk making their way into the rotation, the A's future on the mound is brimming with talent. But for now, Anderson is happy with what he contributed to Oakland in 2019, and we're pretty confident the team is as well.

Mike Fiers doesn't second guess A's decision to start Sean Manaea

Mike Fiers doesn't second guess A's decision to start Sean Manaea

For the second year in a row, the A's are going home after just one playoff game. For the second year in a row, manager Bob Melvin elected not to give the ball to Mike Fiers to get his team through the AL Wild Card Game.

Last season, Melvin opted for the opened strategy, giving the ball to Liam Hendriks at Yankee Stadium. On Wednesday, Melvin chose to give left-hander Sean Manaea the start against the Tampa Bay Rays. Manaea pitched well in September, but was hit hard with everything on the line, giving up four runs on four hits across two-plus innings of work as the Rays claimed a 5-1 victory at the Coliseum to advance to the American League Division Series.

As is custom when decisions backfire, the Twitter managers immediately questioned Melvin's decision not to start Fiers as soon as Yandy Diaz led off the game with a solo home run off Manaea. 

Fiers, however, didn't second guess Melvin's choice to not give him the ball with the season at stake.

“You could always look back and say, ‘You should have done this or you should have done that,’ but Manaea has pitched very well for us, and everyone was behind him and excited he was pitching," Fiers said after the game, via Susan Slusser of The San Francisco Chronicle.

Results aside, Melvin made the right call in starting Manaea.

Manaea posted a 1.21 ERA and 0.77 WHIP in September. He was the clear choice and few questioned the move before Diaz hammered the fifth pitch of the night into the Coliseum stands.

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To think Fiers, a fly-ball pitcher in his own right, would have been immune to giving up the three round-trippers as Manaea did Wednesday is a fool's errand, something only taken up by those looking for a reason for another early October exit from the Green and Gold. 

Manaea fell flat in the big moment, but the A's offense mustered just one run on eight hits. Oakland's failure in another elimination game falls just as much on Matt Chapman, Marcus Semien and Co. as it does Manaea and Melvin's decision to give him the start.

The right call was made. Sometimes it just doesn't go your way.