A's Sign Two; Non-Tender Two

The Oakland A's signed Ike Davis and Fernando Rodriguez to one-year deals, avoiding arbitration. They also elected to tender contracts to all arbitration-eligible players on their 40-man roster. Non-roster players Kyle Blanks and Andrew Brown were non-tendered.

Tuesday evening was the deadline for MLB teams to tender contracts to their arbitration-eligible players. With more than a fourth of the Oakland A's roster eligible for arbitration, the A's had plenty of decisions to make. As it turned out, Oakland elected to keep all of their arbitration-eligible players on their 40-man roster, at least for now. Kyle Blanks and Andrew Brown -- both designated for assignment off of the A's roster last week -- were not tendered contracts. They are now free agents.

The A's announced that they had come to terms with two of their arbitration-eligible players: first-baseman Ike Davis and reliever Fernando Rodriguez. Chris Cotillo reported that Davis and the A's agreed to terms at $3.8 million for the 2015 season. The A's have 12 players who are still eligible for arbitration if the A's don't agree to terms before a hearing: Brandon Moss, Jeff Samardzija, John Jaso, Josh Reddick, Craig Gentry, Brett Lawrie, Eric Sogard, Sam Fuld, Jarrod Parker, Jesse Chavez, Fernando Abad and Ryan Cook.

Minor League Signings

The A's have signed two minor league free agents and invited them to big league spring training: Matt Buschmann and Niuman Romero.

Buschmann returns to the A's for a second year after signing a minor league deal with Oakland last off-season, as well. Buschmann spent most of his 2014 season pitching in Triple-A for the A's. He had a 4.52 ERA and a 123:49 K:BB in 133.1 innings at that level. Buschmann also made two starts in High-A and allowed three runs in 10 innings. Originally a member of the San Diego Padres' farm system, Buschmann spent the 2012 and 2013 seasons in the Tampa Bay Rays' organization. He has a career 4.09 ERA in 1,192 minor league innings. Buschmann has yet to make his major-league debut. He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and is likely to pitch in Nashville for the A's this season.

Romero, an infielder, joins the A's from the Baltimore Orioles organization. The native of Venezuela spent the 2014 season in Double-A and he hit .320/.417/.417 for Bowie in 130 games. Romero has appeared in 12 major league games and has two hits in 12 at-bats. He was signed by the Cleveland Indians in 2002 as an undrafted free agent and reached the big leagues with Cleveland in 2009. He also had a brief appearance with Boston in 2010. He has spent time in the Cleveland, Boston, Toronto, Philadelphia, New York (NL), Baltimore and Colorado organizations. Romero is a career .268/.351/.350 hitter in the minor leagues. He can play every position in the infield except catcher.


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