The Oakland Athletics had a decision to make regarding Dallas Braden. Braden was eligible for arbitration this offseason, and it figured that if he didn't get a new deal, he would file for it to try and get a better deal for himself. The process would have taken longer for both sides, and it could've been trouble for all involved.
The A's weren't about to let that issue linger, so they got Braden locked up quick. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Braden is in good shape when he's healthy; he had a one year, $3.35 million deal last season, although it's fair to say he probably didn't play as well he would've liked because of his injuries. However, he's quickly being considered as a veteran on this unit, maximizing his importance to this young team and young pitching staff. Although he probably isn't the best pitcher available, the deal is reasonable and proportional to Braden's overall worth.
With Braden expected to be back at some point early next season (maybe early!), this all seems fairly rationl.
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