The A's are continuing to lock up their top young players to long-term deals.
On Monday, it was All-Star pitcher Trevor Cahill, who signed a five-year contract extension worth a guaranteed $30.5 million. The deal includes team options of $13 million in 2016 and $13.5 million in 2017. The first buyout is $300,000 and the second $500,000.
Cahill's deal comes almost one year after left-hander Brett Anderson, also 23, signed a four-year deal worth $12.5 million. Anderson also has two team option years. Cahill was a year closer to arbitration, however, and he won 18 games last season, plus, since Anderson's deal, Toronto had signed starter Ricky Romero, who has similar service time, to a deal worth more than $30 million.
Catcher Kurt Suzuki is also signed long term, through 2013 with an option for 2014. He told the San Francisco Chronicle on Monday that he feels like Ramon Hernandez, who was fortunate to be the catcher during the Big Three era in Oakland.
Next on the A's list for possible long-term deals: first baseman Daric Barton, who will be arbitration-eligible after this season. Talks already have begun, the Chronicle reported during the spring.
Left-hander Gio Gonzalez could give the A's a new Big Three in terms of long-term deals. He's likely the next young starter to be signed. He will not be arbitration-eligible until after next season.
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