A's, Street avoid arbitration with deal

OAKLAND -- Earlier this week, A's assistant general manager David Forst cautioned observers from reading too much into the team's acquisition of Atlanta's Joey Devine, a possible closer in the future. Forst reissued that warning Thursday when the A's agreed to terms on a one-year, $3.3 million contract for incumbent closer Huston Street.

"The contract really has nothing to do with any of that," Forst said when asked what the agreement might do for speculation regarding Street's future with the team. "The bottom line is that he is under our control for three years, and whether we sign him to a one-year or multiyear contract, it has no bearing on his status."

For the time being, Street's status is status quo. The contract ensures the A's won't have to take Street to arbitration and keeps him penciled in as the team's closer for the coming season. As the A's have shown already this winter, though, that could change at any point.

A right elbow injury last season limited him to a career-worst 16 saves, but Street received rave reviews when he was evaluated by the team's medical staff last month in Arizona.

"He's had no elbow issues this offseason," Forst said. "He's in great shape. The guys were very happy with how he looked."

Street's signing leaves starting pitchers Joe Blanton and Chad Gaudin as the team's only arbitration-eligible players not under contract. Forst said numbers for each of the sides will be filed to the league office today, after which a date for a hearing will be determined. Forst said the team would like to reach a settlement with both players before then.


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