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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Friday, January 29, 2010

MLB: Athletics agree to $5.25M, 2-year deal with Wuertz

Associated Press

OAKLAND, Calif. Right-hander Michael Wuertz has agreed to a $5.25 million, two-year contract with the Oakland Athletics that avoided salary arbitration.

Wuertz was the last of the three Oakland players who filed for arbitration to settle. The contract includes a club option for 2012.

He was one of the top setup men in the league in his first season in Oakland last year, going 6-1 with four saves and a 2.63 ERA in a team-leading 74 appearances. He led AL relievers with 102 strikeouts in 78 2-3 innings.

Wuertz had asked for $2.9 million in arbitration after making $1.1 million last year and the A's had offered $1.9 million.