A's reach two-year contracts with Aledmys Diaz, Jace Peterson

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Wednesday, December 14, 2022

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Aledmys Diaz and Jace Peterson, who both can play the infield and outfield, reached agreements with the Oakland Athletics on two-year contracts through the 2024 season.

Peterson gets a $9.5 million deal that pays $4.5 million next season and $5 million in 2024. Diaz has a $14.5 million agreement that includes salaries of $6.5 million next year and $8 million in 2024, and he can earn $500,000 annually in performance bonuses for plate appearances.

The A's announced the deals Tuesday, one day after trading catcher Sean Murphy to the Braves in a three-team swap. Oakland acquired catcher Manny Piña and pitching prospects Kyle Muller, Freddy Tarnok and Royber Salinas from Atlanta and outfield prospect Esteury Ruiz from Milwaukee.

Also Tuesday, the A's designated infielders Ernie Clement and Yonny Hernandez for assignment.

Díaz started games at six different positions for Houston this year -- 22 in left field, 18 at second base, 16 at shortstop, eight at third base, seven at designated hitter and five at first base. He batted .243 with 12 home runs and 38 RBIs and a .691 OPS in 92 games for the World Series champion Astros.

The left-handed-hitting Peterson hit .236 with a career-best eight homers and 34 RBIs playing in 113 games for the Brewers in 2022. Like Díaz, he is versatile: He started 67 games at third, nine in right field, three at first, three at second, two in left and even pitched once.

Oakland finished 60-102 in manager Mark Kotsay's first season and missed the playoffs for a second straight year following three consecutive berths and an AL West title during the coronavirus-shortened 2020 campaign.