Sources: A's star Marcus Semien gets $13M, Sean Manea $3.75M

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Saturday, January 11, 2020

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Following a career year, Oakland Athletics shortstop Marcus Semien was rewarded Friday with a $13 million, one-year contract that avoids arbitration and gives him a raise of $7.1 million, sources told ESPN's Jeff Passan.

Semien played all 162 games for the first time in 2019 to help the A's win 97 games for a second straight season and the AL's top wild card. He finished third in MVP voting after putting up several personal bests: 33 homers and 92 RBI while hitting .285.

Semien earned $5.9 million last year.

All seven of Oakland's arbitration-eligible players reached one-year agreements, including starting pitcher Sean Manaea and closer Liam Hendriks. Manaea got $3.75 million and Hendriks $5.3 million.

Manaea started Oakland's wild-card loss to Tampa Bay last year, his first career playoff start at age 27. It came after he missed nearly a year following shoulder surgery.

The left-hander earned $3.15 million last season, coming back from the long rehab to go 4-0 with a 1.21 ERA in five September starts.

Hendriks became a key piece for A's manager Bob Melvin late in games last season. The right-hander, who earned $2.15 million in 2019, is the former opener who became a reliable closer. He went 4-4 with a 1.80 ERA and 25 saves over a career-high 75 appearances spanning 85 innings. He turns 31 on Feb. 10.

Outfielder and first baseman Mark Canha receives $4.8 million. In a career-best 126 games -- the 30-year-old Canha played at least 10 games at each outfield spot as well as first base and designated hitter -- Canha posted career highs with 26 home runs and a .273 batting average to go with 58 RBI. He earned $2.05 million last year.

Right-hander Chris Bassitt got a $2.25 million salary for 2020. He was a bright spot in Oakland's rotation, going 10-5 with a 3.81 ERA over 25 starts and 28 overall outings spanning a career-best 144 innings. Bassitt made $565,000 in 2019.

Chad Pinder did everything but pitch and catch for the A's while earning $565,000 in 2019 and now receives a boost to $2,025,000. He played all three outfield spots, every position in the infield and DH over 124 games. He hit .240 with 13 homers and 47 RBI.

Outfielder Robbie Grossman, who receives a raise to $3,725,000 from $2 million last season, played 90 of his 138 games in left field and batted .240 with six homers and 38 RBI.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.