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A's Agree to Terms with Blevins and Moss on One-Year Contracts

OAKLAND, Calif. – The Oakland A’s agreed to terms with left-handed pitcher Jerry Blevins and first baseman Brandon Moss on one-year contracts for the 2013 season, the club announced today.  The A’s have now agreed to terms with all of their arbitration eligible players.

Blevins went 5-1 with a save, a 2.48 ERA and .201 opponents batting average in 63 relief appearances last year.  The ERA and opponents batting average were the lowest marks of his career and he had career-highs in wins, innings pitched (65.1) and strikeouts (54) while matching his best in games pitched.  Blevins held left-handed hitters to a .182 batting average and surrendered a .160 mark with runners on base.  The 2012 season marked his sixth in an Oakland uniform but it was just his second full season.  The 29-year-old left-hander has a 3.35 ERA in 214 career games, all with the A’s.

Moss joined the A’s in June and went on to bat .291 with 21 home runs and 52 RBI in just 84 games.  The home runs tied for third most in American League history by a player with fewer than 90 games and he is one of three players in Athletics history to hit 20 home runs in fewer than 100 games.  Moss added 18 doubles and more than half of his 77 hits were for extra bases.  The 29-year-old left-handed hitter spent parts of five seasons in the majors with Boston (2007-08), Pittsburgh (2008-10) and Philadelphia (2011) before having his breakthrough season with Oakland last year.  He had just 15 home runs and 78 RBI in 249 games entering the 2012 season.

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