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A's Lock Up Haren Through His Arbitration Years

Dan Haren and the A's agreed to a four-year contract that will keep the right-hander locked up through his salary arbitration years.

Haren, acquired in the offseason from St. Louis in a trade for left-hander Mark Mulder, will be under contract through the 2009 season with a club option for 2010.

Haren is 13-12 with a 3.81 ERA in 33 starts with the A's this year, ranking eighth in the American League with 210 innings coming into Monday night. After starting the season 1-7, Haren has gone 12-5 with a 3.40 ERA in his last 23 starts, including a nine-game winning streak earlier in the year. The A's won 14 straight starts he made from May 31 to Aug. 7, tying Chuck Dobson's club record set in 1971.

Haren, who pitched parts of two seasons with St. Louis, has a career record of 19-22 with a 4.19 ERA.

General manager Billy Beane likes to lock up his young pitchers early in their careers with long-term deals to avoid salary arbitration, also doing it with Mulder, Barry Zito, Rich Harden and Tim Hudson.


Harden Could Pitch Out Of The Bullpen

Right-hander Rich Harden could be available to pitch for the Oakland Athletics out of the bullpen as soon as Sunday after being sidelined more than a month with a strained muscle below his throwing shoulder.

"He may be available tomorrow, depending how he feels," pitching coach Curt Young said Saturday after the A's rallied to beat the Texas Rangers 7-6. "That would be good, very encouraging."

Harden threw a 31-pitch simulated game Friday, then played light catch in the outfield Saturday. He reported normal soreness in his shoulder, but didn't experience the same pain in the spot of the injury.

"It feels like I went out and threw yesterday," said Harden, out since Aug. 19 with the injury. "It's sore around all those muscles around the area, but not in that spot. That's a good sign. It shows I'm getting stronger."

Via AP

Rickey Henderson May Retire As An Athletic

General manager Billy Beane might let Rickey Henderson retire as an Athletic, the team he broke into the majors with in 1979, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

"Certainly I'd consider that,'' Beane told The Chronicle. "Rickey up to this point has never given anyone any indication that he's ready to retire, but if he was, depending on the circumstances, that could be possible.

"That's speaking as a GM and a former teammate, and someone who thinks Rickey is the greatest leadoff hitter of all time and probably the greatest Oakland A's player of all time.''

Henderson was at the Coliseum for the game Wednesday, but his agent, Jeff Borris said he hadn't talked to Beane recently about the retirement scenario.

"If Billy is willing to offer it and Rickey is ready to retire, I'd be happy to negotiate a one-day contract,'' Borris told the Chronicle. "But I don't know what Rickey's sentiments are on the topic. The last time I talked to Rickey, he said he'd like to be the leadoff hitter and starting outfielder for some team in the major leagues. I don't know if he's had a change of heart.''

Via SF Chronicle

Crosby Comes Off DL

Bobby Crosby hopes his second comeback of the season is as successful as his first.

The Oakland Athletics activated the reigning AL rookie of the year from the 15-day disabled list Monday and rewrote the lineup with him at shortstop and batting seventh for the opener of a three-game series against the Minnesota Twins.

Crosby, recovering from a fractured left ankle that forced him into a second stint on the DL this year, fielded groundballs, ran the bases and took batting practice in the cage before the A's decided he was ready to go -- or as ready as he's going to be for the stretch run.

"My feeling is why not get him back in there, kind of like last time," manager Ken Macha said. "The sooner we get him back on the field and get him some at-bats, the sooner he'll get going."


Crosby Could Return To Action Tuesday Or Wednesday

Shortstop Bobby Crosby took some grounders in Fenway Park Saturday, taking another step toward returning to the A's lineup. Crosby later took part in agility drills with strength and conditioning coach Clarence Cockrell.

"He did very well," trainer Larry Davis told the Contra Costa Times. "It was a limited workout, but there was no soreness and pain."

It appears Crosby could return to the lineup possibly Tuesday or Wednesday.


Athletics Sep 2005 Archive

  • Harden Could Be Done For 2005

    Rich Harden hasn't pitched since Aug. 19 and isn't sure if he'll be on the mound again this season.

  • Harden's Return Delayed

    Rich Harden's next start has been delayed. The A's planned to pitch him against the Red Sox on Friday, but changed their mind Sunday, the Contra Costa Times reported.

  • A's Look To Avoid Arbitration On Dan Haren

    Following the same pattern they've used with their other top young players, the A's are working with starting pitcher Dan Haren, 24, on a contract extension that is likely to be similar to the four-year, $9 million deal that Harden signed in April.

  • Harden Could Return In A Week

    Depending on how the next seven days go, Rich Harden could make his next start a week from Monday.

  • Czech Republic To Replace Greece In World Cup

    Greece pulled out of the baseball World Cup for financial reasons Thursday and will be replaced by the Czech Republic.