OAKLAND -- The A's are down to their final four remaining arbitration eligible players. Oakland has inked right-handed reliever Chris Resop to a one-year deal to avoid arbitration.
Now, Brandon Moss, Seth Smith, George Kottaras, and Jerry Blevins are the only players on the team that haven't signed a contract for the 2013 season. Each of the four players are under team control but will get a pay bump.
Oakland added Resop in a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for minor leaguer Zach Thornton. Resop, 30, has seven years of big league experience. He has a career 4.51 ERA in 225 1/3 innings. Last season he appeared in 61 games for the Pirates with a 3.91 ERA, 46 strikeouts and 24 walks in a career-high 73 2/3 innings.
Resop has a low 90s fastball, a curveball, and mixes in a cutter and a change-up.