OAKLAND -- The A's avoided salary arbitration with newly acquired relief pitcher Chris Resop Thursday, agreeing to a $1.35 million, one-year contract with the right-hander.

Resop, who is expected to fill a role in middle relief, joined the AL West champion A's in a Nov. 30 trade with Pittsburgh that sent minor league right-hander Zach Thornton to the Pirates.

Resop went 1-4 with one save and a 3.91 ERA in 61 relief appearances with Pittsburgh last year.

He worked a career-high 73 2-3 innings, tied for seventh among National League relievers. The 30-year-old Resop allowed a .276 opponents batting average, including .237 against left-handed hitters.

Resop, who earned $850,000 last season, was one of five arbitration-eligible players on Oakland's roster. The remaining four are Jerry Blevins, George Kottaras, Brandon Moss and Seth Smith.



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