OAKLAND -- The A's agreed to one-year deals for the 2015 season with first baseman Ike Davis and right-hander Fernando Rodriguez, agreeing to terms with the two players to avoid arbitration.
The club also tendered contracts to its remaining 12 arbitration-eligible players but non-tendered first baseman Kyle Blanks and outfielder Andrew Brown, both of whom were designated for assignment last week.
Tendering a contract to Davis was never a guarantee, as the A's essentially got him for nothing from Pittsburgh -- the clubs exchanged international bonus slots in the deal -- and have plenty of first-base depth without him. The decision to keep him on board, and agree to terms with him, seemingly fuels ongoing rumors that first baseman Brandon Moss could be had in a trade.
Moss is among the arbitration-eligible group and is projected to earn $7.1 million in 2015 after totaling at least 25 home runs for a second straight season. That is cost the A's could opt to cut, while still having Davis, Billy Butler, Stephen Vogt and Nate Freiman as first-base options.
Rodriguez, out of options, also was a non-tender possibility, so his signing reflects the A's plans to have him in their bullpen next season. He appeared in just seven games over two stints with the club this past season after missing the 2013 season following Tommy John surgery. But he went 3-0 with a 1.97 in 38 relief appearances with Triple-A Sacramento in 2014.