A's reach deal with Alonso, tender arb eligibles

A's reach deal with Alonso, tender arb eligibles

OAKLAND -- The A's reached a one-year agreement with first baseman Yonder Alonso on Friday, while also tendering contracts to each of their other arbitration-eligible players: right-handers Sonny Gray and Liam Hendriks, outfielder Khris Davis and catcher Stephen Vogt.

Alonso's offensive production was subpar in his first year with Oakland, but the club greatly values his defense; it was of particular significance to shortstop Marcus Semien. At the plate, the left-handed Alonso hit .253 with seven home runs and 56 RBIs, and he was at his best with men on base, batting .302 in such situations.

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Alonso, who will be entering his age-30 season, compiled a .9967 fielding percentage, which was the second-best mark by a first baseman in Oakland history to Mark McGwire's .9969 in 1991.

The A's also announced that corner infielder Rangel Ravelo was outrighted to Triple-A Nashville. He will join the big league club in camp as a non-roster invitee.

Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.