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Athletics agree to one year deals with CP Johnson, C Jaso

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The Canadian Press
1/16/2014 5:11:19 PM
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OAKLAND, Calif. -- New closer Jim Johnson agreed to a $10 million, one-year contract with the Oakland Athletics on Thursday.

Catcher John Jaso also reached agreement on a $2.3 million, one-year deal.

The A's acquired Johnson, the 2013 AL saves leader, last month in a trade with Baltimore. He converted 50 of 59 save opportunities in 2013, going 3-8 with a 2.94 ERA. He was tied with Atlanta's Craig Kimbrel for the major leagues saves lead.

Jaso gets a $500,000 raise under the deal announced Thursday. In addition, Jaso can earn $25,000 bonuses for 90 games started at catcher 450 plate appearances.

His first season with the two-time defending AL West champion A's was cut short after he sustained a concussion when he took a foul tip off his mask July 24 at Houston and complained of a headache. Initially, Jaso was placed on the seven-day concussion list the following day, then transferred to the 15-day disabled list on Aug. 8.

Jaso batted .271 with three homers and 21 RBIs in 70 games.

He was among seven Oakland players who filed for arbitration.

John Jaso  (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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