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With Yabu On Board, More Changes In Store for A's?

Keiichi Yabu will be suiting up in Oakland in '05.

The Oakland A's completed an anticipated transaction on Wednesday, when they announced the signing of Japanese right-handed pitcher Keiichi Yabu. Yabu will be introduced officially in a press conference on Thursday. Yabu's acquisition may not be the only change on the A's horizon, however. Current owner Steve Schott has announced that team Vice President Lewis Wolff will have the option of purchasing 100% of the team from the Schott and Ken Hoffman partnership.

Although a deal with Yabu had been rumored as far back as last Thursday, the signing of the Japanese pitcher was not official until he passed a physical exam on Wednesday morning. Yabu will receive a 2005 base salary of $750,000, plus a $1.5 million option for 2006 with a $250,000 buyout of the option. Yabu will also be eligible for roughly $300,000 in performance bonuses in 2005. The team will be...

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