The A's announced on Tuesday that they had come to terms on one-year contracts with three players who played important roles on the A's 2006 AL West championship squad. Milton Bradley, Marco Scutaro and Kiko Calero all earned significant raises after their 2006 contributions.
Bradley inked a one-year contract with the A's worth $4 million. He can earn an additional $400,000 in incentives. Bradley earned $3.05 million last season, when he hit .276 with 14 homers in 86 games. He missed significant time with knee, hamstring and shoulder injuries. Bradley was a star for the A's in the playoffs, especially in the ALCS, when he hit .500 with two homers.
Scutaro, after years of disappointment and frustration in the minor leagues, can finally call himself a millionaire. The A's valuable back-up infielder signed a one-year, $1.55 million contract. He is coming off of his best season as a major leaguer, having hit .266 with an OPS of 747. Scutaro was a sparkplug for the A's during the ALDS against Minnesota. He made $340,000 last season.
Calero also earned a nice raise after playing an important role as one of the A's top late inning relievers. The right-hander appeared in 70 games for the A's in his second season with the club. He had a 3.41 ERA in 58 innings and a 1.28 WHIP. He struck out 67 in those 58 innings. Calero will make $1.6 million, nearly double of what he made last season.