Young Oakland Ace Brett Anderson Rewarded With Four-Year Contract

22 year old southpaw Brett Anderson, easily the most impressive of Oakland's countless young starters a year ago, has come into some money, as Yahoo!'s Jeff Passan announces that Anderson and the A's have agreed on a long-term contract.

Oakland A's just announced four-year contract with LHP Brett Anderson that includes club options for 2014 and 2015.

Anderson, who was a rookie in 2009, was already under team control through 2014. This contract, apparently retroactive to include 2010, provides cost certainty for both the player and the club, and the options include what was to be Anderson's first year of free agency.

It's safe to say that the A's are big fans of Anderson, and for good reason - the fireballing lefty has proven both durable and successful, able to generate groundballs, miss bats, and avoid the free pass. He's already one of the better starting pitchers in the league, and any further development could launch him into the upper tier. Locking him up now, then, allows the A's to save some money over what they'd likely pay Anderson if they went year-to-year. And for Anderson, the contract provides guaranteed big money. Long-term contracts for young players are always compromises, and though the financial details here aren't yet known, this one is no different.

It's a good day to be a fan of the first place Oakland Athletics. Read more at Athletics Nation.

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