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A’s non-tender 2018 All-Star closer, tender contracts to seven others

Who is the real Blake Treinen? The un-hittable All-Star closer with a .78 ERA and deadly 100 mph sinker? Or the oft-injured reliever who lost his command and slid into a 4.91 ERA?

The Oakland A’s didn’t care to spend $8 million to find out. They non-tendered Treinen, along with catcher Josh Phegley and left-handed reliever Ryan Buchter.

The A’s tendered contracts to right-handed pitcher Chris Bassitt, outfielder and first baseman Mark Canha, outfielder Robbie Grossman, right-handed reliever-turned-closer Liam Hendriks, left-handed starter Sean Manaea, infielder/outfielder Chad Pinder and shortstop Marcus Semien. The A’s also agreed to a one-year contract with left-handed reliever T.