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A’s sign Chad Pinder, avoid arbitration

The Oakland A’s agreed to a one-year contract with super-sub Chad Pinder on Tuesday, the team announced. Pinder, who was eligible for salary arbitration this winter and now avoids that process, will receive $2.275 million in 2021, reports Susan Slusser of the S.F. Chronicle.

We’ll begin with a look at Pinder, followed by details about how the arbitration system works and what this news means.

Chad Pinder

Pinder isn’t a star producer on the level of the A’s biggest names, but he’s firmly a part of this contending core. He’s a homegrown hitter who’s been in the majors since 2016, and although he’s not an everyday starter he’s considered a clubhouse leader.