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11/01/2005 6:31 PM ET
A's agree to terms with Jay Witasick on contract
Contract is for two years with a club option for 2008
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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Oakland A's today announced that they have agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Jay Witasick on a two-year contract through 2007 with a club option for 2008.

Witasick was acquired by the A's from Colorado at the All-Star Break along with Joe Kennedy in exchange for Eric Byrnes and minor leaguer Omar Quintanilla. He appeared in 28 games with the A's, all in relief, and was 1-1 with a save, two blown saves and a 3.25 ERA after going 0-4 with a blown save and a 2.52 ERA in 32 relief appearances with the Rockies. The 33-year old right-hander combined to go 1-5 with a 2.84 ERA in 60 games overall. He struck out 73 batters in 63.1 innings, an average of 10.37 per nine innings, and allowed a .223 opponents batting average, which was the lowest of his career.

The A's now have nine players on their 40-man roster who are under contract for the 2006 season. In addition to Witasick, the other eight players and the years they are signed through are: Eric Chavez (2010, club option 2011), Bobby Crosby (2009), Rich Harden (2008, club option 2009), Dan Haren (2009, club option 2010), Jason Kendall (2007), Mark Kotsay (2008), Jay Payton (2006) and Barry Zito (2006).

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