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Piazza joins A's, who also add Embree

Updated: December 8, 2006, 9:37 PM ET
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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Mike Piazza will put on his catcher's gear on occasion to help out as Oakland's No. 3 backstop -- but only on occasion.

He's got a new gig now.

Piazza finalized his $8.5 million, one-year contract Friday and became the Athletics' new designated hitter.

"Oh, that's what the deal was?" Piazza joked. "Swinging the bat, I'll do what I do: be a complete hitter and be a veteran in the lineup. ... Old habits die hard. I think it will be healthy ...

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