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Anderson, A's agree to new deal

Updated: April 16, 2010, 9:32 PM ET
Associated Press

OAKLAND, Calif. -- So much for the small market mentality of the Oakland Athletics.

Three months after signing veteran pitcher Ben Sheets to a $10 million, one-year deal, the A's agreed to a $12.5 million, four-year contract with left-hander Brett Anderson on Friday that could be worth as much as $31 million over six seasons.

"If you're going to get to the next level as a team, you have to lock down your core group of players," A's general manager Billy Beane said. "There's no question ...

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