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A's avoid arbitration, re-sign closer Street

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Huston Street and the Oakland Athletics
agreed to a $3.3 million, one-year contract Thursday, avoiding
arbitration.

The 2005 AL Rookie of the Year was limited to 48 outings last
season because of an irritated nerve in his right elbow that landed
the closer on the disabled list for two months.

Street's name came up in trade talks this offseason, and Oakland
general manager Billy Beane said he always has to listen to offers
from other teams -- but the A's wound up dealing ace Dan Haren and
outfielders Nick Swisher and Mark Kotsay.

Joe Blanton -- another player whose name emerged for possible
swaps -- and Chad Gaudin, both in the rotation last season, are the
other two Oakland players who filed for arbitration.

The 24-year-old Street went 5-2 with a 2.88 ERA and 16 saves in
2007. His 48 appearances were his fewest in three major league
seasons. He begins this year with 76 career saves, fourth in
Oakland history and the fifth-most in major league history by the
age of 24.

Street and the rest of the A's pitchers and catchers are due to
report to spring training in Phoenix on Feb. 13.