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Oakland Athletics agree to 1-year contracts with Kemp, Blackburn and Laureano

Jan 13, 2023, 3:32 PM
Ramon Laureano #22 of the Oakland Athletics leaping at the wall just misses the this ball that goes...
OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 11: Ramon Laureano #22 of the Oakland Athletics leaping at the wall just misses the this ball that goes for a single off the bat of Eloy Jimenez #74 of the Chicago White Sox in the top of the fourth inning at RingCentral Coliseum on September 11, 2022 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
(Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Paul Blackburn, Tony Kemp, and Ramón Laureano have agreed to one-year deals to return to the Oakland Athletics in 2023.

The team said in its press release announcing the moves that the A’s “have now signed or agreed to terms with all arbitration-eligible players on the 40-man roster.”

Blackburn was named to his first All-Star game this past season, starting the season 6-2 with a 2.26 ERA. The  29-year-old right-handed pitcher finished the year with a 7-6 record in 21 starts.

Kemp had the opposite happen. The dual-position player started the year slow, before turning things around and ending the year with .235 batting average. The 31-year-old left-handed hitter had career highs in “runs (61), hits (117), doubles (24), RBI (46), hit by pitches (8), stolen bases (11), extra base hits (33), games and at bats (497).”

Laureano’s seasons was shortened due to multiple trips to the injured list. Playing only 94 games, the centerfielder hit a career-low .211 batting average.

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