A's, Doolittle Agree to Five-Year Deal

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Reliever Sean Doolittle has received a five-year contract from the Oakland Athletics, a deal that contains a pair of club options that could extend the agreement through the 2020 season.

Oakland announced the contract Friday ahead of a home weekend series against the Houston Astros.

The 27-year-old left-hander has been a reliable member of Oakland's talented bullpen since converting from first base late in the 2011 season.

He is 7-6 with a 3.10 ERA and four saves in 122 relief appearances, allowing 100 hits with 129 strikeouts in 125 innings. He is 0-0 with a 3.12 ERA and one save in eight appearances over 8 2-3 innings so far this year, his third big league season.

His previous deal was a one-year contract paying $505,000 in the major leagues this season and $295,500 in the minors.

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