The Oakland A’s announced Friday afternoon that they have reached an agreement on a five-year contract extension with left-handed reliever Sean Doolittle, keeping him with the Athletics through 2018.
The contract also includes club options for the 2019 and 2020 seasons.
Doolittle began his pro career as a first baseman but switched to pitching during the 2011 season. He was the 41st overall pick of the 2007 draft, taken in the compensation portion of the first round by Oakland. He made his Major League debut in 2012 and has since made 122 appearances out of the bullpen, compiling a 7-6 record, 3.10 ERA, four saves and 129 strike outs in 125 innings.
Doolittle has been one of the relievers manager Bob Melvin has utilized in the closer’s role this season since Jim Johnson was removed from the role. Many A’s fans and media personnel can see Doolittle eventually becoming the A’s closer.
This contract runs from this current season, presumably replacing the $505k he was scheduled to earn, and runs through 2018. Although financial details have not yet been made available, the deal covers all of Doolittle’s arbitration eligible seasons and would cover his first two seasons of free agency if the A’s pick up their club options.