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Anderson agrees four-year deal with A's

The Oakland Athletics Brett Anderson pitches against the Boston Red Sox in the fifth inning of their American League game at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts July 6, 2009. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Oakland pitcher Brett Anderson has agreed to a four-year contract that will keep the left-hander with the team through the 2013 season, the Athletics said on Friday.

Local media said the deal, which includes options for 2014 and 2015, guarantees Anderson $12.5 million over four years with a potential to reach $30 million including the option years.

The A's will avoid future arbitration with the 22-year-old as a result of the contract, the team said in a news release on their website (

Anderson (1-0) has not allowed a run in 12 innings this season, striking out 10 and walking three in two starts. He posted an 11-11 record as a rookie in 2009 with a 4.06 earned run average, leading the team in strikeouts (150) and wins.

Reporting by Gene Cherry in Raleigh, North Carolina. Editing by Alastair Himmer