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December 17, 2013

Transaction Analysis

Atlanta Inks Floyd, and Two Teams Sign Relievers

by R.J. Anderson, Ben Lindbergh and



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Reportedly agreed to sign RHP Matt Albers to a one-year, $2.45 million contract with a $3 million club option for 2015. [12/16]

Matt Albers is the poor man’s Jim Johnson, a comp that would work even better if the A’s could pass for rich. Albers, like Johnson, is a durable, 30-year-old right-handed reliever who throws a hard sinker over 65 percent of the time, gets groundballs, and has a 16.0 percent career strikeout rate. The difference between the Astros’ new setup man and Oakland’s incoming closer is one walk per nine innings, 122 saves, and as much as $8 million in salary, which make Albers the better deal, dollars-per-win-wise.

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