A’s reach deal with Gray, Gi­ants with Nuñez

San Francisco Chronicle Late Edition - - SPORTS - By Henry Schul­man Henry Schul­man is a San Fran­cisco Chron­i­cle staff writer. Email: hschul­man@sfchron­i­cle.com Twit­ter: @han­kschul­man

The Gi­ants and A’s made a flurry of one-year con­tract deals Fri­day, the dead­line for ar­bi­tra­tionel­i­gi­ble play­ers to ex­change fig­ures with their teams in ad­vance of po­ten­tial hear­ings.

The A’s an­nounced deals with pitch­ers Sonny Gray and Liam Hen­dricks and catcher Stephen Vogt. The Gi­ants agreed to terms with all three of their re­main­ing ar­bi­tra­tion-el­i­gi­ble play­ers: third base­man Ed­uardo Nuñez and re­liev­ers Will Smith and Ge­orge Kon­tos.

That leaves one po­ten­tial ar­bi­tra­tion case for the A’s, Khris Davis, who filed a re­quest for $5 mil­lion and re­ceived an of­fer of $4.65 mil­lion from the team.

Salary fig­ures for the five signees were not an­nounced, but Jon Hey­man of MLB Net­work re­ported that Gray will earn $3.575 mil­lion, a huge leap from the $527,500 he earned in 2016, and Nuñez will get $4.2 mil­lion. He earned $1.475 mil­lion last year.

All play­ers who have be­tween three and six years of ma­jor-league ser­vice time, plus some who are near­ing three years, are el­i­gi­ble for ar­bi­tra­tion. Gray was in his first year of el­i­gi­bil­ity, Nuñez in his last. He can be­come a free agent next win­ter.

If they can­not reach agree­ment with their teams, the play­ers sub­mit salary re­quests and the teams re­spond with of­fers. A three-mem­ber ar­bi­tra­tion panel hears ar­gu­ments for both sides and picks one of the two fig­ures.

Hear­ings are rare. The Gi­ants have not gone to a hear­ing since 2004, when they lost to A.J. Pierzyn­ski. The A’s de­feated Jar­rod Parker in 2015. Oak­land has not lost a hear­ing since Rickey Hen­der­son in 1982.

The A’s still have time to avoid a hear­ing with Davis, which would oc­cur in Fe­bru­ary. Also, these one-year agree­ments do not pre­clude the teams and play­ers from rene­go­ti­at­ing longterm deals.

Sonny Gray

Ed­uardo Nuñez

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