Anderson agrees four-year deal with A's

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)