A’s closer Treinen wins arbitration case, to make $6.4M

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              FILE - In this June 28, 2018, file photo, Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Blake Treinen throws during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Detroit. Treinen's case was heard Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, asking arbitrators for a raise from $2.2 million to $6.4 million and was offered $5.6 million. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)
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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Oakland Athletics closer Blake Treinen will receive a $6.4 million salary for 2019 after winning his arbitration case.

Treinen’s case was heard Friday. He asked arbitrators Steven Wolf, Allen Ponak and Phillip LaPorte for a raise from $2.2 million to $6.4 million, while Oakland offered $5.6 million. The pitcher’s agent, Matt Sosnick, confirmed the deal Saturday in a text message.

“A historic season capped off with another win for one of the best pitchers and best people in the game!!” the agency posted on Twitter .

Treinen was a first-time All-Star last year, going 9-2 with a 0.78 ERA and 38 saves in 43 chances over 68 relief appearances. The right-hander struck out 100 and walked 21 in 80 1/3 innings, helping the A’s return to the playoffs for the first time in four years. Oakland lost the AL wild-card game to the Yankees.