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Sean Doolittle | Relief Pitcher

Team: Oakland Athletics
Age / DOB:  (27) / 9/26/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 212
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Sean Doolittle is "likely to get around $14 million guaranteed" on his new five-year contract.
The A's have options for 2019 and 2020, which could bring the total value of the deal to over $20 million. Locking any reliever up for that long is a risk, but it's a reasonable price to pay. Doolittle should easily be worth the deal if he can manage to stay healthy. Apr 20 - 11:43 AM

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Athletics signed LHP Sean Doolittle to a four-year contract extension.

The deal was announced as a five-year contract, but it includes this season. The A's will also have club options for 2019 and 2020. The financials of the contract are not yet known. Doolittle would have been eligible for arbitration for the first time this winter, so the new deal will buy out his arbitration years and possibly his first two years of free agency. Doolittle holds a 3.10 ERA with 129 strikeouts over 125 innings over his first 122 relief appearances for the A's.
Apr 18 - 4:49 PM

Sean Doolittle struck out two over a scoreless ninth inning to earn his first save of the season Sunday against the Mariners.

It was just Doolittle's fourth save of his career. The left-hander is part of A's manager Bob Melvin's bullpen-by-committee following Jim Johnson's struggles, so it may not be his last save this year. Still, unless he's explicitly named by Melvin he's likely not a rosterable source of saves.
Apr 13 - 7:48 PM

Sean Doolittle had no issues with his calf during a bullpen session Monday morning in A's camp.

Doolittle suffered a right calf strain last week, but he's already back on track. The left-hander will open the 2014 season as one of Oakland's primary setup men.
Feb 17 - 1:22 PM

Sean Doolittle (calf) will throw a bullpen session on Monday.

Doolittle has been nursing a right calf strain the last few days but feels much better. "It's time to take the training wheels off," the left-handed reliever said.
Feb 16 - 11:29 AM

Sean Doolittle will not throw for the next few days while nursing a right calf strain.

It shouldn't be a big deal as long as he doesn't have any setbacks. Fellow bullpen mate Ryan Cook (shoulder) is also banged up, but the A's are expecting to have both he and Doolittle in time for Opening Day.
Feb 14 - 3:32 PM

Sean Doolittle earned his second save of the season in Friday's victory over the Rangers.

It was Doolittle, not Grant Balfour, who was called upon to protect a one-run advantage. Don't read too much into it though, as Balfour was up and ready in the bullpen. A's manager Bob Melvin indicated he wanted Doolittle in there to face the left-handed hitters coming up, and didn't want to waste him for just one hitter.
Sat, Sep 14, 2013 12:40:00 AM

Sean Doolittle retired the Royals in order in the eighth inning Saturday, picking up his seventh hold.

Those of you in holds league already know Doolittle. Those of you in deeper formats should get acquainted with him as well, if you haven't already. Doolittle is 3-0 with a 0.95 ERA, 0.58 WHIP and 19/3 K/BB rate over 20 appearances. Doolittle surrendered a pair of solo homers in late-April. Outside of that, nobody has touched him.
Sun, May 19, 2013 03:20:00 AM

Sean Doolittle struck out three of the four batters he faced in 1 1/3 innings of work Friday against the Orioles.

16 of Doolittle's 19 pitches were strikes. With a 1.04 ERA and nine strikeouts in 8 2/3 innings, he's again looking like one of the game's best setup men.
Sat, Apr 27, 2013 01:21:00 AM

Sean Doolittle may not be available Wednesday after he was hit in the left shin by a comebacker during Tuesday's game.

Doolittle is still dealing with some discomfort, so the A's will likely rest him just to be on the safe side. The rookie left-hander has a 3.62 ERA and 47/8 K/BB ratio over 32 1/3 innings this year.
Wed, Sep 5, 2012 02:30:00 PM

With Ryan Cook needing the night off, Sean Doolittle got the call in the ninth Saturday and protected a one-run lead against the Yankees for his first career save.

Doolittle allowed a leadoff single to Alex Rodriguez, but he struck out the next three batters he faced in an impressive debut. Cook's status as Oakland's closer is secure at the moment, but Doolittle possesses the best stuff in the team's pen. He's certainly going to be a sleeper candidate for saves next year.
Sat, Jul 21, 2012 11:44:00 PM

Athletics recalled LHP Sean Doolittle from Triple-A Sacramento.

Doolittle, a converted infielder, posted a dominant 0.72 ERA and 48/7 K/BB ratio over 25 innings between High-A Stockton, Double-A Midland and Triple-A Sacramento. Look for him in middle relief. Jordan Norberto was placed on the 15-day disabled list in a corresponding roster move.
Mon, Jun 4, 2012 06:33:00 PM

Athletics optioned LHP Sean Doolitle to Triple-A Sacramento.

Doolittle, a converted infielder, will look to resurrect his career as a reliever after undergoing multiple knee surgeries in recent years. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Doolittle was routinely clocked in the mid-90s during spring training.
Sun, Mar 11, 2012 07:49:00 PM

Making his pitching debut for the A's, Sean Doolittle struck out two in a hitless frame Sunday against the Cubs.

Doolittle's chances of making it as a hitter were ruined by knee problems, but he's been throwing in the mid-90s since a move to the mound. He might turn into a nifty reliever after getting some innings under his belt.
Sun, Mar 4, 2012 06:30:00 PM

According to the Chronicle's Susan Slusser, Sean Doolittle has been cleared for all activities after missing last season with a knee injury.

He will be brought along slowly, though. Doolittle looked like a nice prospect while hitting 22 homers between high-A and Double-A as a 21-year-old in 2008, but he was limited to 105 at-bats in Triple-A in 2009 by a knee injury and then he sat out all of 2010. He'll be part of a stacked Sacramento lineup also set to include Chris Carter, Michael Taylor and maybe Jemile Weeks.
Sat, Feb 19, 2011 04:51:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1John Jaso
2Derek Norris
1B1Daric Barton
2B1Eric Sogard
2Alberto Callaspo
3Nick Punto
SS1Jed Lowrie
2Jake Elmore
3B1Josh Donaldson
LF1Yoenis Cespedes
CF1Coco Crisp
2Craig Gentry
RF1Josh Reddick
DH1Brandon Moss
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Sonny Gray
2Scott Kazmir
3A.J. Griffin
4Dan Straily
5Jesse Chavez
6Tommy Milone
7Jarrod Parker
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jim Johnson
2Ryan Cook
3Luke Gregerson
4Sean Doolittle
5Dan Otero
6Eric O'Flaherty
7Drew Pomeranz
8Fernando Abad
9Fernando Rodriguez