"I don't think it's out of line to think that Kurt can be a 20-plus homer (guy) and he's probably going to be in the Gold Glove conversation as well," Beane said. "With a contract like this comes a certain amount of personal responsibility. Up to this point, Kurt's been a model citizen."
"Since the day Kurt got here, beyond being an outstanding player, he's been an outstanding leader and a quality guy off the field as well," A's general manager Billy Beane said. "He's the type of player you'd like to invest in. We actually started this process in the spring and started bringing up the idea. Sometimes it takes a little longer."