Cahill nearing multiyear deal

The A’s have reportedly reached agreement on a multiyear deal with All-Star hurler Trevor Cahill, pending a physical.

The A’s have not confirmed the deal, as first reported by’s Jerry Crasnick, and an announcement wasn’t expected Saturday.

Cahill, 23, told before Saturday’s contest against the Twins that he was unaware a deal had been completed, though he noted he knew details were close to being finalized. Furthermore, he said physical results have yet to come back yet.

The A’s right-hander is under team control through the 2014 season and was set to go through his first arbitration process this winter. He was handed Opening Day starter duties this year after turning in a breakout 2010 campaign, when he compiled an 18-8 record and 2.97 ERA in 30 starts.

Cahill, who is currently making $440,000 for the season, would become the fifth player whom the A’s would hold under contract beyond 2011. Oakland signed fellow starter Brett Anderson to a four-year, $12.5 million deal last April and locked up catcher Kurt Suzuki for four years and $16.25 million in July. Relievers Grant Balfour and Brian Fuentes, meanwhile, are both under contract through 2012 with a club option for 2013.

-I’d imagine that Gio Gonzalez would be next in line for a contract extension, though Daric Barton is a possibility as well. The sooner the better for Gio, whose stuff will demand bigger bucks with each start if continually progressing the way it has been.

-Geren said Ryan Sweeney and Landon Powell will both start tomorrow. For Saturday, though, he went with his go-to lineup and said he isn’t too concerned about the offensive woes, noting the team has faced a handful of tough pitchers lately.

A’s lineup: Crisp CF, Barton 1B, DeJesus RF, Willingham LF, Matsui DH, Suzuki C, Ellis 2B, Kouzmanoff 3B, Pennington SS

Twins lineup: Span CF, Mauer C, Morneau 1B, Young LF, Cuddyer RF, Kubel DH, Valencia 3B, Hughes 2B, Casilla SS

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