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"If we can bring a little bit of hitting talent to our current team I think the pitchers won't get as frustrated as they were late in the season," Wolff told the gathering of sports editors. "You're always rebuilding and regenerating. It's fun. We want to win. I want to win. We're going to try to be there again if we can."
The A's used eight starters in left field and finished 75-86, their worst record since 1998. Oakland advanced to the AL championship series in 2006 before being swept by the Detroit Tigers.
Street, a 25-year-old right-hander, lost his job as Oakland's closer during season and finished 7-5 with a 3.73 ERA and 18 saves in 25 chances. He joins a bullpen that includes Manny Corpas and saw closer Brian Fuentes become a free agent. Street can become free agent after the 2010 season. A message left for Street was not immediately returned.
Smith, 24, went 7-16 with a 4.16 ERA in 32 starts during his first major league season. Gonzalez, 23, was also in his first big league season and hit .242 with four homers and 26 RBIs in 302 at-bats.
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