PHOENIX -- Dallas Braden knows how to show appreciation.
The left-hander sent teammate Landon Powell and Powell's wife, Allyson, on an all-expenses-paid vacation to Maui in January -- a gesture of thanks for Powell catching Braden's perfect game last May.
Braden told Powell the present was coming during the A's final road trip last season. He put up the couple at the Four Seasons.
"I was shocked," Powell said Wednesday. "I told him he didn't have to do that. He told me he wanted to. It was a classy thing to do."
After throwing his Mother's Day perfecto, Braden gave each of his teammates an expensive bottle of Crown Royal whiskey to deliver the message that it was a team accomplishment.
But he's enjoyed a special bond with Powell, who started just 30 games as Kurt Suzuki's backup last season but was often behind the plate for Braden's starts. Powell also caught Braden frequently in the minors.
"I just wanted to make sure he understood how much it meant to me that day," Braden said.
The A's want to ensure Bailey stays healthy after he had September elbow surgery. Wuertz was bothered by a shoulder injury early last season, coming off a 2009 season in which he made 74 appearances. And Breslow has been the bullpen's workhorse for the past two years, combining for 152 appearances in that span.
Geren estimated those three would pitch in eight to 10 Cactus League games, with other bullpen regulars getting 10 to 13.