A’s slugger Davis gets extension

Yet another impending free agent has signed a contract extension and taken himself off the market. Thursday afternoon the Oakland Athletics announced they have signed slugger Khris Davis to a two-year contract extension covering the 2020 and 2021 seasons. The two-year deal is worth $33.5 million, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. The $16.75 million average annual value represents a slight raise from his $16.5 million salary this year.

“Oakland has been a special place for me since I arrived,” Davis said in a statement. “I love playing here in front of our fans, and my teammates make this feel like a family. I never hid the fact that I wanted to stay in Oakland because that is how I feel and I’m glad that I can continue to call the city of Oakland my baseball home.

This team has a bright future, and I’m thrilled to be a part of it.” Davis, 31, has emerged as one of the top home run hitters in baseball since joining the A’s in a three-player trade with the Brewers in February 2016. He hit at least 42 home runs each season from 2016-18, including an MLB-leading 48 homers last year. Davis leads baseball with 10 homers in the early going this season as well.

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Funnily enough, Davis has hit exactly .247 in each of the last four seasons, which is a neat statistical quirk. He owns a .260/.305/.662 batting line in the early going this year. Davis has been primarily a DH since the beginning of last season, which suits the roster and his game well given his shaky defense. There’s nothing wrong with having a pricey and productive DH.

With Davis locked up, the Athletics figure to explore a long-term extension with third baseman Matt Chapman in the near future. He can not become a free agent until after the 2023 season, so it’s not an urgent matter, but the sooner they lock him up, the bigger the discount. That’s how these extensions usually work.

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