For months, the Oakland A’s have made it clear they wanted Khris Davis around for the long-term. On Wednesday, they avoided arbitration with the slugger by coming to terms on a one-year, $10 million contract, according to media reports.
Davis is coming off a career season. He slashed .247/.336/.528 with 43 home runs. He hit more long balls and got on base with more frequency than he ever had before.
“He’s quite the force,” manager Bob Melvin said about Davis last season. “From the moment he got here, he plays with an edge, very confident at the plate and has power to all fields.”
He’s now the highest-paid player on the A’s.
Oakland traded for Davis before the 2016 season. He was a low-risk option, showing significant flashes of power in three seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers. The trade cost the A’s Jacob Nottingham and Bubba Derby, who have both yet to crack major-league rosters.
Since then, he’s had back-to-back 40-plus home run seasons and has remained the picture of consistency — he’s hit between .240 and .250 in his four full seasons as a pro.
The acquisition of Stephen Piscotty will also help as he’ll be able to settle in to the designated hitter role. He wrote a Players Tribune article last season that revealed he has issues with self-doubt when it comes to his throwing arm.
Power hitters in MLB are costly, and the A’s have locked in their best for a reasonable cost.