Oakland Athletics left fielder Khris Davis (2) hits a solo home run against the Los Angeles Angels at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California, on September 6, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Oakland Athletics left fielder Khris Davis (2) hits a solo home run against the Los Angeles Angels at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California, on September 6, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

A’s avoid arbitration with Khris Davis

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.

jpalmer@sfexaminer.com

David ForstKhris DavisMLBOakland Athletics

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

Agnes Liang, who will be a senior at Mission High School, is running for one of the two student representative seats on the San Francisco Unified School District Board of Education. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Turbulent year on school board leaves student delegates undeterred

Around this time last year, Shavonne Hines-Foster and Kathya Correa Almanza were… Continue reading

(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Three people killed in SF shootings in less than 24 hours

San Francisco police were scrambling Saturday to respond to a series of… Continue reading

Muni operator Angel Carvajal drives the popular boat tram following a news conference celebrating the return of the historic F-line and subway service on Friday, May 14, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Mayor, transit officials celebrate return of Muni service

Mayor London Breed and city transit officials gathered Friday to welcome the… Continue reading

San Francisco police investigated the scene of a police shooting near Varney Place and Third Street on May 7. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
SFPD shooting may prompt new body camera rules for plainclothes cops

Police chief says incident ‘should not have happened’

Governor Gavin Newsom speaks at a news conference about a $12 billion package bolstering the state’s response to the homelessness crisis at the Kearney Vista Apartments on May 11, 2021 in San Diego, California. (K.C. Alfred/The San Diego Union-Tribune/TNS)
Newsom promises sweeping change in California’s $267-billion budget

John Myers Los Angeles Times California would embark on the most ambitious… Continue reading

Most Read