HOUSTON — Khris Davis said Saturday at Minute Maid Park that he would welcome a contract extension with the A’s.
“I want to be an Oakland Athletic,” Davis said. “I think I fit in well here. I like the organization, I like the coaching staff, I like my teammates.”
Ken Rosenthal of the Billy Burns Jersey Athletic reported Friday that the team is in talks with Davis about a one year extension that would eliminate the designated hitter’s final year of arbitration. Davis, 30, is earning 10.5 million this year and could make 15 million or more next year, especially considering his production; going into Saturday, the A’s designated hitter has 92 homers since joining the A’s in 2016 , the most in baseball during that time. Giancarlo Stanton of the Yankees is second http://www.athleticsfanaticsjersey.com/matt-mcbride-jersey-c-13.html, with 91.
Given the A’s low payroll — just over 70 million — there is always a chance, however vague, that they might designate Davis for assignment rather than go to arbitration; he beat them in arbitration before the 2017 season, the first time a player has won in arbitration against the team in the Billy Beane era.
And http://www.athleticsfanaticsjersey.com/stephen-vogt-jersey-c-14.html, as Rosenthal noted, the free agent market for designated hitters has been poor in recent years, which has affected power hitters like Chris Carter and Mark Reynolds. Factor in Davis’ age, and he might well be better off taking 14 million or so next year, particularly were the A’s to offer an option year or two, as they’ve been known to do http://www.athleticsfanaticsjersey.com/andrew-triggs-jersey-c-12.html, most recently with Coco Crisp.
The A’s have no obvious DH choice waiting in the wings after Renato Nuñez was claimed by the Rangers this month. The team has had plenty of years, though, where the DH spot rotated to provide regulars a bit of extra rest here and there.
Whatever happens, Davis isn’t sweating it.
“I’ll take it day by day, like I always do,” he said.