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Athletics, Khris Davis avoid arbitration

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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Athletics and OF/DH Khris Davis have avoided arbitration, agreeing on a $10.5 million salary for the 2018 season. Davis was eligible for arbitration for the second of three years.

Davis, 30, set career-highs in home runs (43) and RBI (110) while batting .247/.336/.528 in 652 plate appearances last season. He figures to be the Athletics’ full-time DH in 2018. The A’s may attempt to move him by the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline as well.

The Athletics’ other pending arbitration cases include Marcus Semien, Kendall Graveman, Chris Hatcher, Liam Hendriks, Blake Treinen, and Josh Phegley.

Royals, Alex Gordon close to contract agreement

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MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports that the Royals and outfielder Alex Gordon are “getting close” to an agreement on a one-year contract. Terms of the deal aren’t yet known, but the Royals could make it official within the next few days.

Gordon, who turns 36 years old next month, hit .266/.345/.396 with 13 home runs and 76 RBI over 633 plate appearances with the Royals this past season. His offense has waned, owning an adjusted OPS of 84 since 2016 (100 is average), but he still plays decent defense.

Gordon has spent all 13 years of his major league career with the Royals. With the club in a rebuilding phase, he will serve as the clubhouse leader and be a mentor to younger players on the roster.