In his latest column for The Athletic, Ken Rosenthal reports that the Athletics are discussing a one-year contract extension with OF/DH Khris Davis that would cover his third and final year of arbitration eligibility. Davis avoided arbitration ahead of the 2018 season, agreeing with the A’s to a $10.5 million salary.
Davis has been an above-average hitter for the duration of his six-year career, but he is a below-average defender so he is essentially just a DH. Given how slow the market was for players of his type this past offseason, Rosenthal explains, Davis may be tempted to take the one-year guarantee rather than test his luck in free agency after the season. Last year, Davis hit 43 home runs, knocked in 110 runs, and batted .247/.336/.528 in 652 plate appearances. He has started the 2018 season in similar fashion, batting .257/.339/.535 with seven home runs and 23 RBI in 115 PA.
Rosenthal also explains the Athletics’ potential motivations. With another strong season, Davis might command more in arbitration than he might agree to in the very near future. And signing him for another season means fans won’t have to watch another talented player leave the team due to money reasons.