Report: Athletics discussing one-year contract extension with Khris Davis

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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.

No lease extension, but O’s and governor tout partnership

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The Baltimore Orioles and Maryland Gov. Wes Moore announced a joint commitment to what they called a “multi-decade, public-private partnership” to revitalize the Camden Yards sports complex.

The statement from the team and the state’s new governor came Wednesday, the deadline for the Orioles to exercise a one-time, five-year extension to their lease at Camden Yards. The team was not planning to exercise that option, according to a person with knowledge of the decision. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the club hadn’t announced its decision.

With no extension, the lease is set to expire at the end of this year, but the team and the Maryland Stadium Authority can keep negotiating. Wednesday’s joint release seemed to be an attempt to calm any nerves in Baltimore about the team’s future.

“I am looking forward to continuing to collaborate with Governor Moore, his administration, and the Maryland Stadium Authority in order to bring to Baltimore the modern, sustainable, and electrifying sports and entertainment destination the state of Maryland deserves,” Orioles CEO John Angelos said.

“We greatly appreciate Governor Moore’s vision and commitment as we seize the tremendous opportunity to redefine the paradigm of what a Major League Baseball venue represents and thereby revitalize downtown Baltimore. It is my hope and expectation that, together with Governor Moore and the new members and new chairman of the MSA board, we can again fully realize the potential of Camden Yards to serve as a catalyst for Baltimore’s second renaissance.”

Republican Larry Hogan, the state’s previous governor, signed a bill last year increasing bond authorization for M&T Bank Stadium, home of the Baltimore Ravens, and Camden Yards. The measure allowed borrowing of up to $600 million for each stadium.

“When Camden Yards opened 30 years ago, the Baltimore Orioles revolutionized baseball and set the bar for the fan experience,” Moore, a Democrat, said Wednesday. “We share the commitment of the Orioles organization to ensuring that the team is playing in a world-class facility at Camden Yards for decades to come and are excited to advance our public-private partnership.”

Angelos recently reaffirmed that the Orioles would stay in Baltimore, although he dressed down a reporter who asked for more clarity on the future of the team’s ownership situation. Angelos was sued last year by his brother Lou, who claimed John Angelos seized control of the Orioles at his expense.