Khris Davis has become the face of the Oakland A’s with his home run hitting prowess and his ability to drive in runs. And now they have agreed to an extension with the slugging outfielder. According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, Davis will earn $16,75 million in each year of his new contract. Davis will receive a little bit of a pay raise this season and then over the next two seasons he will earn $33.75 million in new money.
This deal is huge for Oakland because they’ve had a reputation of losing star players that they have had over the years because they cam’t pay them and now they have someone through at least 2021 that Oakland fans can wrap their arms around as the face of the franchise.
Davis is in his seventh MLB season and over that time he has hit 203 home runs and has driven in 517 runs. On top of his high slugging percentage, Davis has began drawing more walks every season with him getting the reputation more and more each season of being a monstrous home run hitter.
The only downside about Davis is that he does strike out a lot and he doesn’t rack up a ton of hits outside of home runs, in fact last season he hit 48 home runs, which lead the American League, but he only hit 28 doubles.
With that being said you can count on Davis to be consistent each season. Not only has he hit 40+ home runs each of the last three seasons, but each of the last four seasons he has hit .247 every season.
Davis showed promise in Milwaukee earlier in his career, but since being traded to Oakland in February of 2016 he has really exploded onto the scene and become one of the biggest sluggers in baseball.
While Davis struggles in the field, his offense has been so good over the past two seasons that he finished 22nd in AL MVP voting in 2017 and he finished 8th in AL MVP voting last season.
He’s also off to a very fast start this season, being the first player to 10 home runs this season in all of baseball.
This isn’t a super long-term deal, but he is bypassing a few years of free agency and Oakland has an MVP-caliber player to wrap their arms around for the next few years and hopefully generate more excitement about the A’s in Oakland.
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