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A's, Davis avoid arbitration with $16.5M deal

Club also settles with Semien, Profar, Canha and Manaea
January 11, 2019

OAKLAND -- The A's avoided arbitration with designated hitter Khris Davis, among others, on Friday, handing one of the game's most prolific sluggers $16.5 million.The monster figure, at least in A's country and confirmed by MLB.com, is the highest ever committed by the club to a player for a single

OAKLAND -- The A's avoided arbitration with designated hitter Khris Davis, among others, on Friday, handing one of the game's most prolific sluggers $16.5 million.
The monster figure, at least in A's country and confirmed by MLB.com, is the highest ever committed by the club to a player for a single season, easily topping Eric Chavez's $12.5 million salary in 2010.
Of course, it's well deserved. Davis led all big leaguers with 48 homers in 2018, giving him a Major League-best 133 since 2016. The 31-year-old, who will be a free agent following the 2019 season, has also compiled 335 RBIs in that span, second-most in baseball.
In addition to Davis, the A's settled with shortstop Marcus Semien at a reported $5.9 million, new second baseman Jurickson Profar (reported $3.6 million), outfielder Mark Canha (reported $2.05 million) and Sean Manaea, whose salary has yet to be revealed.

The A's have yet to come to terms with closer Blake Treinen, which means the two sides are expected to head to arbitration; an arbitrator will then choose the salary figure proposed by either the A's or Treinen's camp. The deadline for settling on an agreed-upon number was Friday.
MLB Trade Rumors projects Treinen will earn $5.8 million after his career year. The 2018 All-Star reliever, who took home $2.15 million last year, totaled 38 saves and 100 strikeouts while posting a miniscule 0.78 ERA over 80 1/3 innings -- the lowest ever among pitchers with 80 or more innings since at least 1912. In doing so, he became the first pitcher in Major League history to save at least 30 games, compile an ERA under 1.00 and strike out 100 batters.

Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010.