Davis, A's reach 1-year, $10.5M agreement

With deal, Athletics avoid arbitration with power-hitting outfielder, 30

January 10th, 2018

The A's announced Wednesday that they've reached an one-year agreement with slugger to avoid arbitration, two days before the deadline for clubs and arbitration-eligible players to exchange salary figures. The deal is worth $10.5 million.

Davis, 30, has crushed 85 homers with 212 RBIs over his two seasons in Oakland, including a career-high 43 home runs in 2017, good for fourth most in the Majors. He joined Hall of Famer Jimmie Foxx (1932-34) as the only A's players with back-to-back 40-homer seasons.

While Davis' power production remained elite, he did see a spike in strikeouts, from 166 to 195 last year, but he also had 31 more walks, which helped translate to a 29-point increase in his on-base percentage, to a career-best .336 in 2017.

Davis was the club's primary left fielder during a career-high 153 games last year, but with the offseason trade for right fielder , Matt Joyce will likely move to left field and Davis is slated to be the A's primary designated hitter in 2018. He is one of many power cogs in a lineup that has plenty of home-run capability, along with Joyce, who hit 25 homers last year, , who hit 27 in '16 when healthy and Piscotty, who has 20-homer potential.

Davis' salary will more than double next year from the $5 million he earned in his first year of arbitration. He remains under club control through 2019.