One of the game’s most prolific power hitters is staying put.
The 31-year-old Davis was set to be a free agent following the 2019 season. The extension ensures Davis will remain in Oakland through 2021.
Davis, who is making $16.50 million in 2019, will make $16.75 million in both 2020 and 2021.
So the Khris Davis extension, as the Chronicle reported earlier, is $16.75 million per year and he’s making $16.5 million this year. An even $50 million in all for the top home-run hitter in the game. A relative bargain for A’s, Davis gets to stay where he wanted to all along.
— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) April 18, 2019
After starting his career with the Milwaukee Brewers, Davis has flourished in Oakland. Since 2016, he leads the majors with 143 home runs. He’s hit 19 more home runs than Giancarlo Stanton — who sits in second place — over that period.
Last season, Davis hit .247/.326/.549, with 48 home runs, in 654 plate appearances. That performance was good enough to get Davis a few down ballot MVP votes. He finished eighth on the American League MVP ballot.
Despite his success, Davis still has yet to make it to the All-Star game. With his contract situation taken care of, Davis can turn his attention to mashing as many home runs as it takes to receive the honor.
He’s off to a good start thus far. Through 21 games, Davis already leads the majors with 10 home runs.
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