Slug­ger Davis, A’s reach agree­ment on $16.5M, 1-yr deal

Porterville Recorder - - SPORTS - By JANIE MCCAULEY

OAK­LAND, Calif. — Ath­let­ics slug­ger Khris Davis is get­ting a $6 mil­lion raise after lead­ing the ma­jors in home runs last sea­son.

Davis reached agree­ment Fri­day with Oak­land on a $16.5 mil­lion, one-year con­tract to avoid salary ar­bi­tra­tion.

The A’s also agreed Fri­day to one-year deals with left-han­der Sean Manaea for $3.15 mil­lion, second base­man Jurick­son Pro­far for $3.6 mil­lion and short­stop Mar­cus Semien for $5.9 mil­lion and out­fielder Mark Canha for $2.05 mil­lion.

Davis re­ceived a hefty raise from the A’s last winter, then went out and hit a ma­jors-best 48 home runs while setting a ca­reer high with 123 RBIS — not to men­tion lead­ing the low-bud­get club back to the play­offs for the first time since 2014 be­fore a wild-card loss to the Yan­kees.

While Oak­land gen­eral man­ager David Forst has said sign­ing Davis to a mul­ti­year con­tract is a high pri­or­ity, it wasn’t at the top of the team’s off­sea­son to-do list and Forst said Davis un­der­stands that as the A’s try to build an­other win­ning ros­ter.

The 31-year-old Davis re­ceived the $10.5 mil­lion, one-year con­tract last Jan­uary to more

than dou­ble his salary after he beat the team in ar­bi­tra­tion the pre­vi­ous winter.

He hit 43 home runs in 2017, con­nect­ing on the sea­son’s fi­nal day to sur­pass the sea­son high he set the pre­vi­ous year for Oak­land.

Davis and Jim­mie Foxx from 1932-34 are the only play­ers in Ath­let­ics his­tory with three straight 40-homer sea­sons. Davis’ 85 homers in 2017-18 were second dur­ing that two-year span in the ma­jors only to Gian­carlo Stan­ton’s 86.

Be­fore the 2017 sea­son, Davis de­feated the A’s in an ar­bi­tra­tion hear­ing — awarded a $5 mil­lion salary over the

$4.65 mil­lion of­fered by Oak­land. He had earned $524,500 in 2016 and that was his first time be­ing el­i­gi­ble for ar­bi­tra­tion.

Manaea pitched a no­hit­ter against Bos­ton on April 21 in a bright start to a sea­son that ended with the ace un­der­go­ing shoul­der surgery in Septem­ber. He is ex­pected to be out un­til around the All-star break.

Still, he went 12-9 with a 3.59 ERA in 27 starts and 160 2/3 in­nings. His no-hit­ter was the 12th in A’s his­tory and sev­enth of the Oak­land era.

The A’s ac­quired Pro­far from Texas in a trade last month and he will be­come the reg­u­lar second base­man to re­place Jed Lowrie, who landed with the Yan­kees on Thurs­day for $20 mil­lion over two years.

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