Davis gets well-deserved extension with Athletics

Khris Davis has 33.5 million reasons to smile after agreeing to a contract extension with the Athletics. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

It’s safe to buy an Oakland Athletics Khris Davis jersey. 

The A’s announced Wednesday that they have agreed to terms on a two-year extension with Davis. According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, each year is worth $16.75 million and will keep the powerful slugger in Oakland through 2021.

“Oakland has been a special place for me since I arrived,” said Davis in a statement. “I love playing here in front of our fans, and my teammates make this feel, like a family. I never hid the fact that I wanted to stay in Oakland because that is how I feel and I’m glad that I can continue to call the city of Oakland my baseball home. This team has a bright future, and I’m thrilled to be a part of it.” 

Since the A’s acquired him from the Milwaukee Brewers for Bubba Derby and Jacob Nottingham before the 2016 season, Davis has crushed an MLB-leading 143 home runs and owns a slash line of .247/322/.539 with 355 RBIs in 474 games. The stats are courtesy of Baseball Reference. 

Davis was the home run king with 48 last season and is the leader this season with 10 in 20 games.

“Khris is a special talent who has made a tremendous impact both on and off the field during his time here,” said A’s Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Billy Beane. “He’s become one of the most beloved players to have worn an A’s uniform, and his commitment to Oakland has never wavered. He made it clear from the beginning that he wants to play, and win, right here. We’re thrilled that Khris will continue to be an A.”

The most impressive thing about the 31-year-old is his power to all fields.

According to Baseball Reference, he has hit 46 career homers to left-center, 45 to right-center, 43 to left, 35 to right and 34 to center. It doesn’t get any more balance than that.

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