Khris Davis won his arbitration hearing against the A’s, meaning the slugging left fielder will make $5 million in 2017 rather than the $4.65 million Oakland had proposed.
This marks the first arbitration case the A’s have lost since Billy Beane took over baseball operations in 1997, though it also marked just the team’s fourth overall that has gone before an arbitration panel over that time. The A’s generally have had great success agreeing on one-year deals with players before a hearing is required.
Davis, with three years of service time, was arbitration-eligible for the first time. He helped his cause with a monster 2016 season that included a career-high 42 homers and 102 RBI. Those homers were tied for third most in the majors.
Davis made just $524,500 last season, so he was in line for a huge raise whether he won his case or not. He’ll be eligible for free agency for the first time after the 2019 season.
A three-person panel hears an arbitration case, with both the team and a player’s representatives arguing their case for why their proposed salary figure is justified.
For the second straight season, Kendall Graveman will get the ball on Opening Day for the A's. And for the second straight year, he'll face Mike Trout and the Angels.
The team made the news official on Tuesday morning.
Last year, in a win over the Angels, Graveman went six innings, allowed two earned runs and struck out seven.
"It's something I don't take for granted. It's an honor and a privilege and [I just want to] try to get the season off to a good start and hopefully be a leader of this staff," Graveman told reporters Tuesday in Arizona.
In four seasons with the A's and Blue Jays, Graveman has a 4.11 ERA in 76 appearances.
UPDATE (Mar. 19, 7:45 p.m. PT): The A's officially announced the Cahill signing on Monday. This story has been updated to reflect that.
On the same day the Oakland A's learned they'd be without Jharel Cotton all season, they signed a familiar face to bolster their pitching depth.
Oakland agreed to a one-year deal with Trevor Cahill, nearly 12 years after the A's drafted him in the second round.
Cahill pitched for Oakland from 2009-11. He started 96 games in three seasons with the A's, going 40-35 with a 3.91 ERA and 1.32 WHIP. Since Oakland traded him to the Arizona Diamondbacks in Dec. 2011, Cahill's pitched for six teams.
The 30-year-old won a World Series ring with the Chicago Cubs in 2016, and pitched for the San Diego Padres and Kansas City Royals last season. In 2017, he went 4-3 in 21 appearances (14 starts) with a 4.93 ERA and 1.62 WHIP.