Breaking down A's projected contract arbitration salaries for 2019

Breaking down A's projected contract arbitration salaries for 2019

The A's have several key players eligible for arbitration this offseason. Each year, MLB Trade Rumors projects arbitration salaries for every team. Here are the numbers they project for Oakland in 2019...

Khris Davis - $18.1 million

When you lead all of baseball in home runs, you're obviously going to get paid. The A's were able to avoid arbitration with Davis last season, agreeing to a one-year, $10.5 million deal. They will try to do the same this offseason, but whatever the number is, Oakland will happily pay it. Davis has earned every penny.

Mike Fiers - $9.7 million

Fiers earned $6 million in 2018, so this would represent more than a 60 percent raise for the right-hander. Whatever the number ends up being, the A's will have a hard time letting Fiers go, especially with all the injuries they are still dealing in their starting rotation.

Marcus Semien - $6.6 million

Semien put together a stellar all-around season, improving his defense tremendously. This number would be more than double his $3.125 million salary in 2018, but the A's will likely pay it.

Blake Treinen - $5.8 million

This is the no-brainer of all no-brainers. Treinen had one of the greatest seasons by any closer in baseball history, while earning just $2.15 million. The A's will pay whatever the number ends up being.

Sean Manaea - $3.8 million

Unfortunately, Manaea is expected to miss most, if not all of the 2019 season as he recovers from shoulder surgery. Nonetheless, the A's will keep their ace around and hope he comes back as strong ever.

Kendall Graveman - $2.5 million

Graveman underwent Tommy John surgery in August, meaning he won't be able to pitch until 2020, when he is 29 years old. The right-hander was Oakland's Opening Day starter this season but struggled right from the get-go. It may be time for the A's to part ways with Graveman.

Chris Hatcher - $2.4 million

Hatcher struggled in limited action this season. It would be hard to imagine him returning to Oakland.

Cory Gearrin - $2.4 million

The A's have a deep enough bullpen where they can probably let Gearrin walk for this number.

Liam Hendriks - $2.1 million

Despite a rough outing in the Wild Card Game, Hendriks was terrific in the month of September. The A's could very well bring him back for this number, which is just $200k more than his $1.9 million salary in 2018.

Mark Canha - $2.1 million

The A's have a crowded outfield, but Canha provided some serious power against left-handed pitching, while earning just $547,500. For just a shade over $2 million, he will likely be back next season.

Chris Bassitt - $1.6 million

Bassitt provided nice depth in the rotation when the A's were hit with the injury bug, but he spent most of the season in the minor leagues. He seems unlikely to be back for this number.

Ryan Buchter - $1.3 million

This would be a bargain for Buchter, who did a great job as Oakland's lone left-handed reliever for most of the season. He only earned $555k in his first season with the A's, making his 2.75 ERA even more impressive.

Josh Phegley - $1.2 million

Phegley proved more than capable of being a solid backup catcher. He earned $905k this past season, and a raise to $1.2 million seems reasonable.

Ryan Dull - $900k

Dull bounced up and down between the minors and majors, but primarily struggled at the big league level. He likely won't return.

Jake Smolinski - $800k

Smolinski was not a factor for the A's and is unlikely to return.

MLB Hot Stove: James Paxton acquired by Yankees for three prospects


MLB Hot Stove: James Paxton acquired by Yankees for three prospects

The Hot Stove is lighting up.

The Yankees have acquired starting pitcher James Paxton from the Mariners for three prospects: Yankees No. 1 pitching prospect Justus Sheffield, outfielder Don-Thompson Williams and right-handed pitcher and Erik Swanson.

He will join a rotation that includes Luis Severino, CC Sabathia and Masahiro Tanaka. Not bad.

And what does that mean for Bay Area teams? Well -- the A's get a slight confidence boost knowing Seattle has one less threat in the American League West. Which is good considering the lefty was throwing his career-best 11.68 K/9 rating in 2018 . His ERA spiked slightly, but he had an insane amount of power he was throwing to last season. But that didn't stop him from tossing a no-hitter on May 8, becoming the first Canadian pitcher to do so.

Oh, and an eagle landed on him, too:

Pretty sure no other pitcher can say that.

Report: Pursued by A's, Kurt Suzuki agrees to contract with Nationals


Report: Pursued by A's, Kurt Suzuki agrees to contract with Nationals

It appears the original report on former A's catcher Kurt Suzuki possibly making a return to Oakland will not come to fruition.

According to executive reporter Mark Feinsand, the 12-year veteran catcher has agreed to a two-year contract with the Nationals.

The details of the deal, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal:

Suzuki spent two seasons with the Nats, where he slashed .239/.297/.344 with eight home runs and 50 RBI in 122 games in 2012 and 2013. He was acquired from the A's by Washington in 2012.

The San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser originally reported the 35-year-old was approached by the A's about a possible one-year deal next season after he recently was granted free agency by the Braves.