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A's C Bruce Maxwell sentenced to two years of probation

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A's C Bruce Maxwell sentenced to two years of probation

PHOENIX -- Oakland Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell has been sentenced to two years of probation on a disorderly conduct charge.

His sentencing Monday came nearly three months after he pleaded guilty to the charge in a gun-related incident.

Police say Maxwell had pointed a handgun at a woman who delivered food to his home in Scottsdale, Arizona, in October.

Police said in court documents that Maxwell lowered the gun once the woman explained why she was there. She then gave him the food and left.

Maxwell missed a four-game series in Toronto in May because he could not enter Canada while awaiting sentencing in Arizona.

How Khris Davis, Stephen Piscotty, Matt Olson gave A's plenty of value

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How Khris Davis, Stephen Piscotty, Matt Olson gave A's plenty of value

The 2018 A's became the first team in MLB history to make the playoffs after starting the season with the lowest payroll, but they got plenty of value beyond Opening Day.

Forbes' Robert Kuenster compiled a list of players who hit 25 or more home runs in 2018, and broke down how much each team paid per home run. Three A's -- slugger Khris Davis, outfielder Stephen Piscotty, and first baseman Matt Chapman -- reached the mark, and compared favorably to the rest of the bigs.

The A's got the most value with Matt Olson. Olson hit 29 homers on a $547,500 base salary, so Oakland paid about $18,879 per Olson dinger. That was the eighth-lowest mark in all of baseball. Piscotty's $37,037 per home run ($1 million divided by 27) was the lowest price among any 25-homer hitter who made six figures.

Each of Khris Davis' 48 home runs was worth $218,570, or the 18th-highest. Still, only one of the players ahead of him was within five home runs of his final, MLB-leading total (Boston Red Sox slugger J.D. Martinez).

The A's will have cost certainty with Olson (still under team control) and Piscotty (signed through 2024) for the foreseeable future, but the same can't be said of Davis. 2019 is his final year of arbitration, and he can become an unrestricted free agent in 2020.

Oakland's front office said a payroll increase will happen next season, and a potential Davis extension figures to be part of that. Considering how valuable Davis was this season, paying more per home run would still be money well spent.

A's Khris Davis wins Edgar Martinez Award because he actually was a DH

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A's Khris Davis wins Edgar Martinez Award because he actually was a DH

It turns out playing the position is important for winning a positional award.

A's slugger Khris Davis won the Edgar Martinez Outstanding DH Award Tuesday as the AL's best designated hitter.

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Davis beat out Boston Red Sox DH/outfielder J.D. Martinez for the honors. Earlier this month, though, Martinez edged Davis in winning the AL Silver Slugger as a DH and as an outfielder. 

Martinez had a superior statistical season to Davis overall, save for home runs. But Davis beat Martinez where it mattered. 

He was a better designated hitter. 

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Before your Inner Mike Francesa pipes up and calls Davis a compiler, remember this is an award for designated hitters. Martinez had a historic 2018, and surely would have won the award had he played the position more.

But he didn't, and Davis took home some hardware after a career year of his own.