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Khris Davis agrees to contract extension with A's through 2021 season

Khris Davis agrees to contract extension with A's through 2021 season

The A's are committing to designated hitter Khris Davis for two more seasons, the team announced Thursday:

ESPN's Jeff Passan reported the deal is worth $33.5 million over two years, keeping the slugger in Oakland through the 2021 season.

NBC Sports California confirmed Passan's report. 

"Oakland has been a special place for me since I arrived,” Davis said in a press release. “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."

He wasn't the only one looking forward to his future with the team.

"This is a great day for everyone here with the A's and everybody who follows the A's because we're going to have Khris Davis around for a few more years," executive vice president of baseball operations Billy Beane said as part of the announcement. 

"Khris is a special talent who has made a tremendous impact both on and off the field during his time here,” Beane added in a press release. “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.”

Davis has said before he wanted to stay with Oakland and his wish has come true. He envisions himself winning a championship with the team and he likes where he is -- which is great news for fans, and, of course, the A's.

Manager Bob Melvin has spoken to Davis and the 31-year-old has expressed to the skipper that he loves playing in the green and gold.

"Such a big part of this team, so embraced by the community, loved by the players -- obviously his numbers and what he's done with the team speaks for itself -- just the perfect guy to be extended," Melvin said.

Since coming to the A's in 2016, Davis boasts a .247/322/.539 slash line with 143 home runs and 355 RBI.

He led the majors in home runs last season with 48 long balls and is currently leading the league with 10 home runs this season.

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The A's are celebrating Davis by offering two-for-one tickets during the A's series against the Blue Jays from Friday to Sunday. Two dollars from every ticket sold will benefit Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area.

The team will hold a press conference with Davis, Melvin, and general manager David Forst on Friday at 2:00 pm PT at the Coliseum. 

Source: Free agent second baseman Eric Sogard interested in A's return

Source: Free agent second baseman Eric Sogard interested in A's return

Having a lefty bat at the second base position continues to be one of the A's main focuses this offseason

That could mean reuniting with Eric Sogard. A source tells NBC Sports California the 34-year-old is open to returning to Oakland.

Sogard, currently a free agent, had an exceptional campaign in 2019 slashing .290/.353/.457 with 13 homers across 110 games with the Blue Jays and the Rays. He was part of the Tampa Bay squad that came to the AL Wild-Card Game in Oakland and celebrated in the visitors' clubhouse.

A's fans remember the outcome of that. 

The second baseman spent six seasons with the A's from 2010-15 where he accumulated a .239 average with eight home runs and 105 RBI. 

The A's traded second baseman Jurickson Profar to the Padres on Dec. 2, so they have a need at the position.

Despite picking up a talented second baseman during Thursday's Rule 5 Draft, the team will still seek a more prominent starter at the position. 

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The A's reportedly are interested in bringing current Mets second baseman Jed Lowrie back for the third time -- but there are 10 million reasons as to why the Mets wouldn't make a trade.

Did we mention Sogard bats left-handed yet?

2019 MLB Rule 5 Draft: A's lose Mark Payton, acquire minor leaguers

2019 MLB Rule 5 Draft: A's lose Mark Payton, acquire minor leaguers

As teams headed down south to the Winter Meetings in San Diego, the two main goals for the A's appeared to be finding a left-handed bat at second base, as well as continuing conversations with relief pitchers.

While the A's didn't make any huge acquisitions during the meetings, the 2019 Rule 5 Draft came and went as it does every year. With that, Oakland selected three players in the minor-league phase of the draft and had a couple more transactions as well.

Second baseman Vimael Machin was acquired from the Phillies for cash considerations. He will be competing for a roster spot.

The 26-year-old slashed .295/.390/.412 with seven home runs and 65 RBI across the Double and Triple-A teams in the Chicago Cubs organization last season. 

Jason Krizan was selected from the Mets during the Triple-A phase. The 30-year-old outfielder hit .275 across two teams last season. 

The Athletic's prospect writer Emily Waldon says he's going to be a solid addition to the A's organization.

"His walk rate has always been impressive," Waldon told NBC Sports California. "He doesn't have a ton of swing and misses, with some raw power, with eight to ten home run seasons. He's also a dependable defender with a good veteran presence." Waldon also joked Krizan has "80-grade sarcasm."

The A's also selected catcher Jose Colina, who put up some massive numbers with the Arizona League Indians Blue after signing with Cleveland as a minor-league free agent in June. The 21-year-old slashed .372/.443/.744 with eight homers and 20 RBI.

Right-handed pitcher Deivy Mendez rounds the group out. In 25 appearances across Single-A and Short-A last season with the Padres organization, he went 2-1 with six saves and a 4.20 ERA, striking out 33. 

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The Cincinnati Reds selected outfielder Mark Payton, who was claimed off waivers by the A's in December of 2018. Payton was selected during the major league phase of the draft which, according to Waldon, has the A's losing some muscle at the plate.

However, scouts reportedly didn't see the 28-year-old "doing a great deal outside of filling some needs." That power is what has gotten the most talk around Payton. 

Payton took advantage of the PCL last season with Triple-A Las Vegas and slashed .334/.400/.653 with 30 home runs and 97 RBI in 118 games.