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.
Slugger Khris Davis and the Oakland A’s are in agreement on a two-year, $33.5 million deal, league sources tell ESPN.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) April 18, 2019
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.
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.