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A's, Khris Davis, Marcus Semien, others agree to one-year contracts

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A's, Khris Davis, Marcus Semien, others agree to one-year contracts

The A's announced Friday that they have agreed to one-year contracts with Khris Davis, Marcus Semien, Jurickson Profar, Sean Manaea, and Mark Canha, avoiding arbitration with all five.

Davis, 31, is the headliner of the group. He will reportedly earn $16.5 million, according to Fancred's Jon Heyman. That represents a $6 million raise from last season, but it's $1.6 million less than MLB Trade Rumors' arbitration projection of $18.1 million.

Davis led all of baseball with 48 home runs last season and finished second with 123 RBI, while batting .247 for an unprecedented fourth consecutive season. He is scheduled to become a free agent following the 2019 season.

Semien's deal is reportedly worth $5.9 million, according to USA Today's Bob Nightengale. The 28-year-old earned $3.125 million last season and was projected by MLB Trade Rumors to get $6.6 million in arbitration.

Semien hit .255/.318/.388 with 15 home runs and 70 RBI last season. He also made great strides defensively and was named a Gold Glove Award finalist at shortstop. He still has one more year of arbitration eligibility.

Profar will reportedly earn $3.6 million, according to The Athletic's Robert Murray. The 25-year-old made $1.05 million last season and was projected by MLB Trade Rumors to get $3.4 million in arbitration.

Profar is coming off a breakout season with the Texas Rangers. He slashed .254/.335/.458 with a career-high 20 home runs and 77 RBI. Profar has one more year of arbitration eligibility.

Canha, 29, will earn $2.05 million, a source confirmed to NBC Sports California. Murray first reported the news. Canha was projected by MLB Trade Rumors to get $2.1 million in his first year of arbitration.

Last season, Canha hit .249/.328/.449 with a career-high 17 home runs and 52 RBI. He tore up left-handed pitching, slashing .282/.337/.604 with 13 homers and 28 RBI in 149 at-bats.

Manaea will reportedly earn $3.15 million, according to MLB's Mark Feinsand. He was projected by MLB Trade Rumors to get $3.8 million in his first year of arbitration eligibility. The left-hander is still recovering from shoulder surgery and is expected to be out until at least the All-Star break.

Manaea, 26, went 12-9 with a 3.59 ERA and 1.08 WHIP in 27 starts last year before undergoing his season-ending surgery. He tossed the A's first no-hitter in nearly eight years on April 21 against the eventual World Series champion Boston Red Sox.

[RELATED: Sean Manaea could return from injury by 2019 All-Star break]

All-Star closer Blake Treinen is now the A's only remaining arbitration-eligible player. According to Nightengale, Treinen filed for $6.4 million while the A's submitted $5.6 million. MLB Trade Rumors projected the 30-year-old right-hander to get $5.8 million in arbitration after earning $2.15 million last year.

Treinen is coming off one of the best seasons in MLB history, finishing 9-2 with 38 saves and a 0.78 ERA. He recorded 100 strikeouts in 80 1/3 innings, allowing just 46 hits and 21 walks.
 

Five free agent starting pitchers still available for A's to target

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Five free agent starting pitchers still available for A's to target

It's no secret the A's could use some starting pitching help.

The problem became more dire this week when the team announced talented left-hander Jesús Luzardo would be shut down for four to six weeks with a rotator cuff strain.

Though the season is already underway, there are still several starting pitchers available on the free agent market. Former Cy Young Award winner Dallas Keuchel tops the list, but don't expect the A's to throw massive money his way.

Instead, Oakland may choose to pursue one of these five starters:

Edwin Jackson

Jackson certainly makes the most sense of anyone. The 35-year-old right-hander was the most pleasant of surprises last season. Jackson went 6-3 with a 3.33 ERA in 17 starts and was a key part of the A's clubhouse chemistry.

The two sides have been in contact for much of the offseason but have not been able to come to terms on a deal. That could change now that Jackson and the A's both figure to be a little more desperate.

James Shields 

At the age of 37, Shields is obviously nearing the end of his career, but he figures to get a shot somewhere in the league. The former All-Star went just 7-16 with a 4.53 ERA last season with the White Sox but did pitch over 200 innings.

Shields has a career ERA of 4.01 in 13 seasons. The right-hander would likely fair better on a team like Oakland, especially playing his home games at the pitcher-friendly Coliseum.

Miguel González

González is coming off season-ending rotator cuff surgery, but at just 34 years old he has a chance to bounce back. The right-hander went 8-13 with a 4.62 ERA in 2017, his last full season, but recorded a solid 3.73 ERA the year before.

González has a career ERA of 4.06 in seven major league seasons and could be another pitcher who would benefit from the Coliseum. He will be available for cheap, making him a low-risk signing.

Yovani Gallardo

Gallardo has struggled the past few seasons, but at just 33 years old, he still has time to regain his form. The right-hander has a career ERA of 4.06 in 12 big league seasons.

Gallardo's last productive season came in 2015 with the Texas Rangers. The former All-Star finished that year 13-11 with a 3.42 ERA. Like González, he should be available for a low cost.

[RELATED: A's have options at first base after Olson injury]

Bartolo Colón

Yes, Big Sexy is still going strong at the age of 45. You've got to think someone will take a flier on the former Cy Young Award winner, who will be entering his 22nd major league season.

Colón has 247 career wins and a 4.12 ERA, though he struggled to a 5.78 ERA last season in Texas. But three years ago, the right-hander went 15-8 with a 3.43 ERA and made his fourth career All-Star Game.
 

What Matt Olson injury means for A's offense, defense at first base

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What Matt Olson injury means for A's offense, defense at first base

The A's fears became a reality Friday when Gold Glove first baseman Matt Olson had to undergo surgery on his right hand.

No timetable has been provided for Olson's return, but a 2018 article in the Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine which studied similar procedures suggests he will likely miss three to seven weeks.

This is obviously a huge loss for Oakland. Beyond Olson's terrific defense, the 24-year-old provided tremendous power in the middle of the lineup.

Last season, Olson slashed .247/.335/.453 with 29 home runs and 84 RBI. That production won't be easy to replace, but the A's do have some reasonable options.

Platoon players Mark Canha and Chad Pinder can both play first base, and carry plenty of power in their bats. Canha clubbed 17 home runs and 22 doubles last year in just 365 at-bats. Pinder, meanwhile, hit 28 homers in 580 at-bats over the last two seasons.

Another option for the A's is to move Jurickson Profar to first base -- where he played 24 games last year -- and start Franklin Barreto at second. Barreto is coming off a terrific spring, hitting .375 (12-for-32) with a home run, four doubles, three RBI, five walks, and eight runs scored.

Barreto now has a great chance to make the 25-man roster in Olson's place. The 23-year-old has long been considered one of the A's top prospects, but has never had a chance to get consistent playing time in the big leagues. Oakland moved him from second base to the outfield this spring, but now a return to second makes sense.

[RELATED: Can A's regroup after rough beginning to season?]

The A's are fortunate to have enough offensive depth to survive the loss of Olson, but the biggest impact will likely show up on defense. Olson's height and scooping ability at first base will be incredibly hard to replace.

Nonetheless, Oakland showed the ability to overcome injury adversity last season. The A's just have to do it again this year.