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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.
 

A's closer Liam Hendriks a finalist for AL Reliever of the Year award

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A's closer Liam Hendriks a finalist for AL Reliever of the Year award

A's closer Liam Hendriks is one of three finalists for the Mariano Rivera American League Reliever of the Year Award.

Hendriks is joined by Astros closer Roberto Osuna and Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman. The NL finalists are Josh Hader, Will Smith, and Kirby Yates.

Hendriks, 30, enjoyed a breakout season in 2019, recording a 1.80 ERA and 0.96 WHIP. The right-hander notched 124 strikeouts in 85 innings, an A's franchise record for relievers, compared to just 21 walks.

Hendriks took over closing duties from Blake Treinen in the middle of the season and finished with 25 saves, along with eight holds. His 124 punchouts led AL relief pitchers and his 1.80 ERA ranked second among AL relievers with at least 40 innings.

Osuna posted a 2.63 ERA and 0.88 WHIP, with 73 strikeouts in 65 innings. Chapman finished with a 2.21 ERA and 1.11 WHIP, striking out 85 in 57 innings.

[RELATED: Hendriks' energy a big part of A's success]

The voting will be conducted by a panel of eight all-time great relief pitchers: Mariano Rivera, Trevor Hoffman, Dennis Eckersley, Rollie Fingers, Bruce Sutter, Lee Smith, John Franco, and Billy Wagner. Both the AL and NL awards will be presented on October 26, before Game 4 of the World Series.

Why A's should move on from Robbie Grossman in final arbitration year

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Why A's should move on from Robbie Grossman in final arbitration year

Editor's note: Over the next two weeks, we will examine 10 A's players who may or may not return to Oakland next season. For each player, we will provide reasons why the A's should bring him back and reasons why they should not, followed by a final determination.

Robbie Grossman, OF

Contract: Final year of arbitration (projected to get $3.3 million after earning $2 million this season)

Reasons to bring him back

Grossman provides versatility as a switch-hitter who can play all three outfield positions. He also has a strong record of reaching base, maintaining a .351 on-base percentage throughout his career.

The A's lineup is extremely right-handed heavy and they could certainly use another left-handed bat, particularly in the outfield. For $3.3 million, Grossman could add some value as a fourth or fifth outfielder.

Reasons to let him go

Grossman is coming off his worst season since 2015, hitting just .240/.334/.348 with six home runs and 38 RBI in 138 games. The 30-year-old has never provided much power, averaging just six homers per season in his career, with a high of 11 in 2016.

Oakland already has a crowded outfield with Ramón Laureano, Mark Canha, Stephen Piscotty, and Chad Pinder. The A's also have Dustin Fowler, Skye Bolt, and Seth Brown awaiting their opportunity in the minor leagues. Grossman isn't necessarily an upgrade over any of those names.

Final verdict

Due to their excellent outfield depth, the A's should move on without Grossman in 2020. That $3.3 million could be better spent in other areas -- relief pitching, as an example.

[RELATED: A's stay or go candidate for 2020 season: Josh Phegley]

If Grossman were to return, he would almost certainly be a bench player, and as we've noted, Oakland has plenty of other options to fill those fourth and fifth outfielder roles for far less than $3.3 million.