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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 2019 projections: Khris Davis will continue huge home run numbers

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A's 2019 projections: Khris Davis will continue huge home run numbers

Editor's note: Over the next few weeks, NBC Sports California will be analyzing a different A's player each day to project their numbers for next season.

Khris Davis has been more consistent than rush-hour traffic on the Bay Bridge.

The 31-year-old has recorded a .247 batting average in an unprecedented four consecutive seasons.

Davis' power numbers have also been remarkably consistent, although he has improved each and every year. In his first season with the A's, he tallied 42 home runs and 102 RBI. Those totals climbed to 43 and 110 in 2017, followed by a league-leading 48 homers and 123 RBI last season.

Davis' OPS has increased each season as well, climbing from .828 in 2015 all the way to .874 last season. A's manager Bob Melvin has said he believes Davis is becoming a better all-around hitter every year.

While he strikes out a lot, Davis has improved his plate discipline over the last three seasons, resulting in more walks and hitter's counts. He has always used the entire field, displaying opposite field power we haven't seen in decades.

So what can we expect from the A's slugger in 2019? Baseball-Reference predicts a slight drop-off to 37 home runs and 97 RBI with a .243 batting average. Quite frankly, we think that's crazy.

Davis has shown no signs of slowing down, and at the age of 31, he is right in the middle of his prime. Now obviously, we know he will hit .247 again, but we expect more walks next season, resulting in a .340 on-base percentage, which would be his best since 2013.

We also believe 2019 will be the year Davis surpasses 50 home runs and a career-high 125 RBI. No pressure, KD.

Projection: .247/.340/.558, 51 HR, 125 RBI

Khris Davis contract extension 'an ongoing conversation' with A's

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Khris Davis contract extension 'an ongoing conversation' with A's

LAS VEGAS -- While the A's focus at the 2018 MLB Winter Meetings understandably is on free agents, they haven't forgotten about their most valuable player.

Khris Davis is set to become a free agent after next season, and A's general manager David Forst said Monday that the team still is discussing a contract extension.

"It continues to be an ongoing conversation," he said. "Khris is going to be here in 2019 no matter what, so the sense of urgency right now is making sure we build the rest of the roster. But Khris is a huge priority for us, and that conversation is always ongoing."

Davis earned a team-high $10.5 million last season, and he's expected to receive a major raise in arbitration. MLB Trade Rumors projects the number to be $18.1 million.

While completing next year's roster is the focus right now, Forst has made it clear to Davis that he is a top priority.

"His representatives know," Forst said. "Not that much time has passed since the last time I talked to Khris' representatives. So it is constantly ongoing."

Davis, 30, has recorded 40 or more home runs and 100 or more RBI in each of his last three seasons, joining Hall of Famer Jimmie Foxx as the only two players in A's history to accomplish the feat. Since 2016, Davis leads all of baseball with 133 homers.

"I envision myself winning a championship in Oakland," Davis told NBC Sports California last season. "We've got a great group of guys I like to be around and just grow with them on a daily basis. I like where I'm at right now."