02/17 10:28 CST A's Khris Davis would like to stay with A's several years
A's Khris Davis would like to stay with A's several years
By JANIE McCAULEY
AP Baseball Writer
MESA, Ariz. (AP) --- Majors home run leader Khris Davis would like a multiyear
deal from the Oakland Athletics to stay with the franchise at least three more
Oakland general manager David Forst has said signing Davis long-term is a top
priority, but the team spent the offseason putting pieces around the star
outfielder and designated hitter to try to build another consistent contender.
Led by Davis' 48 home runs and career-high 123 RBIs, the A's returned to the
playoffs for the first time in four years.
The slugger received a $6 million raise this offseason to $16.5 million.
"I'd like to be here. I hope something gets done," Davis said before Sunday's
workout. "It's not a good thing being a free agent right now. For my security,
it's going to impact a lot. That's the way the business is. I'm already 31 so I
don't know if I'm too old. There's a lot of things that run through my head.
Who knows. If it happens, it happens."
Manager Bob Melvin had some encouraging things to say in Saturday's team
meeting, and Davis said "it made me feel a little more secure."
"Shoot, I want to stay here at least three more years, but that's a long time
to be an Oakland A. But if anybody can do it I guess it's me, hopefully," Davis
said. "I don't think they'll trade me as long as we're doing good. So we better
do good so I don't get traded."
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