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The A’s signed five arbitration-eligible players to one-year contracts Friday, with designated hitter and outfielder Khris Davis getting a record haul, but they could be headed to a hearing with closer Blake Treinen.
The A’s agreed to pay Davis $16.5 million, a source confirmed, the highest single-season salary in team history and a $6 million raise from last season, when he led the majors with 48 home runs.
Eric Chavez owned the record of $12.5 million, which he earned in 2010.
The club also announced deals with outfielder Mark Canha ($2.05 million), infielders Jurickson Profar ($3.6 million) and Marcus Semien, and starter Sean Manaea. The salary figures for Semien and Manaea were not immediately known.
Treinen did not sign before Friday’s deadline for teams and players to submit salary proposals for potential arbitration hearings.
Treinen earned $2.15 million in a breakout 2018 season for the A’s. He became one of the majors’ most dominating closers, with a 0.78 ERA, a 0.83 WHIP and 38 saves for a team that earned an American League wild-card playoff berth.
MLB Trade Rumors’ arbitration analysts, who are usually spot on, estimate Treinen would earn $5.8 million in arbitration for 2019.
Friday’s deadline does not preclude the sides from reaching an agreement before a scheduled hearing date.
This was Davis’ final year of arbitration eligibility. He will be a free agent after 2019, unless he and the A’s sign an extension beforehand.
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