Designated hitter Khris Davis often expressed his fondness for Oakland and desire to play for the A’s long term. Thursday, he got his wish.
Davis agreed to terms on a contract extension through the 2021 season.
The Chronicle’s Susan Slusser was first to report that Davis will receive $16.75 million in 2020 and 2021. He’s making $16.5 million this year, which amounts to $50 million over the three seasons, the second-largest contract in A’s history.
The largest was Eric Chavez’s six-year, $66 million deal, which he signed in 2004.
“Oakland has been a special place for me since I arrived,” Davis said, according to a team news release. “I love playing here in front of our fans, and my teammates make this feel like a family. I never hid the fact that I wanted to stay in Oakland because that is how I feel, and I’m glad that I can continue to call the city of Oakland my baseball home. This team has a bright future, and I’m thrilled to be a part of it.”
Davis, 31, has hit 143 home runs since the start of 2017, most in the majors and 14 more than runner-up Giancarlo Stanton. This year, he has 10 homers in 20 games.
The A’s acquired Davis from Milwaukee on Feb. 12, 2016, for prospects Jacob Nottingham and Bubba Derby.
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“Khris is a special talent who has made a tremendous impact both on and off the field during his time here,” said Billy Beane, executive vice president of baseball operations. “He’s become one of the most beloved players to have worn an A’s uniform, and his commitment to Oakland has never wavered. He made it clear from the beginning that he wants to play, and win, right here. We’re thrilled that Khris will continue to be an A.”
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