The Athletics gave slugger Khris Davis a healthy one-year deal this offseason, but Davis wants to stay in Oakland for longer than that. He also realizes the A’s haven’t been known for retaining their players during the last 20 years.
Davis will make $16.5 million this season, after leading the A’s to the playoffs for the first time in four years. But hitting 48 home runs and amassing 123 RBI didn’t get Davis the security he desires.
“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, according to The Associated Press. “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.”
“I’d like to be here. I hope something gets done. 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.”
The Athletics are famous for their frugality. The franchise has still produced winning teams sporadically this millennium due to the leadership of Executive Vice President, Billy Beane. Beane was the club’s general manager in years past, pioneering the popular “Moneyball” method of searching for overlooked value in major league prospects. Much of the strategy involves trading players like Davis for prospects.
Making matters worse for fans, the team has been unsuccessful in finding a new stadium. There is some movement for a new ballpark in Oakland, but any new structure is at least four to five years away from being completed. Billionaire owner, John Fisher, hasn’t shown he’s ready to spend top dollar on his club, presumably until he builds a new ballyard.
So Davis is left to worry about his long-term contract situation. It’s a bitter pill to swallow for fans of the team. They’re unfortunately used to it. But Davis’ production and desire for a three-year deal, as opposed to a longer-term contract, make a deal feasible — especially if the A’s do well, as Davis is hoping for.