The latest on A’s possible extension for Khris Davis

David Forst continues to discuss multi-year deal with slugger

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – AUGUST 23: Khris Davis #2 of the Oakland Athletics celebrates as he rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against the Minnesota Twins during the second inning of the game on August 23, 2018 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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OAKLAND — Khris Davis has clobbered 133 home runs over the past three seasons, the most of any player in baseball over that span.

The 2018 home run king has been rewarded this offseason with a $16.5 million salary for the upcoming season, but that’s not enough for some A’s fans. They’d like to see the 31-year-old slugger locked up for years to come, and so would A’s management.

A’s GM David Forst has maintained a conversation with Davis and his agent about a possible contract extension since last month’s winter meetings, and those conversations have only grown now that they’ve got him locked up for the 2019 season. With the season coming up, a time that is generally tougher to get such extensions done, Forst wouldn’t rule anything out when it comes to striking a deal with the fan favorite.

“We never put guidelines on something like that,” Forst said. “We have continued that conversation and certainly, through spring training we’re open to it. It’s up to the player if they want to continue it during the season, but it continues to be an ongoing conversation.

“We got the one-year number done and thrilled that we did. Khris certainly earned that salary, he knows that conversation is continuing.”

Davis has no shortage of support for an extension from his teammates. It’s Davis’ lack of ego usually oozing out of top sluggers that epitomizes what the A’s clubhouse is about, making him a team leader as the team reached the playoffs last season for the first time since 2014.

“He definitely fits in with the group of guys we have,” A’s pitcher Sean Manaea said. “Nobody is selfish and having a guy like that who is a superstar-caliber player still being as humble as he is makes it that much better.”

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