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A's Khris Davis would like to stay with A's several years

2 years 4 months 1 day ago Sunday, February 17 2019 Feb 17, 2019 February 17, 2019 9:33 AM February 17, 2019 in Sports - AP - National

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 years.

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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