​The Oakland Athletics are keeping one of their core pieces around, as they've signed slugging outfielder Khris Davis to a two-year contract extension that will keep him in the Bay Area through the 2021 season.

Davis will earn $16.75 million in each year of the deal, making it $33.5 million in total.

Davis would've been a free agent following the 2019 season, so it was important for Oakland to get this done if they wanted to keep him around. Davis has been vocal about wanting to stick around, which you can understand, since he first became an elite, .247-hitting power hitter as a member of the A's.

Davis made this statement following the announcement:

“Oakland has been a special place for me since I arrived. 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.”

The 31-year-old ​came over to Oakland back in February 2016 from Milwaukee, and from there, his game went to another level. In three consecutive years with the A's, Davis has mashed more than 40 home runs, and is already leading the league in this young season with 10.

Oh, and in four consecutive seasons, including his last with the Brewers, ​Davis has batted exactly .247. No joke. I wonder if he has any incentives in this new deal if he hits .247 again or goes over?