1B - OAK
1B Matt Olson agreed to a one-year, $5 million contract with the Athletics Wednesday.
Olson was expected to be tendered and will remain in Oakland on a one-year deal. He struggled to keep his batting average over the Mendoza line in 2019-20, slashing .195/.310/.424. Olson has elite power as he crushed 14 home runs over 60 games last season. The 27-year-old is an excellent bounce-back candidate for 2021.
Matt Olson went 1-for-4 with a solo home run and a walk in the A's 9-7 victory over the Astros in Game 3 of the ALDS on Wednesday.
Olson drilled his second homer of the postseason off Jose Urquidy in the top of the fourth inning to put the A's up 3-2. It was his only hit of the contest but he also drew a walk. The first baseman is batting just .105 with a .713 OPS to go along with two home runs and three RBI over 19 at-bats this postseason.
Matt Olson went 1-for-3 with a solo home run, two runs scored, and a walk as the A's fell to the Astros 10-5 in Game 1 of the ALDS on Monday.
Olson cracked a shot to right center, his first of the postseason, off Lance McCullers Jr. in the bottom of the fourth inning to retake the lead 4-3. He reached base via a walk and scored off of a Khris Davis home run earlier in the contest. The first baseman has struggled through four games so far this post season with a 0.83/.313/.333 batting line.
Matt Olson went a combined 3-for-6 with three singles in Oakland's doubleheader against the Mariners on Saturday.
Oakland didn't put up much offense in either game on Saturday but Olson was one of their more consistent performers. The multi-hit effort still has him hitting below .200 on the year, though. He's slashing .199/.313/.432 with a team-high 14 home runs and 42 RBI across 206 at-bats. The counting stats are what you'd like to see but the rate stats have been a perplexing narrative this season for the first baseman.
Matt Olson went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run and three strikeouts as the A's blanked the Giants 6-0 on Friday.
Olson whiffed in his other three at-bats but the dinger, his 14th of the year, did more than enough damage. It's been a wacky year for the first baseman, who's been a disappointment in the averages department, slashing just .191/.308/.454 across 183 at-bats with an unlucky .200 BABIP. But he's made his hits count with a team-leading 14 home runs and 41 RBI, which is good for seventh best in all of baseball.