Athletics hire Chili Davis as hitting coach

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According to Maureen Mullen of CSNNE.com, the Athletics have hired Chili Davis as hitting coach. Imagine my excitement when this story broke while I was in the process of eating some turkey chili. It’s fate, I tell you.

Davis, who turns 52 in January, served as hitting coach with Triple-A Pawtucket in the Red Sox organization this past season. He had a .274 batting average and 350 home runs over 19 seasons with the Giants, Angels, Twins, Yankees, and Royals. He was also teammates with A’s manager Bob Melvin with San Francisco from 1986-87.

Gerald Perry was fired as A’s hitting coach after Oakland finished 12th in the American League this season in both OPS and runs scored.

The Tigers decline Anibal Sanchez’s 2018 option

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From the “this does not surprise us in the very least” department, Tigers GM Al Avila announced today that the club is declining its $16 million option on right-hander Anibal Sanchez.

Sanchez had a terrible year in 2017, going 3-7 with a 6.41 ERA in 2017. That’s a long slide down from his 2013 season, in which he won the AL ERA title, going 14-8 and posting an ERA of 2.57 in the first year of his five-year, $80 million deal. Since then he’s gone 28-35 with a 5.15 ERA. He never started 30 games or more over the course of the contract.

The declination of the option does come with a nice parting gift for Sanchez: a $5 million buyout. Which is pretty dang high for a buyout, but that’s how the Tigers rolled three or four years ago.