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.

Cubs sign sinkerballer Steve Cishek

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Cubs have signed reliever Steve Cishek. No details about the deal are known yet. For what it’s worth, most relievers are signing two-year deals so far this winter and Cishek’s last deal was a two-year pact.

Cishek, 31-year-old sidearmer who throws a surprisingly fast sinkerball, posted a 2.01 ERA and a 41/14 K/BB ratio and allowed just 26 hits in 44.2 innings between the Mariners and Rays last season. He saved 25 games for the M’s in 2016. Last year he missed the first month and a half of the season following hip surgery, but seemed pretty healthy later in the year.

A nice pickup for Chicago.