Royals sign lefty Doug Davis to minor league deal

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From Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star comes word that the Royals have agreed to terms on a minor league contract with left-hander Doug Davis.

Davis will report to extended spring training in Arizona and spend a few weeks working out there before joining the rotation at Triple-A Omaha.

A 36-year-old former 10th-round pick, he failed to attract free agent interest this winter and spring after registering a 6.50 ERA, 1.86 WHIP and 36/26 K/BB ratio across 45 2/3 innings (nine starts) last year for the Cubs.

The Royals could give Davis a shot in the majors eventually if he gets off to a nice start on the farm.

Kansas City’s staff ERA was 4.85 entering play Saturday, which ranked 27th among the 30 MLB teams.

Red Sox trade Roenis Elias back to the Mariners

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The Boston Red Sox announced this afternoon that they’ve traded lefty Roenis Elias to the Seattle Mariners for a player to be named later or cash.

Boston had acquired Elias in the same trade that netted them reliever Carson Smith in exchange for Wade Miley and Jonathan Aro back in December of 2015. Since that time Elias has not been a part of the Red Sox’ plans, pitching in just four big league games — eight innings total — in all of 2016 and 2017 and not making an appearance for the big club this season. He was pretty solid for Pawtucket in 2016 but 2017 was largely lost to injuries.

Now he’s headed back to Seattle where, once upon a time, Elias posted a 3.85 ERA in 29 starts as a rookie for the Mariners.