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Rajai Davis signs with the A’s on a one-year deal

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The Oakland A’s announced last night that they have signed Rajai Davis to a one-year, $6 million deal.

Davis, who led the AL in stolen bases last year, his lone year in Cleveland, was previously with the A’s between 2008-10. He’s 36 and, stolen bases and that big homer off of Aroldis Chapman in Game 7 of the World Series notwithstanding, had a poor offensive season. His line was .249/.306/.388, which worked out to an OPS+ of 78.

He’s probably better served in a part time role and given his poor on-base percentage he doesn’t seem like a good leadoff hitter, even with the stolen bases. A strange move for Oakland, really. You have to wonder if they’re hoping he starts quickly and can be flipped for something.

The Red Sox are calling up Rafael Devers

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Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox are calling up third base prospect Rafael Devers. He’ll be in Seattle for the start of the three-game set between the Sox and Mariners.

Devers, 20, is the top prospect in the Boston system according to MLB Pipeline. He has spent most of his season with Double-A Portland, where he hit .300/.369/.575 with 18 home runs and 56 RBI in 320 plate appearances. He was promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket after the All-Star break. In eight games with Pawtucket, Devers hit .355/.412/.581 with two home runs and four RBI.

There is still just over a week until the non-waiver trade deadline, but perhaps the Red Sox seem confident Devers can be the answer to the third base problem.

Stephen Strasburg exited Sunday’s start with an apparent injury

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It’s not a good day if you’re a star starting pitcher. First Clayton Kershaw, now Stephen Strasburg. The Nationals’ right-hander lasted only two innings in Sunday’s start against the Diamondbacks, leaving with an apparent injury. Strasburg held the D-Backs to a hit and three walks with two strikeouts without allowing a run. Matt Grace relieved him in the third inning.

Including Strasburg’s two innings on Sunday, he’s carrying a 3.25 ERA with a 141/37 K/BB ratio in 121 2/3 innings.

The Nationals should pass along word on Strasburg’s condition shortly.