Khris Davis and the A’s went to arbitration today. David won. He’ll make $5 million in 2017 rather than the $4.65 million salary suggested submitted by the Athletics.
Davis, who is 29, set career highs with 42 homers and 102 RBI in 2016. While his on-base percentage was a poor.306, counting stats have always carried more weight with arbitrators. Either way, he was still a valuable hitter, posting a slugging percentage of .524 and an OPS+ of 126.
It was Davis’ first year of arbitration eligibility. This will be a key year for him: another strong campaign will set him up for a long term deal, from the A’s or someone else. A poor one and he could be non-tendered next year due to the A’s not wanting to give him a raise over the $5 million he’ll make in 2017.
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.
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.