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.
Fellow second basemen Javier Baez of the Cubs and D.J. LeMahieu of the Rockies got into a disagreement in the top of the third inning of Sunday’s game at Coors Field over sign-stealing.
LeMahieu reached on a fielder’s choice ground out, then advanced to second base on Charlie Blackmon‘s single. While Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story were batting, Baez was concerned that LeMahieu was relaying the Cubs’ signs to his teammates. Baez decided to stand in front of LeMahieu to block any information he might have been giving to Arenado and Story. LeMahieu got irritated and the two jawed at each other for a bit. Umpires Vic Carapazza and Greg Gibson had to intervene to tell Baez to knock it off.
There has always been a back-and-forth with alleged sign-stealing. As long as teams aren’t using technology to steal signs, it’s fair game for players to relay information to their teammates about the opposing team’s signs. Last year, MLB determined the Red Sox went against the rules and used technology — an Apple watch in this case — to steal signs from the Yankees. Other teams in the past have been accused of using binoculars from the bullpen to steal signs. In this particular case with Baez and LeMahieu, there was no foul play going on, just Baez trying to make the Rockies cede what he perceived to be their slight competitive advantage.
The Cubs went on to beat the Rockies 9-7 on Sunday.