The Red Sox acquired outfielder Rajai Davis from the Oakland Athletics. Boston is sending minor league outfielder Rafael Rincones to the A’s in exchange. Boston designated Steve Selsky to clear spot on the roster.
Davis’ overall numbers on the year are poor — he’s hitting .233/.294/.353 with five homers and 26 stolen bases — but he’s been hot in the second half, hitting .303/.361/.487 with three homers and 11 steals in 13 attempts since the All-Star break. Last year, of course, he led the league in stolen bases with 43 and was a hero in Game 7 of the World Series, hitting a homer off of Aroldis Chapman to tie the game and send it into extra innings. Davis will be valuable for Boston as a pinch runner and a useful bat against lefties down the stretch and in the postseason.
Rincones just turned 18 and is still playing in the Dominican Summer League, so who knows what the A’s have in him. Mostly, I suspect, they were acquiring the money they would’ve have to pay Davis in the final month of the one year, $6 million deal they gave him this past offseason.