Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Athletics and OF/DH Khris Davis have avoided arbitration, agreeing on a $10.5 million salary for the 2018 season. Davis was eligible for arbitration for the second of three years.
Davis, 30, set career-highs in home runs (43) and RBI (110) while batting .247/.336/.528 in 652 plate appearances last season. He figures to be the Athletics’ full-time DH in 2018. The A’s may attempt to move him by the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline as well.
The Athletics’ other pending arbitration cases include Marcus Semien, Kendall Graveman, Chris Hatcher, Liam Hendriks, Blake Treinen, and Josh Phegley.
Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Arizona Diamondbacks have signed pitchers Kris Medlen and Antonio Bastardo to minor-league deals. Medlen will make $1.1 million if he breaks camp with the Snakes. Bastardo will earn at $1.5 million if he makes the team.
Medlen hasn’t pitched in the bigs since 2016 and hasn’t pitched effectively in the bigs since 2013 due to multiple Tommy John surgeries and, more recently, shoulder ailments. Last year he put up a 4.95 ERA in 20 games in the Braves’ minor league system. If he’s healthy he could be a depth guy for the Dbacks in the event one of their big league starters go down.
Bastardo pitched in nine games, ineffectively, for the Pirates before being released last season. He didn’t catch on anywhere else after that so, hey, I guess he’s fresh?