Royals sign lefty Doug Davis to minor league deal

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From Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star comes word that the Royals have agreed to terms on a minor league contract with left-hander Doug Davis.

Davis will report to extended spring training in Arizona and spend a few weeks working out there before joining the rotation at Triple-A Omaha.

A 36-year-old former 10th-round pick, he failed to attract free agent interest this winter and spring after registering a 6.50 ERA, 1.86 WHIP and 36/26 K/BB ratio across 45 2/3 innings (nine starts) last year for the Cubs.

The Royals could give Davis a shot in the majors eventually if he gets off to a nice start on the farm.

Kansas City’s staff ERA was 4.85 entering play Saturday, which ranked 27th among the 30 MLB teams.

Video: Javier Báez jukes David Freese to avoid tag at first base

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Cubs shortstop Javier Báez pulled off one of the best jukes you’ll see, avoiding the tag from David Freese on a play at first base in the second inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Dodgers. Báez barely made contact with a Kenta Maeda pitch well outside the strike zone, tapping it towards Freese. Báez halted his momentum, juking Freese while he attempted to apply the tag, then dove into first base.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts attempted to argue that Báez went out of the baseline, but the umpires’ no-call stood and Báez had himself a single. He would end up stranded on base, unfortunately for him and the Cubs.