Red Sox acquire Rajai Davis from Oakland

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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.

Clayton Kershaw returning to Dodgers on 1-year, $20M deal

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LOS ANGELES — Clayton Kershaw will pitch for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2023 after signing a one-year, $20 million deal.

For the second straight year, the Dodgers didn’t extend a qualifying offer to the three-time Cy Young Award winner. Instead, they gave him additional time to mull his future, and he once again decided to stay with the only franchise he’s ever played for during his 15-year major league career.

The 34-year-old left-hander was 12-3 with 2.28 ERA in 22 starts last season. He struck out 137 and walked 23. Kershaw made his ninth All-Star team and started the Midsummer Classic for the first time in his career at Dodger Stadium.

Last April, he became the franchise’s all-time strikeout leader with 2,697. He reached 2,800 strikeouts in his last start of the regular season on Oct. 5 against Colorado. Kershaw ranks 24th all-time with 2,807.

Kershaw has a career record of 197-87 with a 2.48 ERA. He won his only World Series title in 2020, when the Dodgers beat Tampa Bay during the pandemic-shortened season.