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Athletics, Khris Davis avoid arbitration

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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.

Marcus Stroman: Blue Jays are “f– terrible”

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Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman strugged in Sunday afternoon’s start against the Red Sox, yielding four runs (three earned) over five innings. He fell to 2-7 with a 5.86 ERA. The Jays dropped three of four games to the Sox in the series and now sit with a 43-52 record heading into the All-Star break.

Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun reports that while Stroman was initially cool, calm, and collected when speaking to the media after the game, he eventually snapped. Stroman was asked by a reporter about breaking into professional baseball with short-season Single-A Vancouver in 2012. Stroman yelled at the reporter, noting that his team had just lost to the Red Sox, and called his team “f– terrible.” Keegan Matheson’s account of the situation lines up with Buffery’s as well.

Prior to the outburst, Stroman had just praised his teammates, saying, “My team picks me up a ton. They pick me up all year. I should be able to pitch better in times like that when my team doesn’t have my back. Because they’ve had my back a ton of times. So, love my guys on my team and like I said, I would go to war with them any day.”

Stroman will have off until Friday, so hopefully the time off helps him clear his mind. It has understandably been a frustrating season in Toronto.