Khris Davis hits .247 for fourth consecutive season

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There’s consistency, and then there’s what Khris Davis is doing. After going 0-for-2 in Sunday’s regular season finale, a 5-4 walk-off loss to the Angels, Davis ends the 2018 season batting .247. It’s the fourth consecutive season he has batted exactly .247.

.247 isn’t a particularly good batting average. The MLB average this year is .248. It was .255 in 2016-17, and .254 in ’15. If we extend Davis’ batting averages out a couple more decimal places, it looks like this:

  • 2015: .24745 (97 hits in 392 at-bats)
  • 2016: .24685 (137 in 555)
  • 2017: .24735 (140 in 566)
  • 2018: .24653 (142 in 576)

Per Ben Ross of NBC Sports Bay Area, Davis is the first player in baseball history to hit for the same batting average (rounded to three decimal places) four seasons in a row.

Davis also ends the regular season leading the majors in home runs with 48. He’s the first Athletics player to lead the league in homers since Mark McGwire hit 52 in 1996.

Guardians trade OF Will Benson to Reds for OF Justin Boyd

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CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Guardians traded outfielder Will Benson to the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday for outfielder Justin Boyd.

The defending AL Central champions also will get a player to be named from the Reds in the swap.

Cincinnati drafted Boyd in the second round last year out of Oregon State. He led the Pac-12 with a .373 batting average and 24 steals in 2022. The 21-year-old batted .203 in 73 at-bats for Class-A Daytona.

The 6-foot-5 Benson spent 28 games with the Guardians last season, batting .182 with three RBIs in 28 games. The 24-year-old struggled at the plate, striking out 19 times in just 55 at-bats.

Benson was once considered one of Cleveland’s top outfield prospects, but has since been surpassed by Steven Kwan, Oscar Gonzalez and Will Brennan.