Saturday, February 13, 2016

Hot Stove Update: A's Get Khris Davis in Trade

The A's made a last minute trade before the start of spring training, acquiring OF Khris Davis from the Milwaukee Brewers for catching prospect Jacob Nottingham and pitching prospect Bubby Derby.  Here's a quick breakdown of the players involved:

Khris Davis, OF.  B-R, T-R.  DOB:  12/21/1987.  5'11", 190 lbs.

2015:  .247/.323/.505, 27 HR, 6 SB, 10.0 BB%, 27.7 K%, 440 PA.

Davis is a 3-true outcomes hitter of the type Billy Beane loves.  He gives the A's some much needed pop in their lineup.  He's not much of a fielder, but Billy seems to have lost interest in defensive metrics of late.  The concern with Davis coming to Oakland is he racked up those 27 dingers in a fairly extreme hitter's park and he's not worth much without the dingerz.   His contract is controlled for the next 4 seasons.

Jacob Nottingham, C.  B-R, T-R.  DOB:  4/3/1995.  6'3", 200 lbs.

Low A(Astros):  .326/.387/.543, 18 2B, 10 HR, 7.1 BB%, 20.2 K%, 253 PA.
A+(Astros):  .324/.368/.606, 6 2B, 4 HR, 3.9 BB%, 13.2 K%, 76 PA.
A+(A's):  .299/.352/.409, 9 2B, 3 HR, 6.6 BB%, 20.9 K%, 182 PA.

Nottingham is from my hometown of Redlands, CA.  He had a breakout season at the plate in 2015.  The rap is he may not stick as a catcher, but if he can keep the bat going, it's good enough to play even at 1B.  He gives the Brewers a potential longterm replacement for Jonathan Lucroy.

Bowdien "Bubby" Derby, RHP.  2/24/1994.  5'10", 180 lbs.

R:  0-1, 6.75, 2.2 IP, 6.75 K/9, 0 BB/9.
SS:  1-0, 0.78, 34.2 IP, 11.68 K/9, 2.60 BB/9.

Drafted out of San Diego St.  Nice pro debut but has a way to go.  Relatively low ceiling.

Overall, this trade meets the needs of both teams.  I will give both solid B's on the deal.

In other Hot Stove news, Mets RHP Jenrry Mejia drew a lifetime suspension for his 3'rd PED bust.  He continues to insist that he is as surprised as anyone and has no idea how the + pee test happened.  Gotta wonder about the mental health of a guy in that situation.

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