Athletics general manager David Forst confirmed Friday that Khris Davis will be the club's everyday left fielder in 2016.
That means that Mark Canha and the oft-injured Coco Crisp are going to see their playing time reduced. Davis has gargantuan power that will play well in any park, though he could witness a small decline in his home run total moving away from Miller Park. The 28-year-old slashed .247/.323/.505 with 27 homers and 66 RBI in 121 games for the Brewers in 2015.
The Dodgers announced that Frankie Montas had surgery on Friday to remove his right first rib.
Montas, the team's #4 ranked prospect, experienced a stress reaction in his rib, which necessitated the surgery. The team expects Montas to make a full recovery, though he'll be sidelined for 2-4 months. While it's a large enough setback to ensure he won't make the Opening Day roster, he should still find himself in Los Angeles, either as a starter or reliever, at some point in 2015.
Brewers general manager David Stearns said in the wake of the Khris Davis trade on Friday that Domingo Santana is the leading candidate to start in left field.
Stearns said that he would need to talk to Brewers manager Craig Counsell first, but with the Brewers in full rebuild mode there's no reason not have the dynamic young outfielder in left field on a daily basis. His fantasy value certainly gets a big bump with an everyday role in the Brewers outfield.
Athletics designated LHP Sean Nolin for assignment.
The 26-year-old southpaw was a part of the package that the A's received from the Blue Jays in exchange for Josh Donaldson last season. He struggled in six starts with the big league club in 2015, posting a 5.28 ERA, 1.62 WHIP and 15/12 K/BB ratio over 29 frames. The move comes as a slight surprise as Nolin was expected to compete for a spot in the starting rotation this spring. He should attract interest on waivers and could very well be on the move again soon.
Brewers acquired RHP Bubba Derby and C Jacob Nottingham from the Athletics for OF Khris Davis.
The 21-year-old right-hander was a sixth-round pick of the Athletics in last June's draft. He posted some impressive numbers in his professional debut, registering a 1.21 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 47/10 K/BB ratio over 37 1/3 innings, primarily at Low-A Vermont.
Brewers acquired C Jacob Nottingham and RHP Bubba Derby from the Athletics for OF Khris Davis.
Nottingham, who was a sixth-round selection of the Astros and went to the A's in last season's Scott Kazmir deal, gives the Brewers a legitimate catching prospect. The 20-year-old backstop slashed .316/.372/.505 with 17 homers and 82 RBI in 119 games across two minor league levels in 2015, finishing at High-A Stockton.
Athletics acquired OF Khris Davis from the Brewers for C Jacob Nottingham and RHP Bubba Derby.
The Brewers have been looking to deal Davis for awhile now and appear to have received a decent return. Nottingham gives them a legitimate catching prospect whose path could soon be cleared if the club is also successful in dealing Jonathan Lucroy. Davis will provide plenty of power in the middle of the A's lineup, though his fantasy value may take a slight hit with the move away from Miller Park.
Yankees and LHP Aroldis Chapman avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $11.325 million contract.
The compromise is slightly in Chapman's favor, as it's $275,000 over the midpoint from where the two sides filed at. The flame-throwing 28-year-old southpaw will make up one of the most dominant bullpen trios in the league, joining Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances. He's expected to begin the season in the closer's role, though he could face disciplinary action from the league under the new domestic violence policy.