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A's agree to one-year deal with OF Rajai Davis

A's agree to one-year deal with OF Rajai Davis

The dawn of a new year has brought the A’s a new center fielder.

Free agent Rajai Davis has agreed to a one-year contract, the A's announced Tuesday evening. The deal is worth $6 million, a source with knowledge of the situation confirmed to CSN California. This will be Davis’ second stint in green and gold. He spent 2008-10 with the A’s, stealing a career-high 50 bases in 2010.

Presumably, he’ll slot in as the everyday center fielder and quite possibly will also be the primary leadoff hitter for manager Bob Melvin. The A’s have needs at both spots.

At age 36, he remains one of the American League’s fastest players and stole a league-high 43 bases last season. But he also hit one of the most memorable homers in recent postseason memory in the World Series with the Indians, lining a game-tying two-run blast off the Cubs’ Aroldis Chapman, though Chicago eventually won the game and the title.

Davis slashed .249/.306/.388 last season. He drew just 33 walks and is no on-base machine, as indicated by his career .314 OBP. But he remains a big threat on the bases, and the A’s couldn’t afford to be too choosy given their need in center and the lack of quality options still available on the free agent market.

They talked to the Kansas City Royals last month about a trade for Jarrod Dyson but that never came to fruition. Davis is an affordable, short-term answer, but the A’s still lack a long-term solution for center field. Given that, they could continue pursuing a younger player for the position via trade.

With Davis added to the current roster makeup, a potential starting outfield could have him in center, flanked by Khris Davis in left and Matt Joyce and/or Mark Canha in right. Khris Davis also figures to get time at DH. Still in the outfield mix are Jake Smolinski and Brett Eibner, who split center field last season after the trades of Billy Burns and Coco Crisp.

To make room for Davis on the 40-man roster, the A's designated infielder Max Muncy for assignment.

News of the agreement between Davis and the A's was first reported by Yahoo!'s Jeff Passan.

A's streak snapped in Texas despite Graveman's best start of season

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A's streak snapped in Texas despite Graveman's best start of season

BOX SCORE

ARLINGTON -- Isiah Kiner-Falefa hit a go-ahead single in the fifth inning and the Texas bullpen protected the lead Wednesday night, giving the Rangers a 4-2 victory over the Oakland Athletics.

Four Texas relievers worked 4 1/3 hitless innings to stop Oakland's four-game winning streak.

Jesse Chavez (1-0) retired all four batters he faced in relief of starter Doug Fister. Keone Kila pitched a perfect ninth for his fourth save of the season.

Kendall Graveman (0-5) got the first two outs in the fifth before four straight batters reached, beginning with Jurickson Profar's double. Texas scored twice in the inning for a 3-2 lead.

Graveman, who entered the game with a 10.07 ERA, recorded season highs with six innings and seven strikeouts.

Khris Davis' two-out, opposite-field home run in the third was his seventh of the season and 19th in 44 career games against Texas, his most against any opponent.

The Rangers' first run scored in the fourth on a grounder when Juan Centeno beat the relay throw to first on what would have been an inning-ending double play. Oakland challenged, and the call stood.

Texas added an insurance run in the eighth on an RBI triple by Ronald Guzman.

Fister was activated from the disabled list earlier in the day and allowed two runs and four hits in 4 2/3 innings while throwing 105 pitches. He was out since April 10 with a right hip strain.

As Fister was activated, Texas placed Adrian Beltre on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring.

SHORT HOPS:
Graveman's 112 pitches equaled his career high. . Oakland acquired RHP Wilmer Font from the Dodgers for LHP Logan Salow. . Texas recalled OF Ryan Rua from Triple-A Round Rock to replace Beltre on the roster and optioned RHP Matt Bush to Round Rock to make room for Fister.

TRAINER'S ROOM:
Athletics: LHP Ryan Buchter left with after facing one batter in the seventh inning with shoulder stiffness.

UP NEXT:
Athletics: LHP Sean Manaea (3-2 1.23), who no-hit the Red Sox on Saturday, will pitch Friday against Houston LHP Dallas Keuchel (1-3, 3.10).

Rangers: LHP Mike Minor (1-1, 3.86), who has lasted six innings in only one of his four starts this season, will face Toronto RHP Marcus Stroman (0-2, 8.55) on Friday.

Downloading a new Font: A's acquire reliever from Dodgers

Downloading a new Font: A's acquire reliever from Dodgers

The A's are taking a flier on a journeyman reliever.

Wilmer Font, a 27-year-old right-handed pitcher was acquired from the Dodgers on Wednesday.

Font has had a rough beginning to the 2018 season. In six appearances with Los Angeles, he allowed 18 hits, 13 earned run and five home runs in 10.1 innings for an ugly 11.32 ERA.

For the moment, Font is not on the A's active roster, but a move could be made soon to give him on the 25-man roster.

Oakland is sending minor league left-handed pitcher Logan Salow back to the Dodgers. A 2017 sixth-round pick, Salow made four appearances for the Low-A Beloit Snappers and posted a 1.59 ERA.