The Pirates had previously designated Davis for assignment. To acquire Davis, the A’s exchanged international slot money with the Pirates. The A’s traded their international slot 27 and received the Pirates’ 86th international slot. The A’s then designated outfielder Andrew Brown for assignment.
In 2014, Davis hit .233 with 11 home runs and 19 doubles. His best season came in 2012 while playing for the Mets when he hit 30 home runs and had 90 RBI.Analysis:
"I haven't really talked a lot about it," Davis said during an interview with WRBS-FM, a contemporary Christian music station. "I didn't want to take the focus off what the team was doing, but eventually I knew that I was going to have to address it and I wanted to. I think the fans deserve an explanation. I think they want to know what happened.
"Basically, in a moment of weakness I made a decision that cost me greatly. And it just goes to show that no matter how successful you've been in the past, no matter how much stuff you have, no matter how strong you are in your faith, the devil is going to continue to come after you.
"Looking back on it, it was probably the best thing that could have happened at the time, but it was definitely one of the hardest things that I've ever had to go through.
"I'm at a point right now where I don't wish to ever go through that again, but I appreciate the process and where it has brought me spiritually."Analysis:
Even though Pujols said he wasn't bothered by his right knee or left foot in 2014, he added his right side hasn't been at full strength since the 2012 season, according to MLB.com.
"The thing that I'm excited about is just to get my leg strong," Pujols said. "I think that's something I'm going to be able to do this year."
Pujols is confident he will be able to have a productive season in 2015, even at 35 years old. But he added the key is making sure his right knee is at full strength. Pujols underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee leading up to the 2013 season.
"You just never know until you come to spring training and start the season, but I'm pretty sure it's going to help me a lot more," Pujols said. "It was a good year (in 2014), but I think it could've been better. I'm going to be able to cover the plate a little bit more (in 2015). You're not going to see me [strike out] as much as I did the first couple of years here, and hopefully driving the ball a little better."Analysis:
Moreland has made 47 appearances in the outfield over five seasons. However, he has made just two appearances and one start in left field.Analysis:
Abreu is the first White Sox player to win the award since shortstop Ozzie Guillen in 1985.Analysis:
The move clears a 40-man roster spot in advance of December's Rule 5 draft. Belnome went 1 for 10 in his major-league debut in 2014 while also hitting .245/.358/.383 with 10 home runs and 49 RBI in 419 at-bats with Durham.Analysis:
The team opted to pay McGowan a $500,000 buyout rather than $4 million next season, while Smoak will receive a $150,000 buyout instead of a $3.65-million contract.Analysis: