Slingin' Stearns was at it again on Friday afternoon, folks. The Brewers announced from their official Twitter account that left fielder Khris Davis had been traded to Oakland for a pair of prospects:
The #Brewers have acquired two young prospects, C Jacob Nottingham and RHP Bubba Derby, from Oakland in exchange for OF Khris Davis.— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) February 12, 2016
Susan Slusser, the Oakland Athletics beat writer for the San Francisco Chronicle, was the first to report that a trade was in the works:
Khris Davis sounds like possible #Athletics target here— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) February 12, 2016
Davis, 27, is in his final year of pre-arbitration eligibility. He hit .247/.323/.505 in 2015 with 27 home runs and was third on the team with an OPS of .828. A seventh round draft pick in 2009, Davis made his big league debut in 2013. Davis ends his Brewers career with a .250/.315/.494 batting line, having racked up 60 home runs and 4.1 fWAR.
Jacob Nottingham is the centerpiece of this deal for Milwaukee. The 20-year-old catcher was a sixth round pick by the Astros in 2013 and has now been traded twice in the last eight months, having joined Oakland as part of the deal that sent Scott Kazmir to Houston. Nottingham split time between the Low-A and High-A clubs with Houston and the A's High-A affiliate, hitting a combined .309/.364/.493 in 479 plate appearances. He is No. 66 on the Baseball Prospectus Top 101 Prospects list, giving the Brewers their fifth member of that list. He did not make the MLB Pipeline Top 100, but he was listed as their 8th best catching prospect.
Bowdien "Bubba" Derby is a right handed pitcher that was Oakland's sixth round pick in last year's draft. The 21-year-old flashed big strikeout numbers in 34.2 innings with Low-A Vermont, striking out 34.9% of batters while keeping his walk rate down (7.8%) and allowing a 0.78 ERA.