Sep 18, 2015; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Khris Davis (18) is greeted in the dugout after hitting a solo home run in the second inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

The Oakland Athletics have added some pop to their lineup, acquiring left fielder Khris Davis in a trade with the Milwaukee Brewers.

The deal was originally reported by Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, who’s also reporting that Davis will be the A’s primary left fielder.



Davis is a definite home run threat and should slot in somewhere in the middle of the A’s lineup. He’s never had more than 501 at-bats in a single season but has topped 20 home runs twice in three MLB seasons. In 2015, injuries kept Davis to only 392 at-bats, but he still bombed a career high 27 homers.

The right-handed hitting slugger has actually had slightly more success batting against right-handed pitching .254/.320/.493) than he has against lefties (.238/.303/.495).

This move confirms what we already knew for the Brewers — they’re rebuilding. Jacob Nottingham is a huge catcher, listed at 6’3, 230 pounds. He has a solid .284/.352/.452 slash line, but will be 21 in April and has never played above A-ball, while Bubba Derby hasn’t even reached that level.

The trade will almost certainly open up a starting spot in the outfield for 23-year-old Domingo Santana.



Given that Milwaukee is certainly in a rebuilding mode, it would not be at all surprising if they dealt other veteran stars (Ryan Braun, Jonathan Lucroy, Matt Garza, Will Smith) before the Aug. 1 deadline.