The Oakland A's saw their left fielders hit just .199 with 14 homeruns last season. With the health of Coco Crisp still in doubt, the A's made a move to solidify their left field spot, acquiring slugger Khris Davis from the Milwaukee Brewers. The A's paid a significant price for Davis, trading two top-50 prospects: Jacob Nottingham (#7) and Bubba Derby (#27).
Nottingham was the A's top catching prospect. He was acquired last season from the Houston Astros in the Scott Kazmir deal. Derby was a 2015 draft pick who dominated the New York-Penn League with a good sinker and an excellent change-up. To make room for Davis on the A's 40-man roster, Oakland designated Sean Nolin, their #16 prospect, for assignment. Nolin had an injury-plagued 2015 season and he is out of options. The A's have added significant pitching depth this off-season and must have seen Nolin as a longshot to make the roster out of spring training. He is likely to be traded or claimed off of waivers.
Davis hit 27 homeruns for Milwaukee last season with an 828 OPS. He is limited to left-field defensively, but CF Billy Burns should help cover some the gap in left-center. Davis gives the A's their best right-handed power bat since they traded Josh Donaldson before the 2015 season. He isn't eligible for free agency until 2020. He has hit better at home during his career, but the A's would be happy with his .451 career road SLG. Davis joins Jed Lowrie and Yonder Alonso as significant offensive additions for Oakland this off-season.