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Report: Red Sox asked about Oakland slugger Khris Davis

Rob Bradford
December 13, 2017 - 8:13 am

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Red Sox evidently aren't limiting themselves to free agents when it comes to the pursuit of a big bat.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the Sox asked the A's about the availability of slugger Khris Davis. According to the article, Oakland has no plans to move the 29-year-old outfielder.

Davis would fit what the Red Sox are looking for -- someone who can hit the ball out of the ballpark. In his last two years, the righty hitter has hit 42 and 43 home runs, respectively.

While Davis did end up with an .864 OPS in 2017, he also finished with 195 strikeouts in 153 games.

As for his contract, Davis made $5 million last season, having won his first arbitration case. He is arbitration-eligible both this offseason and next before having the chance to hit the open market following the 2019 season.

The Red Sox seem to be prioritizing free agent slugger J.D. Martinez, although president of baseball operations has said at the MLB winter meetings he continues to explore finding a designated hitter or first baseman both in the free agent and trade markets.

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