July 19, 2024

Yankees trade for infielder J.D. Davis, place Giancarlo Stanton on 10-day IL

NEW YORK — Hours after the New York Yankees put designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton on the 10-day injured list, they made a move to fill his spot — at least temporarily.

The Yankees traded with the Oakland A’s, acquiring struggling corner infielder J.D. Davis in exchange for Double-A third baseman Jordan Groshans and cash. Oakland designated Davis for assignment on June 18. He hit just .236 with four home runs, five RBIs and a .670 OPS in 39 games. Davis played mostly first base this season (24 games) compared to third base (14 games).

Davis will likely work into the 1B/3B rotation with D.J. LeMahieu and Ben Rice. Rice, a rookie, was called up after Anthony Rizzo (fractured forearm) went on the 60-day IL last week. The Yankees made room for Davis on their 40-man roster by putting reliever Nick Burdi on the 60-day IL.

They’ll likely demote infielder Oswaldo Peraza to place Davis on the active roster.

Peraza, a glove-first prospect, hasn’t hit well to start the season in Triple A. In 28 games with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Peraza is slashing .178/.313/.215 with one homer and 11 RBIs. Peraza, 24, used to be a well-regarded prospect who is still young and has power but is a backup.

The deal for Davis was made as the Yankees were facing the Atlanta Braves at Yankee Stadium on Sunday. Davis will likely join the Yankees when they face the New York Mets — Davis’ former team — on Tuesday. The Yankees are off Monday.

The Yankees were forced to make the deal due to a scarcity of good options at Triple-A. Top prospects Jasson Domínguez and Everson Pereira were both on the injured list. Manager Aaron Boone said that calling up fellow top prospect Spencer Jones from Double A wasn’t part of the Yankees’ conversations.

Davis, 31, has been in decline offensively in recent years, seeing his OPS+ fall every season since 2021 when it was at 125. He posted a 116 OPS+ in 2022, a 105 OPS+ in 2023 and a 96 OPS+ with Oakland. The San Francisco Giants cut Davis in spring training, despite the two parties having agreed to a $6.9 million salary via arbitration. They got out of paying most of it when they cut him on March 11. Oakland then signed Davis to a one-year, $2.5-million deal.

It’s unclear how long Stanton will be on the IL. He was slated for tests on his strained left hamstring Sunday. Boone said he was examined by a doctor on Saturday night following a 8-3 win over the Braves, in which Stanton was pulled in the sixth inning.

Stanton sustained the left hamstring strain during the fourth inning, wincing after he touched third base following a Gleyber Torres line drive to left field. Stanton started toward home plate on his left foot and scored as Torres reached second base, but exited the game in the sixth inning before he was set to hit. He went 1-for-2 before exiting.

Boone said that the hope was that Stanton wouldn’t miss much time and that he was “in pretty good spirits” late Saturday.

In 260 at bats this season, Stanton is slashing .246/.302/.492 with 18 home runs and 45 RBIs. Entering Saturday, Stanton was hitting .292 with a .363 on-base percentage and a .946 OPS in 72 at-bats with runners in scoring position.

“He’s been that force that you want in the middle, he’s been a threat everyday,” Boone said. “He’s gotten a lot of big hits for us, obviously hit the ball out of the ballpark. These things happen throughout the year. You’re going to go through times where you get dinged up. “

The Yankees are first in the American League East with a 52-27 record. They finish their three-game series against the Braves on Sunday.

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