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Athletics Acquire Ike Davis

The Oakland Athletics have traded international signing money to the Pittsburgh Pirates for former Met Ike Davis.

Ironically, in a related move, the A’s DFA’d former Met Andrew Brown to make room on the 40-man roster for Davis.

In other news, the Athletics also signed former Kansas City Royal Billy Butler. Considering that Butler is a righthanded-hitting DH / first baseman who tends to hit better against lefthanded pitchers, maybe Davis will have an opportunity to platoon a bit in Oakland.

Other transactions over the past week or so:

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