The Red Sox are making a flurry of moves right at the trade deadline, with a couple of deals coming in right after the deadline passed. They acquired reliever Hansel Robles earlier in the day, and now they’ve added another reliever in Austin Davis. For this one, they’ve dealt off the 40-man, with Michael Chavis going to the Pirates. The deal was first reported by Keith Law of The Athletic.
Boston has traded Michael Chavis to Pittsburgh for Austin Davis.— keithlaw (@keithlaw) July 30, 2021
Chavis has been in the Red Sox organization since 2014, when he was the team’s first round pick. He made it to the top of their farm system rankings before coming up, though that was at perhaps the lowest point for the system. He hasn’t really been able to put it all together in the majors, despite some flashes. Chavis has put up an OPS+ of just 83 for his career, and since the start of 2020 he’s got just a mark of 60. There is still some upside there if he can figure out how to hit fastballs up in the zone, but it hadn’t looked like he was going to make it happen with the Red Sox.
As for Davis, he is more depth than someone who can help in any major way. The southpaw has 71 2⁄3 innings in his career in the majors, pitching to a 5.65 ERA with 78 strikeouts and 33 walks. This season he has a 5.59 ERA in the majors and a 2.65 mark at Triple-A.