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Chris Davis thinks the Rangers will probably trade him

Feb 20, 2011, 5:32 PM EDT

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The Rangers are going to start Mitch Moreland at first base in most of their games this season. He posted a decent .833 OPS, nine home runs and 25 RBI over 173 plate appearances last year and played pretty strong defense.

On days that Moreland doesn’t start, it’ll be either Michael Young or Mike Napoli manning the first base bag. Adrian Beltre, of course, will be covering third.

So, where does that leave 24-year-old infielder Chris Davis? A new team, maybe.

According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, David said Sunday in Rangers camp that he has come to terms with the fact that he might be traded this spring or at some point this summer.

“I have to come to terms with it,” said Davis. “I might not be with the Rangers my whole career or even this season. I understand that people look at me as a guy who has had some success and then struggled, that I might be a guy who they would view as being a ‘change of scenery,’ candidate. I want to be here. But if they move me, I don’t know that it would be a bad thing.”

Davis, 25 in March, has posted really good numbers in the minor leagues. Last season, he hit 14 home runs with a .903 OPS and 80 RBI in 444 plate appearances at the Triple-A level. In 2008, he slugged 23 homers in 77 games between Double-A and Triple-A.

The talent is there, but he’s never been able to put it all together in the big leagues. Maybe that would change in another uniform. He can play both corner infield spots and he is not even eligible for salary arbitration yet. The Rangers should find a good amount of trade interest if they really want to put him out on the market.

  1. Brian Murphy - Feb 20, 2011 at 6:28 PM

    He doesn’t run, doesn’t take walks and has struck out in 32 percent of his MLB at bats. It’s difficult to stick around with one organization that way.

  2. Reflex - Feb 20, 2011 at 10:59 PM

    He’s left handed. The M’s should make a play for him. 3B is the one position they don’t have an elite prospect at, and left handed power plays well at Safeco. Be fun to watch an infield of Smoak/Ackley/Franklin/Davis in the next few years…

  3. baseballstars - Feb 22, 2011 at 4:07 PM

    I watched this guy smack two homers in Triple A when he played against Nashville. The first one was one of the longest homers I’ve ever seen, exiting the stadium and possibly the road running by the stadium. Nelson Cruz also hit a homer off of the giant guitar at Greer. I want to see Davis do well, but he has to cut down on his strikeouts and learn to hit offspeed pitches, or he’ll always be labeled Quad A. Nelson Cruz almost had that label attached to him, but he finally succeeded in the Majors.

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