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Chris Davis wants a trade, but Rangers send him to Triple-A

Mar 29, 2011, 5:45 PM EDT

Chris Davis high five

Chris Davis said last week that he’d prefer the Rangers trade him if they weren’t going to give him a spot on the big-league roster and he may still get his wish before Opening Day, but for now at least Davis has been optioned to Triple-A.

He doesn’t really have anything left to prove in the minors, as he’s hit .328 with a .942 OPS in 178 games at Triple-A spread over parts of three seasons, but Davis also hasn’t impressed when given a chance with the Rangers and he’s behind Mitch Moreland, Michael Young, and Mike Napoli on the first base/designated hitter depth chart.

Davis has tons of power, smacking 39 homers and 47 doubles in 806 at-bats with the Rangers, but he’s also hit just .248 with a .300 on-base percentage and ghastly 278/59 K/BB ratio. He’d be a decent platoon starter or corner infielder backup for quite a few teams, but the Rangers may want to keep him as a fallback option rather than trade him for a modest return.

  1. Reflex - Mar 29, 2011 at 6:29 PM

    Wish the M’s would acquire him. Left handed power plays well at Safeco. Smoak at first, Davis at third, and Ackley/Franklin up the middle could be a hell of a nice young IF.

  2. Panda Claus - Mar 29, 2011 at 6:59 PM

    Hey Nolan, I’ll offer you Robert Andino for Chris Davis. Sound OK to you? Call me.

    –Andy MacPhail

  3. bigtrav425 - Mar 29, 2011 at 7:48 PM

    platoon guy??? would think a guy with his minor league numbers would actually get a real chance at winning a job and/or playing.He has not received a fair chance at all.He could be a solid player for any team

    • dondrapersops - Mar 29, 2011 at 8:16 PM

      @bigtrav – Have you followed the Rangers at all the last 4 years? Believe me, Davis has been given plenty of opportunities by the Rangers in the bigs, and he has failed miserably, especially the last 2 years. They’ve been more than fair with this guy.

      • paperlions - Mar 29, 2011 at 8:35 PM

        Agreed. If you can’t put up decent stats hitting at the Ballpark; there is a good chance you just can’t hit ML pitching.

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