Jason Davis Ends Comeback Attempt

It's been eight years since Jason Davis was the Indians' number two starter behind CC Sabathia, but his comeback attempt with those same Indians came to an end yesterday. Paul Hoynes of The Cleveland Plain-Dealer reports (on Twitter) that Davis, who was in camp on a minor league deal, ended his comeback attempt after just a week.

Davis, now 30, didn't pitch at all in 2010, taking what was termed a "mental break." He last appeared in the big leagues in 2008 with the Pirates, and has battled control problems in recent years. In his last 96 1/3 innings (that includes his time in Pittsburgh plus a Triple-A stint in 2009), he walked 53 batters and struck out only 38. Davis finishes his career with a 4.82 ERA in 461 innings, having played for the Tribe, Mariners, and Bucs. 

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  1. alot of players make less the 50k some deals are like 12k 16k when your talkin internation league signings. see what victor martinez signed for at age 16 with cleveland

  2. Minor League minimum salary for players on their clubs’ 40-man rosters is set at $67,300 (up from 2010′s $65,000), but only players who have at least one year of being on the 40-man under their belt or at least one day of MLB service will be bound by the salary floor. For Minor League players on the 40-man roster who do not fit into either category (i.e. players just named to their teams’ 40-man rosters and without any MLB service), their minimum salary will be $33,700 (up from 2010′s $32,500).

  3. peterherman 4 years ago

    Either that or loved and respected the game enough to realistically know when his body and mind couldn’t hack it any longer.

  4. petrie000 4 years ago

    Or maybe just knew it wasn’t going anywhere and wanted to spare himself and his family the life of a minor league ‘project’?

    He’s not going to get any better at this point in his career, and nobody gives long-term deals to to pitchers with control problems. So his choice boils down to spending another 5-10 years in a new city almost every season, or hanging up the cleats, settling down and starting ‘life after baseball’ while he’s still got time to make a career out of it.

    Give the man some credit for giving it everything he had and then not pulling a sad imitation of Brett Favre when he’s done.

  5. sportsnut969 4 years ago

    Minor league players make pretty good money, so IMO could be that he realized the with his education level he would earn more money in the real world than he would pitching out of the bullpen in the Indians AAA club in Columbus Ohio.

    Alot of people think that the hanger on or minor league lifers after getting to know several minor league ballplayers as friends I have realized that the guys who signed out of high school realize that not only can they make more than on the street in normal life playing minor league baseball but if they did move on not only do the lack a skill to survive in the real world if they signed out of high school but they will not be able to efford to go to college.

  6. Dodgerblue18 4 years ago

    Minor league players really don’t make that much money…

  7. vilifyingforce 4 years ago

    …compared to major leaguers.

  8. Half a million a year ain’t bad.

  9. vilifyingforce 4 years ago

    I’m sorry, how much did that sad imitation of Brett Favre make?

  10. Knapp11 4 years ago

    Sure, a player could earn half a million bucks in the minors, but I’m pretty sure Davis wouldn’t have that hearty of a paycheck. The average AAA player earns close to $2,150/month, plus paying for his own food. And who really wants to spend their time as a 30 year old hanging around in the minors, riding from city to city via the team bus?

  11. petrie000 4 years ago

    according to http://www.baseball-reference.com, about $1.6 million for his career before taxes by ’08, the last time he was on a guaranteed salary.

    Does that change anything about what i said before? That there’s more to consider for people like Davis than simply a paycheck and a long shot dream at major-league stardom?

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