Potential Suitors For Chris Davis

Teams are asking the Rangers about Chris Davis and, by the sounds of it, he wouldn't mind if they listened to offers. Davis told Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com that he wouldn't oppose a trade if the Rangers were interested in making one.

“I just want to be in the big leagues, whether it’s here or somewhere else,” Davis said. “In all fairness, I’ve done everything the Rangers have asked me to do. I’ve been a good sport about it. I’ve had a smile on my face and a good attitude about it. When it comes down to it, the fair thing to do is to give me a shot either here or somewhere else.” 

Mitch Moreland is the favorite to become the Rangers' regular first baseman, so Davis, who has an option remaining, could find himself headed back to the minors despite his strong spring. But the 24-year-old Texan has some appeal to other clubs. 

So which teams could use a powerful, affordable player who can play first and third and who has yet to hit left-handed pitching or hold down a job in the majors for a full season? Here's a speculative look at some teams that may have called GM Jon Daniels about the former top prospect:


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  1. What about San Diego?

    • $1519287 4 years ago

      I see Hawpe and Headley getting the bulk of the playing time in SD, but Hoyer has been aggressive on buy-low guys, especially this winter. You’re right to point out the Padres as a potential destination.

      – BNS

    • GasLampGuru 4 years ago

      Davis makes sense for the Padres on the surface, but not when you look at their organization as a whole. They have Hawpe and Cantu at the major league level, which certainly isn’t anything special. They also have Blanks, Anthony Rizzo, Matt Clark and Cody Decker in the minors. They have a surplus of 1B in their system. Davis would only make sense as a buy-low/sell-high candidate if he rebounds.

  2. VegasANGELSFan 4 years ago

    I don’t know how any discussion about a potential team needing a third baseman can fail to mention the Angels, but I do understand that the Rangers are division rivals. Seems like a possible fit though, the Angels love third baseman who may or may not hit (usually not).

    • $7562574 4 years ago

      you will probably say the same thing even after the angels squash your team in the regular season

      • NickinIthaca 4 years ago

        I’m not sure the Angels will be squashing the Angels at any point this season

    • Philip Marlowe 4 years ago

      You know, the division rival argument seems to be a little less true than it used to be. After all, the Marlins traded Uggla to the Braves and the Rangers traded Smoak to the Mariners. I’m sure there are other examples as well

  3. MadmanTX 4 years ago

    Bottom line: what team needs a first baseman bad enough to give the Rangers enough to make it worthwhile? Personally, I’d keep him as insurance in case Moreland goes down or the Rangers trade MY and they need a powerful bat for DH.

    The last time the Rangers had depth at 1B and traded it away..well now Adrian Gonzalez plays elsewhere.

      • hefe300 4 years ago

        The Rangers are the only one of Pena’s 5 former teams that have anything to show for him right now, though the Rays will wind up with draft picks. Players that don’t break out until their late 20’s don’t do so with their original teams. Gonzalez trade = Bad move. Carlos Pena trade = You can’t wait forever on kids to develop. Roster space and options are not unlimited.

  4. stl_cards16 4 years ago

    I could see the Cardinals as a fit here if Freese continues to have the ankle problems this year. That would provide a 3rd baseman for this year and a possible 1st base replacement if needed next year.

    • Redbirds16 4 years ago

      Possibly, but with Matt Carpenter emerging (he’s also a LH batter, no?), a trade for Davis would appear a luxury, rather than a need.

      The Cards really need to focus on their middle infield, pitching, and resigning Albert Pujols, none of which trading for Davis accomplishes.

      • stl_cards16 4 years ago

        True, with Freese, Carpenter, and Cox we should be covered at 3rd for the coming years. Hopefully Cox can handle second and we could see him at some point next season. At this poing it’s probably best not to make any major moves until mid-season.

    • jwsox 4 years ago

      every one there is a big reason why Chris Davis plays 1st more than any other position. He is not at all good at 3rd.

      • Actually you are incorrect. Davis is great at 1B, and above average at 3B. His only problem is that he strikeout 2/3 of his AB’s.

  5. Jason MacAskill 4 years ago

    I’d add Atlanta and Houston on there too. Atlanta has Hinske on the bench, but Chipper’s not getting younger and they have the rookie Freeman at 1B. And Houston is relying on two young guys (Johnson and Wallace) at the corners.

  6. NatsTown 4 years ago

    Orioles should look at him as a long-term option because Derek Lee definitely isnt it and neither is Brandon Snyder

    • Lookouts400 4 years ago

      I agree, there were rumors that the Orioles would try to trade for Davis in the off-season, but nothing came of it. I wouldn’t mind seeing him try to take aim at the RF scoreboard at OPACY.

      I also agree that Lee is not the long term answer at first but I disagree with your assessment of Snyder. He is one of many Orioles farmhands looking to make good after a horrendous 2010. Let’s face it, the entire organization took a step backward last year and they are all looking to prove it was just a bad dream. Snyder certainly has the talent and did not look over matched in his brief visit last season and he has not looked over matched so far this spring. He was drafted as a catcher and is picking it up at 1B. And then there is Mahoney, with Waring also hanging around.

      The Orioles are not short of legit prospects at 1B.

      • NatsTown 4 years ago

        I disagree, respectfully of course, that Snyder is a legit “First Base” prospect. He looks like a good hitting prospect who could put bat aroud .300 but his offensive game isnt powerful enough to play 1st, especially in that division. And at his age, and production in the minors in 6 seasons, I just dont see any more power potential.

    • ugen64 4 years ago

      unfortunately, it wouldn’t make sense to trade for him at this point. the O’s, for better or worse, seem to be taking a “win now” approach, which they showed by signing Guerrero and Lee at the expense of at-bats for players like Riemold, Bell, and Pie. it’s a shame. the Reynolds + Hardy trades were great – especially Hardy, he is a better player than Bartlett, younger, has a better contract, and cost less in trade. I was hoping they would build on that by looking at potential upside players like Davis, Alex Gordon, etc., or at the very least give chances to the young players they already had, but…

      • NickinIthaca 4 years ago

        In what bizarre universe did the Orioles see themselves contending this year? And this isn’t meant against you, but against the fact that you appear to be right, otherwise they wouldn’t have brought in the two veterans. The only other reasons I can see them signing Vlad and D. Lee are either they: a) are hoping that signing these two veterans and former All-Stars will put some butts in the seats (which I don’t see happening); or b) they are hoping these guys will provide a positive influence on the young guys during their one year in an O’s uniform. My guess is it’s closer to the latter – Buck has never really shown a Torre-like affinity for veterans over younger players.

        • NatsTown 4 years ago

          I agree with you and UGEN64 but i can say that there is a crazy undeserved buzz and I have met people that have gotten season tix this season just do the the excitement. O’s fans are goin crazy here in Maryland, Im tellin you haha

  7. Muggi 4 years ago

    Surprised the Phils weren’t mentioned. They don’t have the room to add any salary, but with Utley down and Polanco removed from the game today (hyperextended elbow IIRC), they’re looking at holes in two locations with only one guy to fill them (Valdez).

    Barfield has been playing well at 2B, but you’d have to think they at least make a call about Davis.

    • johnsilver 4 years ago

      Julio Lugo is a phone call away and is said to work on the cheap.. Seriously though.. With Texas expecting someone to not only pay the majority of Young’s exhorbant salary, but also give up somebody worthwhile in exchange for him. I am one of the people that still see Scutaro headed to Phillie if Utley misses more than a month.

      His steady play isn’t going to even come close to replacing the best 2B in the game, but it will give u a solid/average guy to fill in for awhile and toward the tail in of last season he did an admirable job at 2B for Boston when his shoulder injury forced them to slide him there to shorten his throws up while Lowrie played Short.

  8. BleedingBlue 4 years ago

    I think Davis could be a nice option for the Dodgers to spell Casey Blake with a LH bat and give them another option should Blake go down for an extended period of time. Otherwise, Uribe is forced to move to 3rd and Carroll (along with his .339 slugging pct.) comes in @ 2B. He’s also insurance should the Dodgers decide to non-tender Loney at the conclusion of this season.

    I’m sure under performing guys like John Ely or Scott Elbert could get the deal done.

    • Ely would get eaten alive in Arlington and I actually think hes gonna be a decent part of the pitching staff coming soon. If the Rangers want something of worth for Davis, then Davis is gonna get real upset about sitting in Triple A.

  9. Chris Solberg 4 years ago

    I echo the comment about the Braves, I doubt they’d be comfortable with Hinske in the outfield (Prado to third), or utility infielders taking over in the event of a Chipper breakdown. Then again, Davis is not much of an option at third.

    Also, maybe the Mariners as they may want to hedge against the holes in Smoak’s swing.

  10. 5_tool_MiLB_fool 4 years ago

    id like to see the marlins push for alex gordon instead of davis and give matt dominguez to the royals. Then it would be awesome to see moustakas and dominguez compete for the starting 3B job

  11. kimofromkauai 4 years ago

    I would suggest the Dodgers as a potential buyer. Loney and Blake should both be gone next season (or sooner). Maybe a prospect or relief pitcher would be enough.

  12. Philip Marlowe 4 years ago

    Why not the Cubs? Davis is a LH bat that can fill in for Ramirez when he inevitably gets injured. Plus, it might not hurt to be back with Rudy Jaramillo.

    • He actually kind of hated Jaramillo. They had a big falling out in 2009 when Davis was having his really awful season and he felt that Rudy wasn’t doing anything to help him get his mechanics back on track.

  13. jwsox 4 years ago

    everyone needs to seriously stop thinking chris davis can play 3rd he has only ever played 44 games at 3rd in his big league career (192 at 1st in his mlb career) and holds a -33.5 UZR for third base for his MLB career DUDE CANT FIELD THE POSITION!!! he isnt going to the phillies, he isnt going to the dodgers to spell blake, he isnt going to the mets to take over for wright if moved, he is a 1st base/dh nothing more

    also he has no right to be asking for a trade, he has been given every chance in the world since coming up in 08 and has never been able to keep the job. Even when the rangers got rid of Smoak for lee he still was not able to beat out moreland to take over at 1st. Yes he can rake in AAA but he simply cant hold down the position on a big league club. He needs to realize that.

    • Scouting reports, take them for however you like, say that he’s slimmed down this year and is more mobile and looks a lot better at the position. Not saying he’d be good, or even average, but he should be better than his past.

      • jwsox 4 years ago

        But it’s the same argument all over with him just because he can do it in the minors does not mean he can do it in the majors

  14. NickinIthaca 4 years ago

    I guess all good comments are good in moderation…

  15. NickinIthaca 4 years ago

    Did I offend someone?

  16. NickinIthaca 4 years ago

    David Wright. Evan Longoria. Not being traded any time soon. Especially Longoria.

  17. Tell Nick about your Longoria punching the GM theory. I’m sure he’d love to hear it.

  18. jwsox 4 years ago

    really? how is that? and to who? oh right and for what? Is this the same evan longoria who signed one of if not the most team friendly deals in MLB history, if all the options are picked up(THEY WILL BE considering the most expensive is only 11 mill) he is under team controll untill 2016. SO unless a team is trading the rays their #1,2,3,4 pitching prospects+#1,2,3,4,5,and 6 top infield prospects+3 of the teams top out field prospects+ the teams top catching prospect and about 20 million dollars he is not going any where and there is literally no point to move him

    Wright might be moved considering how screwed the mets owners are in terms of money

  19. 5_tool_MiLB_fool 4 years ago

    To be honest i think Ethier will be gone before Kemp. Mind you, I see every player on the dodgers 25-man roster not named Clayton Kershaw coming to a ballpark near you, summer 2011.

  20. The Dodgers will not sell if they are out of it. Pretty sure they were out of it last year and they decided to ADD.. Why will they sell if they are out this season? Because the Phillies have Billions of dollars? Are the Phillies gonna give McCourt 100 million dollars for Kemp?

  21. jwsox 4 years ago

    Wow you really think the phillies are going to get everyone dont you? The phillies don’t have the prospects to get half of Matt kemp let alone kemp and longoria like you seen to think. Do your self a favor a leave this site

  22. The Dodgers decided to sign Ted Lilly to a 3 year deal, resigned Kuroda for 12 million, and signed Garland to a 2 year deal, just to sell the roster off in the summer? THE DODGERS WILL NOT SELL as long as McCourt is here. It makes no sense.. devalue the roster for potential buyers? I am sure someone will love to buy a team that just sold their key players.. the same ones who were part of two LCS runner ups.
    But I see where youre going……

  23. 5_tool_MiLB_fool 4 years ago

    i will say i over-exaggerated a bit, but all of their position players will be up for grabs should they be significantly out of 1st place by july 1 (maybe by about 10 games and somewhere under .500)

  24. NickinIthaca 4 years ago

    Should I just never respond? That has to be the key!

  25. jwsox 4 years ago

    He has to you dumb as s. This isn’t football where you can sit out. And he isn’t better than arod. He is on par with arod but arod, lime every other player in every sport gets paid for what he HAS done and what he might do, where as longiria is getting paid solely on what he might do. In about 15 years if longoria keeps putting up seasons like 09 then yes he is better but now he isn’t.

    And comparing a Yankees player to anyone else is comparing apples to oranges. Alexi Ramirez is a better offensively and defensively short stop than jeter and will get paid half what he makes, do you hear him complain? Nope

    Also you never said who longoria would be traded to( I know from other posts of yours it’s the phillies) but who would they trade? Also money is tight for them because of the Howard deal.

    Longoria is under team control untill 2016 wether you like it or not he is not going to be traded until at the earliest summer of 2016 now stop with the asinine posts

  26. johnsilver 4 years ago

    Someone must have never seen Chase utley play, prefers AL over NL players, or thinks Cano is anywhere near Utley’s class defensively. Utley also has at least an equal bat vs Cano and has done it far longer.

    Might be apples vs oranges, but Utley is the best in the game with Cano 2nd.. Pedey probably 3rd, but way behind those 2.

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