Source: Pro Rumors

Chris Davis to Texas Rangers: Let Me Play or Trade Me

Michael Young isn’t the only Ranger that is requesting a trade…

With such a thriving spring at hand including three home runs, Chris Davis has a very simple request from the Texas Rangers. Find room for him on the Opening Day roster or trade him to a team that can use him in the Major Leagues – where he belongs.

Davis tells ESPN:

“I just want to be in the big leagues, whether it’s here or somewhere else. 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.”

However, the problem is that the probability of him making the roster with the Rangers is slim to none and he does understand this. The reason the chance is slim is because the Rangers are ultimately committed to having Mitch Moreland at first base and then the Rangers have acquired both third baseman Adrian Beltre and Mike Napoli who can play at DH, catcher and first base.

As a rookie in 2008, Davis had a batting average of .285 while securing 17 home runs and 55 RBIs over the course of 80 games. After having such a great rookie season, things fell through the floor. Texas sent him to AAA for the past two seasons as the first baseman. In the Minor Leagues, though, he has been far from terrible. He was called up to the Majors and was unable to prove he belonged there and was sent back to AAA after less than a month. However, he has definitely improved since he was in the Bigs the last time specifically by changing his mechanics at the plate.

The 25-year-old has had a very impressive spring thus far and will only continue to shine with a batting average at nearly .400 right now. If he could find a spot in the Major Leagues, he is sure to prove to be successful. Right now, there isn’t a need for Davis because the Rangers are pretty full in the positions that Davis plays; however, they also know that things change. Later on in the season, they may have room to call Davis up, at which time he may find himself a permanent spot with the team if he can prove that he belongs there. Therefore, if the Rangers won’t/can’t find room for him, I’m sure that someone will…

In addition, the Rangers may possibly need to find some help in the bullpen should Neftali Feliz or even Alexi Ogando make the starting rotation. Davis could potentially be part of a trade deal.

“At the end of the day, it’s not about being in a Rangers uniform, but being in a big league uniform,” Davis said. “Maybe now it’s time to turn the page and go somewhere else.”

What do you guys think? Do you think the Rangers should make room for Davis on the roster or do you think a trade would be better suited? Do you think Davis has the potential to become a successful player in the Major Leagues?

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  • Rich

    I’ve watched Chris Davis for a couple of years now…One of the best defensive 1st baseman in the league.. This is going to be the year that Chris puts together a consistent offensive game..So much potential..A 40HR season is in the offing; whether with Texas or somewhere else..Personally; Chris Davis is one of my favorite players on the Rangers and I hope they can keep him.. Another Adrian Gonzalez waiting to happen…

  • Holden Humphreys

    C’mon Chris! Positive attitude? In the same interview you announce that you want to be traded? Who do you think you are, Michael Young?

    1. If possible, players should not request to be traded.
    2. If they feel they must request to be traded, players should not announce to ESPN that they are requesting to be traded.
    3. If they feel they must announce to ESPN that they are requesting to be traded, they should NOT talk about their “good attitude” while they are telling the press that they want to be traded.

    That being said, Davis is a great player defensively and has the potential to be great offensively. I would hate to lose him in case Moreland gets injured or hits a long slump.

    The Rangers may shop him once the trade deadline approaches much later this year. The Rangers will likely be in the position of adding another piece or two before the playoffs and giving up Davis for another arm or to fill a need would make sense. I doubt he will be traded before April, which is probably what he wants.

  • Jonathan Collander

    If it were up to me, Davis starts at 1B I think he earned it.