Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Texas Rangers: Chris Davis Could Be On His Way Out
Chris Davis was supposed to be the next big thing at first base for the Texas Rangers. He was supposed to be that big power bat at one of the corner infield spots that would bring extra pop to a lineup which only had a few big swingers.
I remember watching Davis when he was a member of the Double-A Frisco Roughriders. I would sit in the stands three hours before a ballgame and watch him hammer pitch after pitch into the stands. He had all the tools to become a good and potentially great player at the next level.
Unfortunately for him, it hasn't exactly worked out that way.
Whether it's a mental thing or something in his swing, the confidence that always seem to be there in the minor leagues has all but left.
Now, it seem the Rangers are ready to trade him out of town especially since they don't have much room for him to play or a position for him to fill.
They want to keep their long time star, Michael Young, happy so it's likely they'll have him splitting time at several different positions including the one spot Davis can play. First base.
While I don't know for sure that the Rangers have lost confidence in Davis, his numbers over the last few years are reason enough for them to try and make a deal to get what they can in return. Maybe it's time for a change for the young player to see if he can succeed elsewhere.
It does him and the Rangers no good for him to sit on the bench. He needs to be somewhere where he can get playing time and at bats to get his confidence back.
There's no question in my mind this kid can play and do so at a high level. Maybe the Rangers brought him up too fast just as they did with young catcher, Taylor Teagarden who hit .155 in 71 at bats last season.
Don't expect a move to happen until possibly a week prior to the first game of the 2011 season. But that doesn't mean general manager Jon Daniels won't be calling around to other teams to gauge their interest.