Thewant to fill two holes on their roster with one signing.
Tampa Bay is reportedly interested in signing free-agent corner infielderand potentially making him a two-way player, sources told .
Davidson, who was non-tendered by the Chicago White Sox in November, is a natural third baseman and has split his time between third, first, and designated hitter since becoming a full-time player in 2017. He’s an established power threat, slugging at least 20 home runs in each of the last two seasons.
The 27-year-old has made just three career appearances as a pitcher, all of them coming during blowout losses last year. He was surprisingly effective on the mound, though, as he didn’t allow a run while tallying a pair of strikeouts and allowing just two baserunners.
During his third relief appearance on Aug. 6, Davidson displayed an impressive arsenal of pitches and struck out former MVPon a 71-mph curveball.
The Rays are known for their out-of-the-box thinking, as they conceived of the “opener” concept that took baseball by storm last year. Davidson wouldn’t even be the organization’s first two-way player, as top prospect Brendan McKay was drafted by the team as a first baseman/left-handed pitcher and hasplayed both positions in the minors.
Davidson slashed .228/.319/.419 with 20 homers, 23 doubles, and 62 RBIs over 496 plate appearances with the White Sox in 2018.
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